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Wild Cat
Website: Hersheypark Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.8049
TPC Overall Rank: #218 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 95
Last Review: 7/4/2013 7:05:00 AM
In User Top 10: 42 times.
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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up x307 on 8/31/2005 4:57:00 PM
What the hell was this? While I thought the ride looked excellent BEFORE I got on, I was rewarded with a rough, jerky experience. While the ride has potential to be quite a good coaster, and the lay-out is actually quite good, the sheer pain I felt while riding cancelled out any fun I was having. Its not as rough as Mean Streak at Cedar Point, however in time it could get to those levels.

2 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up penguin22 on 8/31/2005 10:59:00 AM
OUCH!!!!!!!! The second roughest woodie I have been on next to Mean Streak. The first drop is murder, as are the sharp turns. I ride it for the credit.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 8/25/2005 2:22:00 PM
This may be a shock for most, but this actually turned out to be my favorite of the Hershey coasters I went on. The first year I rode this, I absolutely hated it because of how rough I found it, but when I returned a year later I absolutely loved it and it became my favorite wooden coaster because I knew how to ride it then. Just heed my advice, keep your head off the headrest!

The coaster is an absolute beauty with its tangled mess of track and no matter how many times I rode it, the ride was still a surprise for me. I know Im in the minority here, but I prefer PTCs over Millennium flyers. I hate the weighted lap bar of the flyers that destroy air time, while the PTCs allowed for incredible ejector air all throughout the Wildcat. I havent ridden it since flyers were added though so I cant comment.

Well, the whole ride is absolute madness to say the least. The entire ride is extremely fast paced and never has a dull moment. I love the agressiveness of the ride and the ride provides absolutely incredible ejector air on many hills such as the first drop, second drop, and the bunny hills. Also, the helixes give great Gs.

