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Lightning Racer
Website: Hersheypark Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.4314
TPC Overall Rank: #61 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 116
Last Review: 7/4/2013 6:48:00 AM
In User Top 10: 129 times.
User Tracker Count: 288 times.

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up no cars go on 5/19/2006 11:29:00 PM
First of all, this is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful coasters ever built. The way that the track just flows is amazing. Also, surprisingly, the line is never really as long as it should be for a ride of this magnitude. Even for the front seat. The first time I went on it some of the lines for the other seats were actually longer than the lines for the front seats. The Lightning Racer has Millenium Flyer trains, so sit in the front if you can, because it offers a much better ride than if you sit somewhere else (in my opinion). It doesnt really matter to me which car I sit in, Ive been on both and theyre both great. The whole ride is great fun and it doesnt give up speed towards the end, its fast from the first drop all the way to the brake run. It has tons of awesome fly-bys and the dueling aspect adds to the fun. The Lightning Racer is an amazing roller coaster. The last time I went on it was on July 4th, 2006.

5 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Park on 5/10/2006 5:42:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
This is one wild woodie!! The hills are just the right size and the turns are sharp but not to sharp. The racing part is nice because I almost always win, Go red side!! Did I give this a 10? No, it gets more like a 500 or even a 5,000!! It is turely the best coaster in the world!! Any coaster fan that goes to Hershay a skips Lighting Racer is very foolish!! You have not rode a real good coaster until you try this one!!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Mr.C on 11/18/2005 3:56:00 PM
I dont see what the big deal is but i found this coaster boring. The first drop was good but the wrest of the ride had no airtime and there was no more major drops. I wasnt that impressed.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up baumbastic on 9/13/2005 8:15:00 PM
This had to be the smoothest WOODEN coaste that Ive ever rode. and the wild decending turns which are well coordinated. Add to that you are racing another train on opposite tracks only adds to the intenseness of this ride.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sharkbait on 9/4/2005 6:38:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
I havent been on many woodies in my life but I honestly cant imagine how one could get any better than this. Its incredibly smooth, especially for a woodie- this could probably top most steel coasters with smoothness! Its fast, comfortable and has a lot of air time. And to top it off, the racing/dueling aspect truly makes it feel like each train is fighting to win, and it makes the whole atmosphere of the ride exciting- from the start of the lift everyones cheering for their side to win. When I went the lines were somewhat long but they loaded the trains quickly. Honestly I cant think of any flaws in this ride..a perfect 10!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up spoon on 8/31/2005 5:03:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
This ride is nothing short of amazing. Im not usually a huge fan of wooden coasters, but this one certainly changed my mind. Its big, smooth, fast, intense, fun, AND has some airtime. The layout is great and I like that the tracks arent side by side the entire ride, giving it a dueling coaster effect. Taking a spin on this at night is even better.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up x307 on 8/31/2005 4:51:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
This ride is absolutely excellent. The best wooden coaster Ive been on, and only a step down from the best coaster Ive ever been on. Its fast, and just does NOT let up. Its smooth, while still feeling out of control and tossing you around. It has airtime, it has laterals, it has intensity, and its FUN! What more could you want from a rollercoaster? The lay-out is great, with lots of interaction and cross-overs. Its almost a dueling coaster, but not quite. This is an absolute blast of a coaster.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up penguin22 on 8/31/2005 10:37:00 AM
WOW!!! That describes this ride. Smooth, thrilling, and a hell of a lot of fun. The Millenium Flyer trains are awesome. And there never seems to be a line. I could ride this all day long, it is that appealing.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterSS on 8/29/2005 7:05:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
The station and the overall layout and beauty of the coaster caught my eye as soon as I seen the coaster. Really smooth riding woodie, nice air time and extremely awesome on some of the close calls with the other trains. It doesnt let up until the end, and believe it or not, you can never tell which train will win! Either way, you will walk away from the station feeling the same way because this coaster is just plain out AWESOME!!!

