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The latest trend in roller coaster design is 90 degree vertical drops, and the new Fahrenheit coaster in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania, is no exception with a staggering 97 degree fall. That’s right, a drop greater than vertical. Bring another pair of pants.

20 Littlegrey Comments:

June 22nd, 2008 at 11:00 am twixtastesgood! says:

theres also those rollercoasters where the seat is a sorta like a big baby-swing seat, attached under the coaster rail, arent those the most upside down?

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June 20th, 2008 at 8:53 pm s0ulreaper3 says:

Sounds like they ran out of ideas to make it more exciting and this is the best they could do.

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June 20th, 2008 at 8:00 pm The Misfits says:

That rollercoaster looks awesome but someone wouldnt be so amzingly thrilled as they said.

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June 19th, 2008 at 7:31 pm Coasterkef says:

Actually, this information is wrong,
I work at Vekoma myself, ( Rides Engineering ).
The latest coasters do have a 97* drop. Like Typhoon, Rage, Speed etc. made by gerstlauer,

This ride is made by Intamin. with a 96* drop. maverick = 100*.

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June 19th, 2008 at 2:48 pm hi788 says:


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June 18th, 2008 at 9:27 pm Locke says:

I'll pass on the vommiting, thanks anyway.

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June 17th, 2008 at 5:07 pm Houly says:

I rode this shortly after it opened. It's fun, but there's nothing special about it. The "97° angle" that gets all this hype feels just like any other drop... nice epic fail... oh well.

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June 16th, 2008 at 11:56 pm audioxience says:

I lol'd at the part where she says "sorta like a dog, wagging it's tail" very professional lingo she's got there.

Also the reason they claim it is more than 90 degrees is because your upside down as you fall, therefore its more extreme than say, an 83 degree fall, which is technically at the same angle. Physics will never match common sense cynn.

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June 16th, 2008 at 10:33 pm Kiwi says:

ah, i saw this ride when it was being tested becuase i went to Hershey Park the WEEKEND BEFORE THE RIDE OPENED. arrgh. anyway, it looked pretty fast to me, and the dummies looked incredibly scared. :P

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June 16th, 2008 at 5:48 pm duckwariorrandom says:

The one in Cedar Point that would have been too intense would have been the Maverick. It has a 95 degree drop, but this stupid coaster has to get an extra two degrees :(

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June 16th, 2008 at 2:06 pm Glitch says:

This ride looks cool I bet its like Superman at 6 flags darian lake

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June 16th, 2008 at 1:38 pm nika says:

I think jumping 100+ m bungee on N.Zealand was more thrilling than any roller coaster.
You can't beat the free fall.

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June 16th, 2008 at 1:18 pm 22{{♥}}22 says:

that ride looks wicked!!

June 16th, 2008 at 1:15 pm cynnicysm says:

i rode in a WWII bi plane once, it was much more thrilling than a roller coaster.

also, so is...oh..i dunno...walking throught he streets of DC at night.

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June 16th, 2008 at 12:56 pm MrMiyagi says:

"...few things on this planet provide a bigger thrill than the roller-coaster."

Yar. And here I thought that, by not eating the red ones last in my box of Smarties, I was living on the edge.

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June 16th, 2008 at 12:28 pm strawberry says:

I think I wet my pants just watching the video. :(

June 16th, 2008 at 12:00 pm cynnicysm says:

i'm just saying 4 g's nude would probably best.

my guess is, there's a lot of the "fear factor" in not being able to see the track.

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June 16th, 2008 at 11:45 am nika says:

My boobs are fine, thank you.

And I agree: if it's over 90° it can't be more than vertical- I have no idea how they perceive it in a firstplace.
If you use a ground as one angle arm then 97° is an obtuse angle and like cynn said- it slows you down.

Now, if they for some completely idiotic reason used an imaginary horizontal angle arm in the sky, than the tracks would make a reflex angle and then the increased speed would make more sense.
You just have to imagine a reflex angle and then riding on the inner side of the arm that makes an angle.

June 16th, 2008 at 11:12 am cynnicysm says:

flappy boobs? no thanks.

also, i'm pretty sur eanything past 90 degrees is LESS than vertical. annnnd therefore slows you down. because of component vector forces.

damnit. physics wins again.

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June 16th, 2008 at 9:51 am nika says:

Forget another pair of pants, I'll just ride that thing naked and save me the trouble.
Or maybe not, I just got some visuals of a possible outcome.

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