- For the roller coaster at Paultons Park formerly called Stinger, see Cat-O-Pillar.
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|Stinger in 2012.|
|Type||Steel - Inverted - Shuttle|
|Model / product||Invertigo|
|Riders per train||28|
|Area||282.2 feet × 98.4 feet|
Top speed50 mph
Stinger was a steel inverted shuttle roller coaster located at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. Prior to arriving at Dorney Park, it operated at California's Great America. It was one of four Invertigo models from Vekoma and the first to be scrapped.
History[edit | edit source]
The coaster first operated at California's Great America from March 21, 1998 to October 31, 2010. After its closure, it was refurbished and repainted in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It subsequently reopened at Dorney Park on April 28, 2012 on the spot formerly occupied by Laser. On December 15, 2017, Dorney Park announced on their website that Stinger would be removed for the 2018 season. It was taken down during 2018 and subsequently scrapped.
Design[edit | edit source]
Stinger was an inverted shuttle coaster featuring special back-to-back seats. The train car was pulled up a tower in reverse and released through a cobra roll element and a vertical loop. The train then ascended another tower and dropped to run the course in reverse. The ride was painted royal blue and featured a scorpion theme. It was one of only four Invertigos built by Vekoma.
Incidents[edit | edit source]
On August 10, 2009 at California's Great America, the ride stopped on the lift hill, stranding a full train of riders for over three hours. Riders had to be evacuated by fire crews. No injuries were reported.
On June 6, 2012, the train stalled again on the lift hill. Riders were stranded for 90 minutes before being lowered into the station.
References[edit | edit source]
- Allentown's Just Brimming With Coaster Track - NewsPlusNotes
- Dorney Park to Remove Stinger Roller Coaster - NewsPlusNotes
- Exclusive Photos of the Deconstruction of Stinger at Dorney Park - NewsPlusNotes
- 24 riders rescued from California roller coaster - CNN
- Riders stuck on Dorney Park roller coaster for 90 minutes - 69 NEWS
|Roller coasters at Dorney Park|
|Present||Hydra The Revenge • Possessed • Steel Force • Talon • Thunderhawk • Wild Mouse • Woodstock's Express|
|Former||Dragon Coaster • Flying Dutchman • Hercules • Kiddie Coaster • Laser • Scenic Railway • Steel First • Stinger • Wild Mouse|
|Roller coasters at California's Great America|
|Present||Demon • Flight Deck • Gold Striker • Grizzly • Lucy's Crabbie Cabbie • Patriot • Psycho Mouse • RailBlazer • Woodstock Express|
|Former||Greased Lightnin' • Gulf Coaster • Invertigo • Stealth • Whizzer|