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Great Bear
Website: Hersheypark Homepage
Ride Type: Inverted Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.0000
TPC Overall Rank: #162 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 103
Last Review: 7/2/2012 9:59:00 PM
In User Top 10: 77 times.
User Tracker Count: 270 times.

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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up chrisco on 7/18/2001 8:56:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
I give it a ten because it is just a fun ride.. the helix at the top makes it so different.. the drop is great and the way you go through the park is amazing.. I felt like i was going to hit something... great ride and not rough

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up NitroForce on 7/18/2001 1:22:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
This is one of the best coasters I have ever been on! The helix before the first drop is awesome. I dont know how Hersheypark was able to squeeze that one in. The only problem I have with this ride is that it is too short. However, I do not have any other problems with it. A lot of people say the ending is weak. I think it is very neat to just ride over the people. The speed could have been faster, but it was fine the way it was. Grade:9/10

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up psu1240 on 7/17/2001 1:37:00 PM
Great Bear was my first inverted and was one great ride. Nice helix at the top and great inversions. A absolute must ride at Hershey Park.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 7/6/2001 8:42:00 AM
I dont know how B&M did it. There is no room what so ever for an inverted coaster where the Great Bear is located, but yet somehow they managed to fit it in. They actually created an &quot.out and back&quot. invert that twists and turns and entwines itself through other rides. For sheer &quot.It cant be done, but we will do it for you&quot. fact, this ride should get high marks. For an invert, it only has 4 inversions, but they work so well and are paced so great, that you do not miss that there are not more (Quality over Qunatity). The pacing of this ride is very good, and the unusual helix right off the lift hill (and at 125 or so feet in the air) is a great element. The lift hill looks deceptively small from the station, but when you see the lift hill rise as the hillside drops away below, you realize that this coaster is taller than it first appears. If you are on the right side of the train, watch for the part where the sooperdooperlooper tracks try to take your feet off.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Jim Fisher on 6/30/2001 10:06:00 PM
An excellent inverted coaster. The helix off the lift hill is unique and excellent. The use of terrain is terrific and the supports are used well as choppers. If you havent tried the front row it is definately worth waiting for.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up smk on 6/26/2001 12:54:00 PM
nice gs on the helix at the top. great beginning and middle, but it doesnt follow the wardley rule.. has a crappy ending. after the corkscrew it just kinda drifts into the brakes. otherwise its great. best ride: front seat @ nite

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up gmozburn on 6/15/2001 12:53:00 AM - User's Top Ride #2
One of my favorite inverted coasters because its so smooth and doesnt bang your head around like most others. I did wish the ride was a little longer though.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterfan on 5/7/2001 3:49:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
Great Bear is my #8 ride. It has good elements and is very smooth. I gave it a 9 because it doesnt have enough Gs (the only time you feel anything is in the helix before the drop). You dont even feel weightless in the Zero-G roll!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Sephiroth7 on 4/26/2001 6:05:00 PM
This is a great example of how to use your land in a theme park. An average B+M, but an average ride of theirs is fairly good. Nice inversions and Gs, but not an outstanding ride.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Coasterman on 4/8/2001 5:29:00 PM
A very unique coaster. The helix at the top has some surprizing gs. And a spot of airtime here and there if you sit in the very last row.

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