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 8/26/2005 6:17:00 AM
Humans have always competitive and subsequently love to win. Sports are a great example of this, as fans religiously support their hometown teams. Die-hard fans live and die by home their teams do. Sensing the competitive nature impressed within humans, Hershey decided to bolster their Midway America area with a unique GCI coaster at the start of the millennium. The end result was Lightning Racer, a CGI dueling twister that pits riders in a frenetic race against the other track. Dominating the Midway America area, Lightning Racer looks incredible. The coaster simply is a tangled mess of demonically twisted track intricately woven together. Then, seeing the two trains gracefully race across it and having several near-misses only improves how fantastic the ride looks. Additionally, Lightning Racer’s entrance and station look great, as both really fit in perfectly with the area thanks to their American paint scheme. One of the best aspects about Lightning Racer’s dueling nature is the subsequent effect that it has on lines. Thanks to there being two tracks, Lightning Racer’s line moves twice as fast as a typical wooden coaster. As an added bonus, each track is always running both trains which means that Lightning Racer essentially has four trains, which means that lines are very minimal. In fact, I think the longest that I’ve waited for Lightning Racer has been 10 minutes. It is not uncommon for Lightning Racer to be a walk-on for most seats. If you want the front seat, you may have to wait an extra 5-10 minutes, which honestly isn’t bad at all. Upon reaching the station one can freely select which track they would rather, Thunder or Lightning. Lightning Racer turned out to be my first encounter with GCI’s revered Millennium Flyer trains. Not only do the trains look incredible, as they are a throwback to classic wooden coaster trains, but they also ride incredibly well. The whole ride is incredibly smooth, especially for a wooden coaster. There is no jackhammering or rough spots whatsoever, which is a rarity for most wooden coasters. While I love the highly padded and super comfortable seats of the Millennium Flyers, I personally am not a big fan of the lap bars. Without a doubt, they are very safe and securing, but they are a bit heavy in my opinion and really restrict the ride’s air-time. Upon dispatching, Lightning Racer begins with a speedy lift hill. On the way up, it is commonplace for some lighthearted taunting to occur between the two trains. After cresting the lift, Lightning Racer treats riders to a majestic, swooping drop. While there unfortunately isn’t any air-time, a good deal of speed is built up. Immediately after is a large s-hill. The downwards portion of this hill actually is a double-down, and the result is that the second drop has a nice moment of floater air. After that, Lightning Racer flies around an overbanked turn and speeds into a shed. Not only is there a great bunny hill in there that produces the best moment of air-time on the ride, but also it is here where the on-ride photo is taken. Additionally, this tunnel is a great opportunity to see who is winning the race since the photo creates a cool strobe effect. After leaving the shed, Lightning Racer begins its second half. Two quick turns are followed by a small bunny hill that produces a small pop of air, which ends up being the last moment of air-time on the ride. Then the second half is dominated by several near-misses between the opposing train. While there are several hills as the train dives over and under the other track, none of them provide any air. Instead, the real thrill comes from the numerous head-choppers. Eventually, the train approaches the finish line. Usually, the train that was ahead in the tunnel ends up winning, but despite this I still find the finale suspenseful and exciting. Lights located in the station signal the winner if it happens to be a photo finish. Overall, Lightning Racer is an excellent wooden coaster that is simply a blast to ride. As a stand-alone coaster, Lightning Racer would be just average in my opinion since while it has some moments of air-time and cool twists, the individual tracks aren’t overly forceful or thrilling. But when you factor in the dueling aspect, Lightning Racer becomes a very noteworthy coaster for me in my opinion. Make sure to ride Lightning Racer several times during a visit to Hersheypark since everybody loves to race, and Lightning Racer may just be the most exciting racetrack around for a roller coaster enthusiast. Best Seat: Front (1:1) Favorite Part: Shed

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