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Hersheypark to remove Roller Soaker at end of 2012 season (updated)

Roller Soaker

Hersheypark has listed its Roller Soaker attraction for sale, all but confirming that it will remove the unique coaster at the end of the 2012 season.

Screamscape reports that Roller Soaker is now listed on ride exchange service Rides4U, with a price tag of $799,000. This will raise hopes that the unusual roller coaster will find a new home when it is dismantled and removed from Hersheypark.

Opened in 2002, Roller Soaker is a suspended roller coaster with a difference. The ride features a gentle pace, with guests dangling beneath its track as they travel over the Boardwalk area of Hersheypark. The big twist, though, is that each 4-seater car is equipped with water cannons that can be used blast up to 16 gallons at guests in the coaster's queue or floating around the nearby Intercoastal Waterway lazy river. Those on the ground can get in on the action, too, aiming back using handily-placed water cannons.

The removal of Roller Soaker would enable future expansion of Hersheypark's Boardwalk water park, which incorporates a number of slides alongside two other theme park attractions. It will reduce the total number of coasters at the park to 11.

Hersheypark expanded its coaster line-up in 2012 with the addition of Skyrush, which towers some 200 feet over the Pennsylvania park. The ride was the first new coaster to open at Hersheypark since Fahrenheit in 2008, having been under construction since mid-2011.

Update: Hersheypark has denied that it plans to remove Roller Soaker at the end of the season. The ride is still currently listed for sale on Rides4U, although the park reports that the original sale listing was made in error by a third party.


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