This definitely shouldnt be missed at Hershey. Not only is it an incredible coaster, but it also has a much shorter line than a lot of Hersheys other coasters. My waits havent been more than 10-15 minutes at all. No matter where you sit, the Wildcat will give you an incredible ride packed with air and forces that few woodies can match.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up hrrytraver on 7/25/2005 12:44:00 AM
this ride, to me, is more appropriately felt as "the wild pig", because its personality is more one of snorts, snot, spit, awkward sprints and abrasive squeals, and less one of a graceful, furtive and agile predator. however the "wild pig" doesnt lack its own brand of agility, and for the style of the coaster it represents, a twisting woody, i would say it had a lightness and spring that i found lacking in the (also good)twister up the hill in knoebels. i loved the coarse shake up one gets on this coaster. it got my attention on the first ride and transmitted some of its life energy to me. i was smiling non stop in spite of the fresh thrashing. my girlfriend was totally beaten down by the pig, and upon leaving the train, she could only say "that was f****d up" several times. she refused to ride it again for the rest of the day. myself, on the other hand, i found this ride to have a spirit not found in the other hershey coasters. for instance, i do not the like the millenium flyer trains on the lightning racer, unlike many people. i prefer the PTC trains on the wild "pig" because they are very open feeling, and frankly the seats themselves are slightly UNcomfortable, which i think tenses the rider some and gets one in an nice upright position and pumped to scramble about some with the ride. "comfort" is not needed on this roller coaster. some have attributed the rough ride of the "pig" to the PTC trains and the fact that GCI were just getting their licks together with this one. but i think GCI should do more with this style. they could concoct the modern day crystal beach cyclone (perhaps a little friendlier) if they kept working in the direction of the wild "pig". the design and layout here is very disorienting and convoluted, and there was something strange at the ending, like it just suddenly knocks you through something pretty jarring - actually it feels kind of like the train jumps a curb - and starts going faster right though to the brakes. who doesnt love when a roller coaster appears to pick up intensity at the end when you think it should be puttering down? nobody. everybody wants their coaster to go nuts at the end. please check out the wild "pig" and dont take your girlfriend in the back seat on the first ride. oh, bring some aspirin, i did get a little throb in my head after a couple rides in the back.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 7/14/2005 12:20:00 PM
Wildcat is one insane woodie...even more out-of-control than Grizzly. The twisting drop was fun, but not phenominal, IMO. There were a few moments of decent air and the layout was completely unpredictable which really helped it get the 8. However, some of the very intense laterals and roughness took away from the experience if you ask me. Plus, the PTC trains dont stand a chance against the Millennium Flyers on Lightning Racer. So overall: a good woodie and a VERY good start for a great company.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cmciv on 6/19/2005 11:16:00 PM
All woodies should be like this. Very intense, rough, and relentless throughout. This coaster has to be one of the most deceiving rides Ive ever been on. When I saw the 85-foot hill, I didnt imagine this to be as intense as it was. Just a brilliant design.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Axman on 6/12/2005 3:34:00 PM
Wildcat was an excellent coaster. It has speed, drops , and the perfect balance of smoothness, and roughness. I think it should have those articulated trains, like whats on Lightning Racer, though. I think theyd run better on a track as twisted as Wildcat is.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 6/3/2005 1:06:00 AM
Wild Cat was a wild and rambunctious woodie, which to me is synonymous with pretty fun. The coaster was beautiful, with the typical Great Coasters wood magic. However, this was the first GCI, and while I can see where they started theyve come a long way. Perhaps the worst thing is the PTC trains the coaster runs, which is the most likely source for the roughness and intensity. Its good, but this, like Gwazi and others, is why we got those wonderful Millennium Flyers, so Ill take it.The ride was still good, and I cant bash the roughness. I though it was that good kind of bone-jarring experience, and nothing like a Dinn/Summers mega woodie. The layout was good, and provided a bunch of twists and turns and those renowned GCI laterals. The coaster isnt an airtime beast, but did have some good pops here and there, noting that we rode near the back. The one train operation blows big time though, I was fortunate enough to catch it with a fairly short line and still waited probably 20 minutes.Its worth a ride anyday, expecially when the line is pretty short, but looks can be deceiving and be prepared to get shaken a bit.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up MagnumMan on 5/15/2005 11:51:00 AM - User's Top Ride #7
Wildcat is one really great woodie. Only a select few are able to maintain speed and intensity throughout the entire course and this is definitly one of them. After about a 20 minute wait, if that, it was my turn to ride and I knew, when the coaster went through one or two small bunny hills before it even had reached the lift, that it was going to leave me breathless at the end. And it did. The first drop was excellent and very original. It is not often that you see nearly 90 degree drops on woodies yet, at Hersheypark, they have 2 (technically 3) woodies that do. Wildcats, though, was a little bit better than LRs. Sitting in the back, the train pulls you over the top and you dont even see the bottom of it until you are about halfway down. Without a doubt, Wildcat now has one of my favorite coaster drops. The rest of the course is ferocious and the speed does not let up. Nearly every turn is completely "over"-banked, which is very satifying and a unique quality to Wildcat. Also, no drop is the same length which makes for a totally unpredicable ride. And the roughness? Though it did have its moments (I think there might have been a very "uncomfortable" double up in there somewhere), the whole ride itself was not rough at all. Keep in mind that I sat in the back too. Im not sure why Wildcat has gotten such a bad reputation but...seriously...you have not experienced "rough" until youve been on Predator at SFDL, and this coaster was not nearly as bad. There are even a few small pockets of floater air on the hills (Hersheypark is completely "airtime-depprived" and when coasters do have it, you really cherish it). Wildcat just misses my Top 10 but if you want a relentless coaster, this one is for you!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RCGenius on 1/9/2005 9:01:00 PM
It seems to me that this 2006 year theres soem completly different about the Wildcat & I love it. I think that they finally re-tracked the whole coaster & overall, its a better wooden coaster ride. It feels a lil more smoother, especially in the front seat, & it still has that unpredictable track layout. Its so twisted that once you get off of it, you wont know where your left & right is. It has some decent airtime too at every seat despite it being a GCI coaster thats more into twisted layouts compared to Setpoints (formerly CCIs) airtime machines. The speeds relentless & it never lets up. The blistering high speed really raises the bar in the Wildcats intensity factor. I really dont think that its as rough as I used to make out of it. Thats the point of woodies anyway whichs why I love them more than steel coasters. I rode it in the back seat for the first time & its very intense. Its a somewhat rough experience, but not to the point that youll never want to ride it again. Its out of control feeling, relentless everlasting speed, & twisted layout makes the Wildcat a great coaster to be reckoned with. You should definitely ride it whenever you visit Hersheypark since it was GCIs first coaster project that has progressed them to build more wooden twisters like Roar at SFA & SFMW, Gwazi at BGT, Lightning Racer at Hersheypark too, Thunderhead at Dollywood, & many more.

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