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Stinger in 2012.
Dorney Park
Location Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Defunct
Operated April 28, 2012 to 2017
Replaced Laser
California's Great America
Location Santa Clara, California, USA
Operated March 21, 1998 to October 31, 2010
Replaced by RailBlazer
Manufacturer Vekoma
Type Steel - Inverted - Shuttle
Product Invertigo
Riders per train 28
Area 282.2 feet × 98.4 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 1013.8 feet
Inversions 3
Duration 1:30

Stinger was a steel inverted shuttle roller coaster located at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. Prior to arriving at Dorney Park, it operated at California's Great America. It was one of four Invertigo models from Vekoma and the first to be scrapped.

History[edit | edit source]

The roller coaster while at California's Great America

The coaster first operated at California's Great America from March 21, 1998 to October 31, 2010. After its closure, it was refurbished and repainted in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[1] It subsequently reopened at Dorney Park on April 28, 2012 on the spot formerly occupied by Laser.

On December 15, 2017, Dorney Park announced that Stinger would not reopen for the 2018 season.[2] It was taken down during 2018 and subsequently scrapped.[3]

Design[edit | edit source]

Stinger was an inverted shuttle coaster featuring special back-to-back seats. The train car was pulled up a tower in reverse and released through a cobra roll element and a vertical loop. The train then ascended another tower and dropped to run the course in reverse. The ride was painted royal blue and featured a scorpion theme. It was one of only four Invertigos built by Vekoma.

Incidents[edit | edit source]

On August 10, 2009 at California's Great America, the ride stopped on the lift hill, stranding a full train of riders for over three hours. Riders had to be evacuated by fire crews. No injuries were reported.[4]

On June 6, 2012, the train stalled again on the lift hill. Riders were stranded for 90 minutes before being lowered into the station.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

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    Stinger on the Roller Coaster DataBase.