SooperDooperLooper

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SooperDooperLooper
SooperDooperLooper train.jpg
Sooperdooperlooper's train cresting over a hill
Hersheypark
Coordinates 40°17′11″N 76°39′13″W / 40.28639°N 76.65361°W / 40.28639; -76.65361Coordinates: 40°17′11″N 76°39′13″W / 40.28639°N 76.65361°W / 40.28639; -76.65361
Status Operating
Opening date July 4, 1977
Cost $3 million
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Terrain Coaster
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)
Inversions 1
Duration 1:30
Capacity 1175 riders per hour
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
SooperDooperLooper at RCDB
Pictures of SooperDooperLooper at RCDB

The SooperDooperLooper is a looping roller coaster at Hersheypark. It was designed as a terrain coaster by Werner Stengel, and built by Anton Schwarzkopf.

Elements[edit]

Rider experience[edit]

SooperDooperLooper's inversion

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.[1]

Additional information[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2][3] 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.[2]

An On-Ride photo system was installed prior to the 2014 season.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hershey Community Archives
  2. ^ a b c Shaw, B. Derek (2012). "Hersheypark SDL gets new trains" (PDF). Amusement Today. p. 6. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Projects". Ride Entertainment Group. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ http://gtpcorp.com/about/