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Storm Runner
Website: Hersheypark Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.3704
TPC Overall Rank: #78 out of 2929 rides.
Reviews: 66
Last Review: 8/8/2017 5:45:00 PM
In User Top 10: 66 times.
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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/24/2006 12:42:00 AM
This coaster is fast, but there isnt as much airtime as there is on other coasters out there and the layout has some boring spots in it. This ride is more like an 8.5 than an 8, but it is just slightly below my 9 standard. An very enjoyable ride for most that is pretty smooth.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Animan1 on 9/7/2006 4:13:00 PM
Let me just cut to the chase on this one - I was disappointed by Storm Runner. Which is not to say that this was a bad coaster, because its not. But it was a disappointment nonetheless.

The line was not terrible, about 20-25 minutes, and we were sitting in something like the 4th row. I got myself all strapped in, ready to go, they come to check the restraint...and I am suddenly in intense pain. Not only did my ride op practically jump on the restraint for no apparent reason (I easily fit in the thing, I am not a big person) so that I was stapled in like a sardine in a can, but the restraint, seat, and seating position in general are not comfortable by any stretch of the imagination.

This is all very unfortunate, because the ride itself is really pretty cool. The launch is good and intense, the top hat, inversions, etc...all good. Except for that restraint. During the heart-line roll, I thought my legs were going to bruise from the pressure. Overall, it doesnt seem to me that the ride or trains handle their speed that well either in terms of overall smoothness. Its not rough in the same sense as an old Arrow or Vekoma, but the trains do seem to do their share of rattling, something one rarely finds on any sort of B&M.

My ride was more or less a 7, but I have decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and give it an 8. I was not able to get a 2nd ride in that day, and I am willing to chalk up at least some of my poor experience to the ride ops decision to restrict the movement of my legs to approximately 3 mm in any direction. But the trains are still an issue, as the rest of my family had issues with various parts of their body as well, including the groin, neck, and head. Note to Intamin - redesign the trains (Im not sure if this is an issue on the majority of their Accelerator coasters - most seem to feature lap bars, which were fine on TTD) on this baby and youll have yourselves a possible All Star.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up no cars go on 5/20/2006 10:41:00 AM
The Storm Runner can obviously get very long lines, but sometimes if you catch it at the right time the line wont be too bad, even when theyre only running one train. The launch is very intense. Ive never screamed on straight track before this. Its just so fast, so soon. The rest of the ride, surprisingly, isnt just a blur, you can tell whats going on. The weird thing is that it doesnt feel like youre going all around the park like you really are, because its so short. But it packs a punch for how short it is. The ending is, as said before, uneventful and they could have added something else at the end, but its still a good coaster. The last time I went on this was on May 19th, 2006.

4 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CoastrGlxy on 4/23/2006 2:17:00 PM
As a big steel coaster fan, I was curious to see how good Storm Runner really was. Since it wasnt there the last time I went to the park I figured a 2 hour trip to re-visit Hersheypark wouldnt be a bad idea. On this Intamin Accelerator Coaster, riders are launched from 0 to 72 mph in 2 seconds. The launch has a great viewing area where onlookers can wave at their friends and families aboard the ride. Launch coasters have been a great addition to the theme park landscape. They really bring some wonder and amazement to your average park goers. Immediately after the launch the train is shot up a 150 (15 stories) hill. Its shaped like an upside-down "u" and is known as a top hat. Its purpose is to give riders a brief pop of airtime as they crest the hill.

The launch was fun, but not as amazing as advertised by others in the coaster enthusiasts community. Ive probably been talking to too many Pennsylvanians. I prefer Volcanos launch as it seems so raw and powerful. And I didnt get any air in the back of the train on the top hat hill, but it was cool having a few seconds to look around. The steep drop on the other side was great. Thanks to a ravine below you drop down 180 feet and then you enter the first of the three inversions (loops).

The first is a large looping maneuver known as an Immelmann. I like these inversions on B&M coasters, but this one was just so-so. Storm Runner really redeems itself with the next few elements. After the Immelmann the train climbs back up to about 100 in the air where you perform an awesome zero-g roll. Aside from a brief feeling of weightlessness, you can see how high you are as the ground is far below. The roll is followed immediately by Storm Runners coup de grace. A unique inversion Intamin has dubbed the flying snake dive. Its tough to describe and the feeling it gives is pretty disorienting. In a good way. Its easily the highlight of the ride.

After it, you fly over a stream, go through a funky banked section and then hit the station brakes. So youve got a coaster with an exciting if not spectacular launch, a great drop, so-so inversion, great barrel roll, and a sick new inversion. I know Hershey is strapped for space, but at least a nice long helix or some bunny hills towards then end would really help balance out the ride. Lastly, its a great coaster for photo ops and has a unique layout. Its not a bad ride by any means, but for me its not quite in the upper echelon. If I right away think of what could have made it better, I cant give it a 9 or 10. Final Rating - 8.5 (Great-Approaching Excellent)

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Mr.C on 11/18/2005 4:01:00 PM
My second favorite next to Kingda Ka! The Launch was good and intense, the tophat had good airtime and delivered a good drop, the inversions were fun, and i dont know about you but i sat in the front and the hill that went up into the G roll gave me awesome airtime! I also like how it has a layout instead of doing the tophat and comind right back. Some people say it is short but it is one of the longest i think for its type!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up spoon on 8/31/2005 5:16:00 PM
This was a good ride and I did enjoy the elements that were there, but I was expecting more. The ride couldve done a lot more and really ends much too soon, but its definately worth a couple re-rides if the line isnt too long.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up x307 on 8/31/2005 4:53:00 PM
While I enjoyed what was there, when it ended I just couldnt help feeling an emptiness inside that comes from when a coaster just has SO MUCH more to give, and comes out feeling absolutely flat. I had expected this to be a monster, and from everything Ive read on here, it was. Unfortunately, I guess all these reviews were just building me up for disappointment. While I did enjoy the launch, the Immelman, and the camelback/dive loop, there was just so much more here dying to come out that was never experimented with. It was still a good ride, no doubt, however the sour taste it left in my mouth, the fact that its so damn short, and the fact that it could be so much more but isnt leaves me no choice but to give this a high-7, however not quite an 8.

3 Rating
-3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up baumbastic on 8/30/2005 5:46:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
Yes the Storm Runner gives you that sudden rush of Adrenelin, but it is over just as soon as it started. The second and every ride thereafter the ride thrill dies out. The Launch is the only item of noteworthiness.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterSS on 8/29/2005 7:15:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
THE BEST STEEL COASTER EVER!!!! The launch gives you an awesome rush and just a great feeling! The line usually isnt more than 15 minutes long, if you go during the week, so you can get multiple rides in a day. The in-line twist is the best part of the ride in my opinion just because of the speed going through it! If you are in the mood for a good rush and some G forces, then this is the coaster for you!! I rode this coaster last in July 2005 and have riden it 7 times in one day! It seems like a different ride every time, but of course, it is best if you ride in the very front!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up $HeRsHeY$ on 8/26/2005 7:06:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
Like other people have said no high expectations and boy was i wrong the launch the drops the flips it was awsome and my whole eight grade class went on it i mean wow it was a blast i went on it like 20 times that day u gotta love it!

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