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August 2, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
Hersheypark will add a first-of-its-kind $25-million steel roller coaster in May that will be the tallest, fastest and longest at the Pennsylvania theme park. > Photos: Skyrush coaster at Hersheypark After a yearlong viral marketing campaign that teased fans with hints and clues about " Attraction 2012 ," Hersheypark unveiled plans Tuesday for an Intamin Wing Mega coaster , with winged seats, called Skyrush. Under construction in the Comet Hollow section of Hersheypark , the 200-foot-tall Skyrush coaster will feature a near-vertical 85-degree first drop followed by four high-speed banking turns and five airtime hills at speeds reaching 75 mph. The 3,600-foot-long Skyrush track will travel along a creek and cross over the 1947 Comet out-and-back wooden coaster.
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August 2, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
Hersheypark will add a first-of-its-kind $25-million steel roller coaster in May that will be the tallest, fastest and longest at the Pennsylvania theme park. > Photos: Skyrush coaster at Hersheypark After a yearlong viral marketing campaign that teased fans with hints and clues about " Attraction 2012 ," Hersheypark unveiled plans Tuesday for an Intamin Wing Mega coaster , with winged seats, called Skyrush. Under construction in the Comet Hollow section of Hersheypark , the 200-foot-tall Skyrush coaster will feature a near-vertical 85-degree first drop followed by four high-speed banking turns and five airtime hills at speeds reaching 75 mph. The 3,600-foot-long Skyrush track will travel along a creek and cross over the 1947 Comet out-and-back wooden coaster.
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July 19, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa.--  A mysterious series of hidden messages, encrypted codes and tantalizing symbols has theme park enthusiasts wondering what Hersheypark has planned for 2012. Here's what we know: Construction has already begun on a 212-foot-tall attraction in the Comet Hollow area of Hersheypark, with an official announcement planned for Aug. 2. Beyond that, the amusement park has released no official information on Attraction 2012 while simultaneously sprinkling clues in an elaborate viral-marketing campaign designed to generate buzz for the new ride.
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March 28, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2012, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are being teased in elaborate marketing campaigns. Photos : Most anticipated new U.S. theme park rides for 2012 It already seems like 2012 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans as the major industry players are planning to roll out big projects that have been on the drawing boards for a while.
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June 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
"Insane Coaster Wars" would be the ultimate road trip for any ride enthusiast who had about $100,000 to drop on a single vacation and the fortitude to travel around the world. Photos: 28 thrill rides competing in 'Insane Coaster Wars' Premiering at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the Travel Channel, the internationally themed second season of "Coaster Wars" will take viewers on a virtual ride aboard 28 roller coasters in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and the United States.
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May 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
SANDUSKY, Ohio - As an amusement parks blogger, I have visited most of the big theme parks in Southern California and central Florida, but my roller-coaster résumé was a little thin when it came to the parks in between. So last summer my wife, Nancy, our 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, and I climbed aboard more than 70 coasters in 10 days at theme parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We each had established a few rules for our journey across America's Coaster Belt. Hannah was willing to ride coasters reaching 65 mph, topping out at 200 feet and going upside down three times.
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