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 Review of Storm Runner @ Hersheypark
4 Rating Posted by: 3r1c on 5/14/2004 5:04:00 PM
The train is dispatched out of the station onto the launch. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, there was a soft hiss and over the loudspeaker you heard, "Now, great ready!" and within a second (well actually, two), youre traveling at 72 mph and heading straight for the tophat.

Ive only ridden 3 coastes with launches (Volanco: The Blast Coaster, Batman and Robin: The Chiller, and Flight of Fear) but this launch out-does any of them. The forces on your body are incredible. The train is silent, until you reach the top of the top hat.

You creep over, and the screams of "Oh my God" come out. In the back, you dont recieve too much air. However, you get a brief look at Comet Hollow and before you know it, youre heading straight down. Incredible air in the back, and the OSTRs dont take away from it (unless youve been severely stapled in). Amazing! But its not done yet - the next inversion is incredibly disorientating when you begin to come out of it and see Pioneer Frontier. Theres a moment of hangtime and a fair amount of positive gs at the bottom. Within a flash, youre shot upward into the spiral. But, before that, theres a large doss of air. Then, it encounters the spiral which is also incredibly disorientating and has a huge amount of hangtime.

The flying snake dive is next, and its unexpected. It happens so fast, its hard to put it into words. Soon, youre twisting to the right sharply before going straight and recieving another doss of air before the brakes.

Storm Runner is in a class of its own. Its intense, but not too intense, and has some serious moments of airtime and hangtime. I went on it two more times that day, each wait being about an hour (it was consistintly like that throughout the day) and you recieve even more airtime, except on the vertical drop. This is a must-ride coaster, youre given so much in such a short time. Definately not a dissapointment! It ran very, very smoothly with no breakdowns. Another winner for Hershey.

Review Comments

sfo1 on 5/19/2004 8:37:10 PM said:
Wow, one of the most descriptive reviews Ive seen on the site. Sounds like a great ride!
coaster05 on 5/19/2004 9:15:58 PM said:
50 days from now ill be on this ride man i can hardly wait
tacoking on 5/19/2004 9:41:50 PM said:
I hear it has some great ejector air. I want to ride it!
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