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Great Bear

Great Bear

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roller coaster
Great Bear
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since May 23, 1998
Cost $13,000,000 USD
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Inverted
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1,300
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height90 feet
Drop124 feet
Top speed58 mph
Length2800 feet

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.

General Information[edit | edit source]

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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]