Great Bear

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Great Bear
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Hersheypark
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since May 23, 1998
Cost $13,000,000 USD
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Inverted
Track layout Terrain
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1,300
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 90 feet
Drop 124 feet
Top speed 58 mph
Length 2800 feet
Inversions 4
Duration 2:55
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Great Bear is a steel inverted roller coaster located in Comet Hollow at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. It was the first inverted coaster built in Pennsylvania.

History

Great Bear was announced in August 1997. The ride opened on May 23, 1998.

Design

Great Bear is painted purple and black and is located near Comet and the location of Skyrush. The coaster features four inversions: a vertical loop, an immelmann, a zero-g roll and a corkscrew. Because the coaster is located on a hill, the lift is only 90 feet yet drops riders 124 feet in a curved drop. The ride features a helix immediately before the drop, swinging riders above the park. After dropping, riders enter a vertical loop, an Immelmann loop, and a zero-g roll. The ride continues over Comet Hollow before entering into the final inversion, a simple corkscrew. Riders are photographed by three on-ride cameras before coming to a complete stop on the brake run and returning to the station.

Trains

2 trains with 8 cars per train. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.

Trivia

  • A possible explanation for Great Bear's name is the distinctive roaring noise the coaster makes during the ride.
  • During "Hersheypark in the Dark", Great Bear is dubbed Great Scare.

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