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Storm Runner
Website: Hersheypark Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.3704
TPC Overall Rank: #78 out of 2899 rides.
Reviews: 66
Last Review: 8/8/2017 5:45:00 PM
In User Top 10: 66 times.
User Tracker Count: 128 times.
 


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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up NJCroMag on 8/26/2005 2:22:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
At the time I rode this, I thought the launch and top hat for Storm Runner was flat-out amazing. After riding KK, well, its safe to say that neither are quite as impressive. Still, its fast and tall (comparitively speaking for both), and its a lot of fun. Thankfully, the ride does more than just blast you off and send you through a top hat. I dont remember the sequence (or type) of inversions after the top hat, but I remember being seriously disoriented one time after another. The OTSRs were fine, despite some criticisms leveled at the ride in its first couple months. I agree with others who said the powerful voice at the beginning of the ride add to the mood. After riding this, I spent a lot of time walking around the house saying, "Get ready...here we go..." This is easily the best ride in Hershey Park. I only hope Hershey adds more quality coasters in the years to come.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up tubira on 8/25/2005 11:48:00 PM
this ride is so cool. When you get to the top it feels like there is 0 gravity.This ride is like astrounaut training.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Yogurt on 8/23/2005 12:30:00 AM - User's Top Ride #2
I didnt have very high expectations for this ride, so I have to say WOW, it really surprised me. PeterD described the feeling just the way I would- it leaves you simply out of breath. Everything about this ride is fast-paced and exciting, from the incredible launch, to the tophat and the inversions. It doesnt get much better than this.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PeterD on 8/8/2005 11:29:00 AM - User's Top Ride #1
After riding Storm runner, I was simply out of breath. Sheer and utter perfection were the only words I was able to think of at the time. The launch literally blew me away and from then on, everything seemed to be just right. You are warned when the launch will begin, but that is still not enough time to prepare yourself. You just go. By the time you realize where you are after getting launched 72 m.p.h. in just 2 seconds, you are tossed over a top-hat. Even though you have OTSRs, you are still rewarded with some excellent airtime at the top. The top-hat leads you right into an Immelman. From then on, you are faced with the heart line rolls. Words cannot describe those inversions. Since the restraints aren’t right up against your chest and stomach like they are on B&Ms, you really float out of your seat and then get thrown back down to the ground because of the flying snake dive. From almost every corner of Hersheypark Storm Runner could be seen amongst the clouds just waiting for you to enjoy the ride of your life.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up homeboy on 7/29/2005 12:43:00 AM
i went on the storm runner on a monday this month and it was like a 20 minute wait. me and my mom was like this ride looks slow, but when we went down the launch pad she changed her mind. we were in the back seat. i thought we were going to have a rollback because it went so slow up the first hill it then went straight down. the first inversion was just slow and tall, but the second and third inversions had me out of my chair. minus 1 point for such a boring first inversion

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up magnumxl on 7/25/2005 8:16:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
WOW! I just rode this ride yesterday and I remember it PERFECTLY lol..As we got to the ride I am like OMG wow that looks so cool so we were expecting the line to be soo long but it was only about 15 mins so me and my friend rode it and we rode 3rd car 1st row I was on the right.. So then we got to the launching pad and then this scary voice is like " Now get ready,HEAR WE GO!" and we went backwords and blasted off! That launch was AMAZING! Then we went up a hill then strait down which was fun I hit the restraints alot but I felt really secure..Then we did a kinda half loop which was also fun but it didnt feel like most loops then my favourite part (with the launch) the corksrew! Then we did a few turns then it was over.. before I rode it I counted 30 seconds.. but when you ride it, it feels like 2 seconds! Its worth a 5 hour wait! Its definately a must-ride! A perfect 10 for me!

