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Great Bear
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The Great Bear Hershey Park, PA


Statistics

Park

Hersheypark

Location

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Opened

May 13, 1998

Manufacturer

Bolliger & Mabillard

Type

Steel Inverted

Lift/Launch System

Chain lift

Riders per hour

1300

Height

90 feet (27.4 meters)

Drop

124 feet (37.8 meters)

Top speed

61 mph (98.2 km/h)

Length

2800 feet (853.4 meters)

Duration

2:55

Inversions

4

Great Bear is a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster located in The Hollow at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was the first inverted coaster built in Pennsylvania.

General InformationEdit

Great Bear is painted purple and black and is located near Comet and Skyrush. The coaster features four inversions: a vertical loop, an Immelmann Loop, a zero-g roll, and a corkscrew. Because the coaster is located on a hill, the lift is only 90 feet yet drops riders 124 feet in a curved drop. The ride features a helix immeadiatley before the drop, swinging riders above the park. After dropping, riders enter a vertical loop, an Immelmann loop, and a zero-g roll. The ride continues over Comet Hollow before entering into the final inversion, a simple corkscrew. Riders are photographed by three on-ride cameras before coming to a complete stop on the brake run and returning to the station.

TriviaEdit

  • Great Bear's name comes from the constellation Ursa Major, also known as the "Great Bear" because it has seven thrill elements, just as Ursa Major has seven stars.
  • During "Hersheypark in the Dark" Great Bear is dubbed Great Scare.
  • For 2016 Season, Great Bears Shoulder Restraints Were Repainted Yellow

Photo GalleryEdit

Hersheypark Roller Coasters
Operating CometFahrenheitGreat BearLightning RacerSidewinderSkyRushSooperDooperLooperStorm RunnerTrailblazerWildcatWild Mouse
Former Roller SoakerMini-CometTobogganWild Cat

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