Looks like we made it into the York Dispatch:
Since a sixth-grade class trip to Hersheypark, where he rode the Comet roller coaster 10 times in a row, Spring Grove resident Matthew Meckley has become a roller coaster connoisseur.
Some don't go fast enough and some aren't tall enough, he said. But the 28-year-old Keystone Thrills roller coaster club member is impatiently waiting for Hersheypark's newest - which features floorless seats - to open in 2012.
Hersheypark officials shared Skyrush with park guests Tuesday afternoon. The roller coaster will be the 12th in the park, as well as the fastest, longest and tallest.
Meckley and other Keystone Thrills members discovered the park would unveil a new roller coaster about a month ago after checking the park's new
Matt Meckley of Spring Grove watches a video of 'Skyrush' the new HersheyPark roller coaster. (Bil Bowden)trademark license requests. They attended the park Tuesday, eager to hear more details.
The $25 million roller coaster will leave the station at 26 feet per second and crest at 200 feet. The train will plunge down an 85-degree descent traveling around curves and dips at 75 mph. The 3,600-foot track will be a 63-second ride.
"I'm excited about the height of this thing," he said. "It's amazing. I like the thrill of (roller coasters)."
Trains will seat four riders per row, with the two outer seats being winged and floorless to give riders a 270-degree panoramic view of the park. The trains, which will also have magnetic braking to stop at a speed proportionate to the weight of the train, are the first of their kind in the country, said Kent Bachmann, director of design and engineering at Hersheypark.
"What we were missing is a megacoaster," he said. "Each time they go, they'll remember something different (about the ride)."
The roller coaster will allow the entire family - from grandparents to grandchildren - to enjoy the rush. Keeping the ride family-friendly was important to designers, Bachmann said.
Construction is under way on the site formerly known as Sunken Gardens. Bachmann anticipates test rides will begin in April and the ride will open for the public in May 2012.
Fahrenheit, a vertical-lift inverted loop roller coaster, is the most recent addition at the park. It debuted in 2008.
Aidan Moore, 11, of Newberry Township, called Fahrenheit his favorite, but is looking forward to Skyrush's debut.
"I think it looks really high and exciting," he said. "I'm kind of nervous about how fast it is and then how steep it is."