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Lightning Racer (Thunder train) Front Seat on-ride POV Hersheypark

Lightning Racer (Thunder train) Front Seat on-ride POV Hersheypark

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Park Hersheypark
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Operated
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Opened
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Cost
Height restriction
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Type Wooden- Racing- Dueling
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Lightning Racer is a Great Coasters International racing/dueling wooden roller coaster located in the Midway America section of Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was the first wooden racing and dueling roller coaster at the time of its introduction.

General Information

Lightning Racer is located at the back edge of Hersheypark. The coaster is a racing coaster, and features a red train labeled "Lightning" and a green train labeled "Thunder". Both trains travel through the same elements, but at different times. The factors that affect the speed of the train include the weight of the passengers and the weather conditions present. Many of the coaster's drops are curved, a feature common to GCI coasters. The coaster features an on-ride camera in a tunnel midway through the ride. Both trains come to a complete stop on the brake run under a finish line, with a voice announcing the winning train.

Rankings

Golden Ticket Awards: Top Wooden Roller Coasters

Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Ranking 13 11 7 10 9 10 10 9 12 10 11

Trivia

  • Lightning typically won most races, up until 2010.
  • In 2010 and 2011, many guests observed that the Thunder train won a majority of races.
  • During "Hersheypark in the Dark" is dubbed Wicked Racer, and its trains Thunder and Lightning are named Mischief and Mayhem, respecitvely.

Photo Gallery

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