SooperDooperLooper

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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
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 75 feet
Drop 70 feet
Top speed 45 mph
Length 2614 feet
Inversions 1
Duration 1:45
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Gerstlauer (2012-present)
Giovanola (1989-2011)
Schwarzkopf (1977-1988)
Riders per train 24
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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 year earlier in 1976.

The ride was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf and built by Schwarzkopf.

History

SooperDooperLooper opened on May 8, 1977.[1] In 1989, the original Schwarzkopf trains were replaced with very similar rolling stock from Giovanola.Citation needed 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.[2]

SooperDooperLooper did not operate at all during 2020. The park stated that this was due to difficulties with completing necessary maintenance due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions. It reopened on April 2, 2021.[3]

Design

Elements

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.[4] 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.

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

Trivia

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

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