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roller coaster
Dorney Park
Location Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Defunct
Operated May 6, 1989 to September 1, 2003
Cost $6,000,000 USD
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Builder Dinn Corporation
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers
Type Wooden - Terrain
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height95 feet
Δ elevation157 feet
Drop151 feet
Top speed65 mph
Length4000 feet
Steepest drop47°
G-force2.9 g
Hercules Logo.jpg

Hercules was a wooden roller coaster located at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. It operated from May 6, 1989 to September 1, 2003. It was built by Dinn Corporation and designed by Curtis D. Summers.

History[edit | edit source]

When the ride opened, it was advertised as being the "World's Tallest Wooden Roller Coaster". This was not true, however it did have the tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster.[1]

The coaster gained a reputation as a rough and uncomfortable ride experience, which earned the coaster the nickname, Hurt-Your-Knees by roller coaster enthusiasts. The turn after the first drop became very infamous for its roughness.

The ride was closed in 2003 due to poor ridership and excessive noise created by the ride.[2]

Hydra The Revenge, a floorless roller coaster occupies the spot where Hercules once was.

Design[edit | edit source]


The ride has a terrain track layout.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

References[edit | edit source]

Tallest wooden roller coaster drop
May 1989 - May 1991
Preceded by
American Eagle
Tallest wooden roller coaster drop
May 1989 - May 1991
Succeeded by
Mean Streak

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Hercules on the Roller Coaster DataBase.