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Kinda disappointed that the ride sounds painful . Looking at the layout, it reminded me a lot of Maverick, but without the defensive riding. It seems that this is not the case. Having to ride defensively really takes away from a ride.

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I've asked this before, but I never got an answer, so I'll ask again: Is there a good chance HP will create an unlimited Fast Track product in the later years, or is the current "One ride per coaster" Fast Track option likely to stay the only form?

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I will gladly marathon it. If I can put up with 30+ rides on Voyage twice this wont be an issue. And I say that absolutely sincerely, it wouldn't bother me. I've taken the neck beating on Maverick for a long time, its not as bad as people make it out to be. Complaining about intense rides being too intense would be counter-intuitive (and hypocritical of me) since those are the rides I long for. Not trying to be a hard ass, I just ignore pain like that. Other things to think about like how awesome it would be.

 

So who wants to get me out of work for a day so I can marathon it? I also need some gas money for the 10hr drive...

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I will gladly marathon it. If I can put up with 30+ rides on Voyage twice this wont be an issue. And I say that absolutely sincerely, it wouldn't bother me. I've taken the neck beating on Maverick for a long time, its not as bad as people make it out to be. Complaining about intense rides being too intense would be counter-intuitive (and hypocritical of me) since those are the rides I long for. Not trying to be a hard A$$, I just ignore pain like that. Other things to think about like how awesome it would be.

 

So who wants to get me out of work for a day so I can marathon it? I also need some gas money for the 10hr drive...

 

 

Haha...love it!

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So now you're complaining about people complaining about the complainers?

 

Sure, why not?

 

And now you're complaining about people complaining about people complaining about the complainers?

 

Someone else - not a complainer or a complainer complainer but a complainer defender - mentioned that this would be much better with B&M clamshells.

 

While those restraints are the best ever made for steel rollercoasters, they wouldn't work on this ride. I really think it would be chucking back seat riders in that case.

 

What makes those things wonderful is you can give yourself a couple inches of room, fly all over the place, and still feel safe. On ThighKrush, you have two choices: Pain, or certain death.

 

It's a thrill ride, baby!

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According to actual G force limits, you have to be above -1.5 G's after 0.5 seconds. So my guess is that the airtime was just a little outside the legal limits, so they put the trims on so the ride will be just within legal airtime limits, meaning either it gets above -1.5 before the 0.5 second part, or it stays comfortably within the -1.4 range, as you can keep a ride at -1.4 for up to four seconds.

I don't see how a .10 of extra gravitational pull has to be 3.5 seconds shorter then 1.4 negative g's. I too would like to see these standards. Anybody experience any redding out on this ride?

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Someone else - not a complainer or a complainer complainer but a complainer defender - mentioned that this would be much better with B&M clamshells.

There were days I rode Intimidator 232 several times in a row and my thighs ended up sore from hitting the restraints. Apollo's Chariot has worn my thighs out after several back row rides in a row. If the airtime is strong enough, your thighs are going to hurt regardless. Honestly, after riding Skyrush and Apollo back to back days, the material on AC's lapbars isn't that much softer than Skyrush. They're more ergonomic than Skyrush's restraints, and they're ratcheting instead of hydraulic, but the material surely isn't the problem. But I still don't think it's any different (or worse) than any of the other modern Intamins, all of them have a tendency to staple down throughout the ride. So this isn't anything new.

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Someone else - not a complainer or a complainer complainer but a complainer defender - mentioned that this would be much better with B&M clamshells.

There were days I rode Intimidator 232 several times in a row and my thighs ended up sore from hitting the restraints. Apollo's Chariot has worn my thighs out after several back row rides in a row. If the airtime is strong enough, your thighs are going to hurt regardless. Honestly, after riding Skyrush and Apollo back to back days, the material on AC's lapbars isn't that much softer than Skyrush. They're more ergonomic than Skyrush's restraints, and they're ratcheting instead of hydraulic, but the material surely isn't the problem. But I still don't think it's any different (or worse) than any of the other modern Intamins, all of them have a tendency to staple down throughout the ride. So this isn't anything new.

 

And that brings us back to Robb's post a few pages back.

 

On another note, I didn't realize that BG was so close to Hershey. I may have to re-examine my trip for tomorrow and Thurs!

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I hope there's enough cheese to go along with the amount of wHine in here lately . Holy Crap

 

I'm just worried when all these "fans" start cutting the cheese! Sometimes you've got to take some pain with the pleasure. If you can't take it don't ride it again. Without riding it yet (hopefully in the next several weeks), I can't wait. As my signature says, I live for the airtime! I know this will be in my top 10 and probably in the top 5.

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Hersheypark has sent us another press release regarding Skyrush!

 

On Saturday, May 26, Hersheypark debuts a new rush for riders – Skyrush. A mega/hyper coaster with winged seating, Skyrush is the Park’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster that towers above at 200 feet, soars with speeds in excess of 75 mph and careens along 3,600 feet of twisting and turning steel track.

 

Skyrush is designed for riders who want to experience the sensation of flying. The coaster features one-of-a-kind inner/outer seating with two platform, floored seats flanked on each side by a floorless, winged outer seat. The winged seating offers a staggering 270-degree panoramic viewing perspective with an innovative “freedom-style” restraint system.

