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I loved this ride right untill the end of it. The straight drop and lift hillwere great. This was the tallest coaster in Hershey until the new "Skyrush" coaster came out in May. This isnt the tallest but you still get great speeds and I like how theres more to the coaster then just the drop at the begining.
Back in the fall of 2007, Hersheypark ran a famous viral marketing campaign for their new attraction for the upcoming season. After leading coaster enthusiasts on a wild goose chase, Fahrenheit was eventually announced in September of that year. Not surprisingly, Hersheypark did the same thing this year with SkyRush. Hopefully SkyRush proves to be as great as Fahrenehit, since Fahrenheit is easily one of the best steel coasters I’ve been on anywhere.
Located in Pioneer Frontier in place of the park’s old Western Chute Out water slides, Fahrenheit looks great. Boasting a fresh orange and blue paint scheme, Fahrenheit really stands out and beckons oncoming riders. As one approaches Fahrenheit, one cannot help but admire the imposing vertical lift and beyond vertical drop along with the convoluted Norwegian loop in the distance. Additionally, Fahrenheit has a really nice looking station that compliments the ride’s appearance very nicely if you ask me.
Fahrenheit is without a doubt one of Hersheypark’s “hottest” attractions. As a result, it usually has one of the longest, if not the longest, waits in the park. Fortunately, during my two day visit this past summer, lines were only about 20-30 minutes long, but I overheard people commenting in line how fortunate everyone was since the wait is usually about an hour. While most of the wait can be attributed to the ride’s popularity, one of the other culprits is the ride’s 12 passenger vehicles, which are very small for such a major coaster. Even though Fahrenheit runs 3 trains, stacking unfortunately occurs pretty regularly.
Once dispatched, Fahrenheit begins with the suspense-building, 121 foot vertical lift. My second vertical lift (my first was Canobie’s Untamed), I knew what to expect, but it still is a very cool feeling going straight up towards the sky. Upon cresting the lift, riders are treated to the best part of the ride in my opinion, the incredible beyond vertical plunge. With a 97 degree angle of descent, this drop packs a major punch and is one of my favorite drops on any coaster. Not only is the beyond vertical aspect a neat thrill, but back seat riders experience incredible ejector air the entire way down. This drop sets the tone for the rest of Fahrenheit’s thrilling layout.
Then Fahrenheit treats riders to its unique Norwegian loop, which felt strikingly similar to the B&M pretzel loop in my opinion. Front-seat riders get a nice pop of floater air at the start of this element, and following that is a disorienting in-line twist followed by a dive towards the ground that produces a good amount of Gs. Without hesitating, the train then heads back up like one would for a vertical loop before navigating another nice and forceful inline-twist. Afterwards, comes a good drop that produces a nice burst of air-time for backseat riders. Ultimately, the Norwegian Loop is an incredibly tough inversion to describe, so I highly recommend you see a picture or video of it. However, I can easily describe just how forceful and great that it is.
Following the Norwegian loop is the ride’s cobra roll. Typically I am not a fan of cobra rolls, but Fahrenheit’s cobra roll is amazing. Unlike several of the B&M cobra rolls that I have experienced, this one is quite forceful and really packs on the Gs. In fact, I momentarily began blacking out, which just shows how forceful it is. After this element comes a brief section of track where the ride’s only rough part occurs. While Fahrenheit as a whole is glass-smooth, this relatively straight portion of track vibrated very noticeably. It is by no means uncomfortable, but in future seasons I could see this section of track becoming uncomfortable if the park doesn’t treat the ride carefully.
Then Fahrenheit speeds through back-to-back corkscrews. Both corkscrews are very forceful and disorienting thanks to the fairly high speed that they are taken at. While the two corkscrews finish off Fahrenheit’s six inversions, the ride is by no means done. After a fast, banked curve, Fahrenheit flies over a small bunny hill that completely ejects riders in all seats. Without a doubt, this is one of the most powerful moments of airtime that I have ever experienced since the ejector air is sustained for a good 2 or so seconds. Then, Fahrenheit speeds through a powerful low-to-the-ground turn before charging into the brake run.
Fahrenheit is without a doubt one of the best coasters I’ve been on anywhere thanks to its incredibly unique arsenal of elements and impeccable pacing. Often times, Fahrenheit and Storm Runner are compared, and I just barely preferred Storm Runner, though both are really close in my personal roller coaster ranks. Thrill-seekers simply cannot afford to miss Fahrenheit in a visit to Hersheypark since it boasts a rare combination of coaster elements all executed to perfection.
Best Seat: Back (3:2)
Favorite Part: First Drop
I didn't really know what to expect of this ride, but I loved it. It instantly made my top 10. The vertical lift and drop were amazing. This ride is not especially high, but it has some great speed. The inversions were all very unique and cool. I especially liked the tight corkscrews at the end and the final airtime hill. There also wasn't much of a line for this ride, which I'm sure added to my overall experience. I view rides like Fahrenheit as the new standard for looping coasters. This also proves that you don't need record breaking heights or speed to have a great ride experience. Overall, a great ride.
awsome first new roller I liked This makes Hershey comparable to cedar point.
