Hercules

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Hercules
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)
Replaced by Hydra The Revenge
Statistics
Builder Dinn Corporation
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers
Type Wooden - Terrain
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 95 feet
Drop 151 feet
Top speed 65 mph
Length 4000 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 55°
Duration 2:15
G-Force 2.9
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Riders per train 24
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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

On July 15, 1988, Dorney Park announced that it would be installing a new wooden roller coaster.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

The ride was nicknamed “hurt-your-knees” due to its uncomfortable restraints and roughness.[4] 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.[5] 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.

In Greek mythology, Hercules slays the beast Hydra. However, Hydra The Revenge, a Bolliger & Mabillard floorless roller coaster replaced Hercules in 2005.

Design

Elements

The ride has a terrain track layout.

Trains

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. The trains were built by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.

References

External links

  • Hercules on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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


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