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 7/14/2005 12:32:00 AM
I severely underestimated this ride, and it could not have turned out any better for me. I got to the park just as it opened and headed straight for Storm Runner, drawing upon some helpful advice of a friend. The hill looked unimpressive to me from afar. Coming from the launch capital of the world (PKD) I was sure that the launch wouldnt be all too special. The ride looked far too short to achieve greatness. Boy was I wrong. In about 5 minutes of waiting I was strapped into the front seat of this wild stallion of a coaster. We pulled out of the duel station, latched onto the launch cable, watched as the fins lowered, and then came a resounding voice: "NOW GET READY...HERE WE GO!" And with a flash, I was experiencing the single best launch on any ride I have ever been on. Up the tower we scorched, into the airtime-packed tophat, then coming face to face with the ground below. The Cobra Loop provided some solid forces until rolling out and then once again swooping up into a hang-time-city barrel roll, directly followed by the Flying Snake Dive, now one of my favorite inversions. Two highly banked turns follow and then the train is brought to a smooth halt. Storm Runner in one word: insane. The ride is very short, but the intensity and relentless speed and aggression on this ride blew me away. I had 5 solid rides on this beast with slightly heavy crowds, so I come away fully satisfied with my healthy dose of vertical horsepower!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up D-force! on 6/15/2005 6:37:00 PM
Okay, WOW! This is just over the top in your face awesome, and pretty intense. Definately an optimal addition to Hersheypark. The great thing is, this coaster is only 2 hours away from me. Other launch coasters are far away, like TTD, 9 hrs away, Xcelerator, 3000 miles away, and Kingda Ka, well, 2 hrs and 30 minutes away actually. The launch was AWESOME, but not nearly as good as TTDs. The first inversion, whatever its called, (its weird) is insane, high, and amazing. Then the barrel roll/flying snake dive: thats nearly too good for words. Dont skip this when going to Hershey. You will regret it. It is an incredible ride and one of my favorites, and for me, its local! (kinda {yay})

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Axman on 6/12/2005 3:56:00 PM - User's Top Ride #9
Oh wow... this ride is the quickest rush ive ever exerienced...IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL!!! I rode it 13 imes in one day, and I still want to ride it some more.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 6/2/2005 1:27:00 AM
Incredibly fun coaster. Though I am not the one to endorse launched coasters, this was one of the few special ones. Sure, I gave it a nine, but Im just tough. The launch was packed tight, up there with the best of them. The top hat was typical: even though it was pretty short it still gave you that half a second to look around. From there you dive into the valley and thats where the fun starts, with the inversion-driven layout. Yes, rocket coasters can have layouts. The Immelman was big and definately fun, and after that and the following dive you hit the centerpiece of the ride. First you stream through the zero-G roll and then you just keep rolling, and then you dive. That flying snakedive (or whatever they named it) contraption was something else, and totally unexpected and a thrilling sensation. It really disoriented the riders. Back down you go into the valley and then you hit the overbank. My thoughts on the overbank is that it was taken at wild speed and it really tossed the riders. However, Intamin and Hershey put shoulder harnesses on the ride. I would have loved the trick track emulation, but it killed my neck on those harnesses, which may be the deciding factor between a 9 and a 10. Still a fun ride. You then fly up into the bunny hop and hit the downward-sloping brake run, something that I had seen, for the first time, just two days before so it was neat to me.I enjoyed the ride, I cant complain much. The park was good with its operations, except they didnt know that a line spilling out of the queue was only an hour, not an hour and a half. Maybe they were covering their tails. The rides station was clean and an effective duel loader, which many parks have trouble with.At first I was thinking 8, after my daytime ride in the second car, first row, left seat, but then I rode at night in the same exact seat and the ride became even more disorienting and rambunctious, much like a bucking horse. Thats where the 9 really strengthened its case, and I also liked how they lit up the tower at night. The multi-camera onride photo thing was cool, instead of 10 short flashes we got one big flash.I will settle with a 9 and it will slip into my top 10, but it is low on the pecking order and most likely wont stay for long. I enjoyed it best out of the rockets that Ive been on, and wouldnt mind riding it over and over.

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