After reading other reviews of this ride (on this site and others), I made sure not to make my expectations too high. Basically what others have said about the ride is correct. The vertical lift and beyond vertical first drop are absolutely insane and very intense. The total free-falling weightlessness feeling is just amazing. The remainder of the ride, however, is very standard looping fair. Not only that, but most of the elements are taken are low speeds, which brings the intensity level way down. The finale of the ride with the corkscrews and sharp turns was nice, however. I think Hershey really could have had a winner with this ride, but it seems the elements following the drop were built to high, making for a ride much less intense than Storm Runner. However, the first part of the ride is stunning, hence the high rating.
I kind of left this ride with a "meh" feeling. The station is beautiful for starters, nice and open and all activity inside is visible from the midway. The vertical lift was exciting but not very comfortable; I was just staring at the sun waiting for it to end. The first drop was great, and built up a lot more speed than I was expecting at the bottom. I didn't think the Norwegian Loop was thrilling- it seemed to be taken at too slow a pace to be disorienting, and the cobra roll afterward was lame as others have indicated. The rest of the coaster was tighter and better, especially the bump which provided insane air especially in the back, and the final turnaround was strong. I stepped off the coaster satisfied, but without that "wow" factor. I found my experience to be pretty smooth but the problem seemed to be a slight lack of maintenance as it was kind of "rocky" in spots, which was something I didn't expect from Hershey. Storm Runner is far superior, but this is a good addition to the park.
I really don'.t see why this ride isn'.t getting more hype, it'.s freakin'. awesome! The 97 degree drop was great, the Norwegian loop was a really sweet element, and the airtime hill at the end of the ride was absolutely insane. It certainly isn'.t as good as Storm Runner, but then again few coasters are going to be. As far as I'.m concerned, this was an excellent addition for Hersheypark that certainly deserves more buzz for being one of the coolest rides to hit the US in recent years.
this is my favorite coaster at Hersheypark. I love the lift and the drop is insane. The Norwegian loop was unique and thrilling. The only complaint I had with the ride is that it rattled throughout.
I am not sure what to make of this ride. I guess it'.s supposed to be a modern interpretation of the classic multi-looper. Only I can think of several older looping style coasters that I would rather ride than this, including one that was built some 30 years ago.
Much of my expectations for this ride were based upon my experience with Maverick, which was my favorite steel coaster up until very recently. And there are similarities: Height, trains, use of inversions, etc. But, Maverick this ride is not. Part of what makes Maverick work so well is that you hit the first drop with quite a bit of speed. Not so with Fahrenheit, and the speed never really seems to pick up. None of the elements are taken with that much speed. Sure the Norwegian loop is fun, but it did not blow me away. And, I think that can be said for the entire ride.
Date Ridden: Summer of 2008. Times Ridden: 2 (Very back car and 2nd to back...we had no choice in where we sat as the ride ops placed each pair of riders in a stall). There seems to be a war of sorts and it will be decided this September. I will take a moment to expain. Back in 2006 when I first began riding coasters on an obsessive basis, the Gravity Group designed and built the Voyage, a landmark coaster that has ascended to the throne as the Top Wooden Coaster in the World according to many enthusiasts. In 2007, Intamin, king of the steel (and some would say wood as well....El Toro anyone?), coasters built Maverick, a technological marvel which continues to climb the lists of great steel coasters and tops many lists of well-respected critics. Alas, Maverick won the Best New Coaster Award when the Golden Tickets were announced much like the Voyage did the year before. Now in 2008, the contest has begun. The Gravity Group completed the great Ravine Flyer II while Intamin has answered with their newest creation, Farenheit. Farenheit contains a number of unique elements including the 90 degree vertical ascent, the steeper than vertical drop, and a number of unique inversions amidst its twisted lay-out. Let it be known, I respect coaster designers who try something unique. Intamin has really stepped out of the box with some of its latest creations and for that reason they rank at the top of my favorite coaster designers. Many enthusiasts prefer B and M, but each ride they have built seems to be a virtual clone (not in design but in similar elements) as the one previously built. The hyper coasters offer similar layouts with virtually identical forces and I expect the new hyper at King'.s Island to be the same despite the ".water element".. Intamin is constantly pushing the limits and trying different ideas. Does it work for them? Yes it does but unfortunately they do not win the Best New Ride Golden Ticket this year. Farenhiet ranks 2nd above Behemoth and Led Zeppelin (I have not ridden the new Evel Knievel wooden coaster) but well behind Ravine Flyer II. Farenheit is a superb ride with great elements and a unique lift hill but it falls slightly short this year. There is nothing wrong with 2nd place, Intamin coaster builders. Keep thinking outside the box and giving us great rides!! Farenheit definitely is!!
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