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SooperDooperLooper
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Sooperdooperlooper's train cresting over a hill
Location Hersheypark
Type Steel
Status Open
Opened July 4, 1977
Manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf
Designer Werner Stengel
Height 75 ft (23 m)
Drop 70 ft (21 m)
Length 2,614 ft (797 m)
Max speed 45 mph (72 km/h)
Inversions 1
Duration 1:30
Capacity 1175 riders per hour
Cost $3 million
SooperDooperLooper at RCDB
Pictures of SooperDooperLooper at RCDB

The SooperDooperLooper is a ride at Hersheypark, and the first looping coaster on the East Coast. It was designed as a terrain coaster by Werner Stengel and built by Schwarzkopf. Even though it opened in 1977, the ride is one of the most popular and most-ridden coasters in the park, due to its low height requirement.

Elements

  • Vertical Loop
  • 165-foot tunnel
  • Double-up

Rider Experience

SooperDooperLooper's inversion

The train first goes up a hill, makes a small left turn, and then descends and enters a loop. It then makes a sweeping left turn that travels through the middle of the loop and enters a tunnel. The ride concludes with a series of bunny hills and helixes. The trains on the SooperDooperLooper use a single lap bar to hold riders in the seat. This design works because the forces from the loop (and helix) press riders in their seats, and are a common feature with Schwarzkopf looping coasters. The tunnel that occurs part-way through the ride used to house a mechanical spider prop that would drop down towards the train. The ride opened with three trains. It now currently runs with two[1]

References

  1. ^ Hershey Community Archives


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