Wildcat (Hersheypark)

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This article is about the roller coaster currently located at Hersheypark. For Hersheypark's former roller coaster with the same name, see Wild Cat (Hersheypark).
Wildcat
Wildcat (Drop).JPG
Wildcat's first drop
Hersheypark
Coordinates 40°17′33″N 76°39′21″W / 40.29250°N 76.65583°W / 40.29250; -76.65583Coordinates: 40°17′33″N 76°39′21″W / 40.29250°N 76.65583°W / 40.29250; -76.65583
Status Operating
Opening date May 26, 1996
Cost US$5,000,000
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Designer Clair Hain and Mike Boodley
Height 106 ft (32 m)
Drop 85 ft (26 m)
Length 3,183 ft (970 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
G-force 3.5
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Wildcat at RCDB
Pictures of Wildcat at RCDB

Wildcat is a wooden roller coaster located at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is located in the Midway America section of the park, just across from Wild Mouse. The ride was named after Wild Cat (Hersheypark), Hersheypark's first roller coaster, which operated from 1923 to 1945 (1923–1945). Wildcat was also the first coaster built by Great Coasters International, and initially ran with trains built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company until 2007 when they were replaced with GCI's Millennium Flyer trains.

Like many other GCI coasters, Wildcat contains a curved first drop to reduce chances of nausea. There is an on-ride camera located towards the end of the ride prior to the final brake run.

The ride was known for being extremely rough and painful while operating with the original trains. After the ride was retrofitted with Millennium Flyer trains, guests and enthusiasts alike noticed that the ride was less painful but retained its original roughness.

The Wildcat is located on a relatively large hill, causing it to appear much higher than it is in reality.[1]

In October, when Hersheypark is decorated in a Halloween theme (Hersheypark in the Dark), the Wildcat is dubbed the Scaredycat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randy Kraft (August 11, 1996). "Test Drive Hershey's New Coaster". Allentown Morning Call / Indiana, PA Gazette. p. E-5.