Sooperdooperlooper's train cresting over a hill
|Opening date||July 4, 1977|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||75 ft (23 m)|
|Drop||70 ft (21 m)|
|Length||2,614 ft (797 m)|
|Speed||45 mph (72 km/h)|
|Capacity||1175 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||42 in (107 cm)|
|SooperDooperLooper at RCDB
Pictures of SooperDooperLooper at RCDB
The train leaves the station and immediately makes a slight right turn before proceeding up the lift hill. At the top of the lift hill, the train makes a 180 degree left turn with a small dip, descends a long gentle drop, then enters the vertical loop. It then makes a long, ascending sweeping left turn that travels through the middle of the loop. Next, it traverses a gentle right curve which includes a short tunnel. The ride concludes with a series of bunny hills and a 540-degree right-hand helix. The trains on the SooperDooperLooper seat 2 riders in each row, with each individual rider having their own locking lap bar to hold them in place. This design differs from most other looping roller coasters because it lacks an over-the-head restraint. The tunnel that occurs part-way through the ride used to contain an animatronic spider that would drop down towards the train and scare the riders. The ride opened with three trains, but as the need for capacity diminished over the years, the coaster now runs with only two.
SooperDooperLooper is located in the Hollow section of the park, across from Skyrush.
In October, when Hersheypark is decorated in a Halloween theme (Hersheypark in the Dark), the SooperDooperLooper is dubbed the SooperBOOperLooper.
In 1989 the original Schwarzkopf trains were replaced with trains manufactured by Giovanola. For the 2012 season the Giovanola trains were replaced with trains manufactured by Gerstlauer. The trains were installed by Ride Entertainment Group, which handles Gerstlauer's operations in the Western Hemisphere. The control system was also updated with magnetic brakes provided by Velocity Magnetics. One Giovanola train was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives.
An On-Ride photo system was installed prior to the 2014 season.
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