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Wildcat's first drop
|Opening date||May 26, 1996|
|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)|
|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.
In October, when Hersheypark is decorated in a Halloween theme (Hersheypark in the Dark), the Wildcat is dubbed the Scaredycat.
- Randy Kraft (August 11, 1996). "Test Drive Hershey's New Coaster". Allentown Morning Call / Indiana, PA Gazette. p. E-5.
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