Hersheypark Summer 2018 – Breakers Edge & Whitecap Racer
Hersheypark has been “teasing” us about something new coming in the summer of 2018 for a few weeks now, and I’m happy that the wait to find out is now over! Hersheypark made the announcement about the new attractions this morning, and Don was on hand to find out the details. This was a BIG deal to this family of Hersheypark fans!
One of the first clues was that the new attraction was going to be added to The Boardwalk (Hersheypark’s water park). The area for today’s announcement was themed very well for the beach-y addition to come!
Of course, this setup seemed like a sort of giveaway; however, there were still surprises to be had when announcement time came because The Boardwalk is actually getting TWO new attractions and not just one!
Up first, Breakers Edge Water Coaster was announced as Hersheypark’s 14th coaster!
Breakers Edge Water Coaster will be the world’s first HydroMAGNETIC water coaster with flying saucer turns to smoothly rocket riders through splash-filled hills and sweet thrills that are perfect for the whole family. The four-person inline raft gives families a bobsled ride feeling as gravity drops and smooth Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) power guests up and down hills and turns. This water coaster has an estimated hourly ride capacity of 600 guests and a ride time of about one minute.
Wow! Doesn’t that sound like a COOL coaster! I know I can’t wait to try out this water coaster! I’ve ridden a water coaster before, but it used water as the propulsion. I can’t wait to see how using the hydromagnetics work might differ from what I have ridden in the past.
Next up was the Whitecap Racer. This one really piques my curiosity! I’ve never ridden anything like this before and am looking forward to trying this one, too!
Whitecap Racer will be the world’s longest mat racer and will take guests 70 feet high as they race to the finish in six side-by-side tunnels to the bottom. Each rider speeds through two tight 360-degree loops, while open racing lanes with low separator lanes allow racers to see and hear each other as they challenge each other using a slider timing system.
Don’t those sound like great additions to Hersheypark for next year? I know we can’t wait to check this out next summer! What about you? Not quite sure? Make sure to take a look at the animatic video below!