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|Designer / calculations||Curtis D. Summers|
|Type||Wooden - Terrain|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||65 mph|
|Manufacturer||Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters|
|Riders per train||24|
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.
On July 15, 1988, Dorney Park announced that it would be installing a new wooden roller coaster.
When the ride opened, it was advertised as being the "World's Tallest Wooden Roller Coaster". This was not true, but it did have the tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster. Following the opening of Mean Streak at Cedar Point in May 1991, Dorney Park disputed Cedar Point's claim that Mean Streak had the tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster. The park claimed that Hercules had a 157 foot tall drop, 2 feet taller than Mean Streak's. Designer Curtis D. Summers subsequently said Hercules' drop was actually 151 feet tall and thus Mean Streak would indeed have the tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster when it opened in 1991.
The ride was nicknamed “hurt-your-knees” due to its uncomfortable restraints and roughness. The ride closed September 1, 2003 after years of dwindling popularity, and guests surveys showed the coaster to be the lowest rated in the park. Hercules also stretched to the park's boundaries, which sometimes annoyed the nearby neighbors. Deconstruction began in November of 2003, and by 2004, the coaster was all gone. However, five concrete footers can be seen in the lake as of right now, where its scenic banked turn once sat.
The ride has a terrain track layout.
- "Dorney Park's new coaster 'major-league thrill machine'", Pottsville Republican.
- A Blast From The Past - Dorney's Hercules - NewsPlusNotes
- "Travel", The Morning Call.
- "10 Infamous Removed Roller Coasters". Theme Park Crazy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_wJwBsXAq8.
- Dorney To Replace Hercules - Coaster Globe (Wayback Archive)
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Tallest wooden roller coaster drop|
May 1989 - May 1991
|Tallest wooden roller coaster drop
May 1989 - May 1991
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