 

Built by world-renowned coaster manufacturer Intamin, Skyrush transports riders through five zero-G airtime hills in a transition from positive to negative gravity while crossing over the entire length of Comet, the oldest roller coaster in Hersheypark.

 

The train begins its skyward climb – at 26 feet per second – before it even leaves the station. Upon cresting the track’s peak, the train races down an 85-degree descent and sends riders rushing into the first of four high-speed, high-banked turns as it interacts with coaster favorites Comet, sooperdooperLooper and Great Bear.

Skyrush brings the Park’s arsenal of coasters to an even dozen, providing numerous thrills for all coaster lovers.

 

If your Hersheypark rush is not a coaster, plunge into nine unique water attractions at The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. Step into East Coast Waterworks with more than 54,000 galloons of wet invigorating fun and enjoy nearly 600 interactive water toys. For a leisurely ride, relax and climb onto a raft through Intercoastal Waterway as the lapping currents sway along the scenic route.

 

Need a music rush? Hersheypark has that, too. “TAP- The Show,” an explosive showcase of tap artistry or “Wild Country,” a boot-stompin’ good time, are two of the fifteen acts rockin’ and rollin’ at the Park.

 

Whether it’s a high-energy rush, revitalizing rush, or the rush from seeing a child take their very first spin on a ride, Hersheypark has it all.

For more information or to take a virtual ride on Skyrush, please visit www.Hersheypark.com.

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I honestly cannot believe the amount of idiotic complaining in this thread. Again, this absolutely makes me believe that rides like SkyRush do not belong in this country. What happened to America??!!? I thought this was supposed to be a country full of strong leaders, not a bunch of pussies!

 

Seriously, I really hope a Mega-Lite never gets built here. Apparently, the USA needs more cookie-cutter, predictable, boring B&Ms, and let Europe and Asia have all the really intense, cutting edge Intamin rides.

 

They belong there.

 

--Robb

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While those restraints are the best ever made for steel rollercoasters, they wouldn't work on this ride. I really think it would be chucking back seat riders in that case.

 

As you are talking about the B & M clamshells...nope I honestly think that Mack takes the cake with those on their lauchers !

 

Anyway...a coaster with ultra-strong negative g`s needs MUCH better lap bars that other coasters...and Intamin should know and care about that...

 

BUT (!) thank god they are there to build those rides that make "perfect" shaped and/or padded lap bars necessary

 

Go Intamin, goooo...

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I honestly cannot believe the amount of idiotic complaining in this thread. Again, this absolutely makes me believe that rides like SkyRush do not belong in this country. What happened to America??!!? I thought this was supposed to be a country full of strong leaders, not a bunch of pussies!

 

Seriously, I really hope a Mega-Lite never gets built here. Apparently, the USA needs more cookie-cutter, predictable, boring B&Ms, and let Europe and Asia have all the really intense, cutting edge Intamin rides.

 

They belong there.

 

--Robb

 

I share your pain.

 

My faith in America has been shaken ever since I stumbled upon this thread and saw all the whining about my beloved Hershey Park Wildcat. It's an amazing engineering feat of a ride...a wild, out of control woodie that harkens back to classics we'll never see again like the CI Tornado or the PLayland Aeroplane...and pussy after pussy keeps saying it's "too rough" and "turns innards into mush."

 

What would the greatest of all Americans - the greatest generation, our WWII vets - think about such unbridled girly-ism?

 

We don't deserve them, the greatest amongst us in our history, and surely, we don't deserve the Wildcat.

 

Ben Franklin weeps.

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^I would say they're about 5-5 1/2 hours apart depending on traffic. You have to go through northern VA no matter which route you take, and that can be a disaster if you're unlucky.

 

This man is correct. I don't know the trip is planned, but if it's anywhere near rush hour you'll run into an hour minimum of traffic, and it can get much worse than that. Probably better off spending the day at Busch and Kings Dominion, and heading toward PA later at night.

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^How is the statement that Wildcat is rough and "innard mushing" any different from your opinion of Skyrush? I happen to be one of those people who avoid Wildcat at all costs. It has gotten to the point where it ruins my visits to the park. But that's my opinion. Your's may be different. By the way congrats on calling the owner of this website a pussy because he doesn't agree with your love of Wildcat. (Hope you can feel the sarcasm there). If I read correctly, Robb was the one who asked is Wildcat still turns innard to mush...

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The majority of the restraints on Intamin rides tend to click down under conditions of high positive g-force, that really isn't new. Granted, going into the ride knowing that its negatives are on par with El Toro, I really doubt you should expect it to be kind to your legs. Probably the most insane moments of airtime I have felt are on the hop prior to the MCBR on NTAG and the second drop on the S&S Double Shot. The negatives are not even sustained for very long, and theoretically should not be sustained for long, so just be prepared to experience that pull out of your seat.

 

Keep in mind that the restraints are prototypes and completely new; if Intamin plans to reuse them, they will more than likely refine the design. It's really not that big of a deal to fuss over.

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