Hersheypark has confirmed that the Roller Soaker attraction is currently being removed from the park, in order to make way for an expansion of the Boardwalk area.
The removal of Roller Soaker had been widely expected, although Hersheypark denied that the ride would close when it was listed on ride exchange service Rides4U earlier this year. It has now confirmed that the unique coaster is being dismantled via a post on its official Facebook page, with a large water play area set to replace it.
Opened in 2002, Roller Soaker was a suspended roller coaster with a difference. The ride featured a gentle pace, with guests dangling beneath its track as they travelled over the Boardwalk area of Hersheypark. The big twist, though, was that each 4-seater car was equipped with water cannons that could be used to 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 could get in on the action, too, aiming back using handily-placed water cannons.
The removal of Roller Soaker will enable an expansion of Hersheypark's Boardwalk water park, which incorporates a number of slides alongside two other theme park attractions. In a follow-up post on Facebook, the park promised that a 5,000-square-foot water play area will open in 2013, along with a "spray ground".
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.
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