Saturday, June 2, 2018

Hersheypark Opens Two New Water Rides in The Boardwalk for Summer Season

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Hersheypark recently opened their large expansion to The Boardwalk, the property's included-with-admission water park, which consists of two brand new mega-attractions.

This top photo shows both of them in one shot, and also shows how Hersheypark creatively shoehorned both rides into a small space at the back of The Boardwalk.  Even at that, only one slide, the mat racer, used undeveloped space, and the other, a water roller coaster, goes up and over several other attractions.

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The mat racing water slide, with six lanes across, is known as Whitecap Racer.  The slide starts at an impressive 70 feet above the ground and is billed by the park as the longest mat racing waterslide in the world.  The attraction comes with an elaborate timing system to determine who won the race down the slide, and even posts the results on a score board.

Each path heads through two separate horizontal loops along with two large sloped sections - I think making the slide fit into the available space required the extra length, but I'm sure that visitors to the park do not mind!

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The second attraction is known as Breakers Edge Water Coaster, designed by Whitewater West.  Like other water roller coasters, the slide uses hydromagnetic power to allow the four-person rafts to blast not only down, but also up, hills and through soaring curves.  The slide is also the first water coaster to include "flying saucer turns," as described by the park.

Breakers Edge Water Coaster has re-purposed the station from the Roller Soaker, a suspended roller coaster that operated at the park from 2002 through 2012.

PennLive was on site for the park's opening of the ride, and shared video of both of the attractions from an on-ride perspective.  Check it out below!