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SooperDooperLooper

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roller coaster
SooperDooperLooper
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Hersheypark
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since May 8, 1977
Statistics
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Terrain
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Drop75 feet
Length2,614 feet
Inversions1
Duration1:45
HELP
SooperDooperLooper entrance 2008.jpg SooperDooperLooper entrance 2012.jpg
The entrance to SooperDooperLooper before and after its update.

SooperDooperLooper is a steel roller coaster located at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. It was built by Schwarzkopf and opened as the second modern roller coaster to feature a vertical loop. Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain opened a few months earlier in 1976.

The ride was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf and built by Intamin.Citation needed

History[edit | edit source]

SooperDooperLooper opened on May 8, 1977. In 1989, the original Schwarzkopf trains were replaced with very similar rolling stock from Giovanola. For the 2012 season these were in turn replaced with new trains from Gerstlauer. A Giovanola train was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum. New magnetic trim brakes were also installed in the helix. This refurbishment coincided with a new logo and brand for SooperDooperLooper and the installation of an elevator to improve accessibility.[1]

Design[edit | edit source]

SooperDooperLooper is a terrain roller coaster. The first drop leads directly into the vertical loop, which the train later passes through the center of. This is followed by a tunnel and the ride finishes with a helix. Like other early Schwarzkopf roller coasters, the vertical loop uses a triangular lattice of steel tubes[2]. Only a handful of Schwarzkopf roller coasters have this, as the company quickly switched to the more common box-shaped support.

Great Bear, which opened in 1998, passes over and underneath SooperDooperLooper several times.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During "Hersheypark in the Dark" SooperDooperLooper is dubbed the SooperBOOperLooper.

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