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Great Bear Review

August 25, 2012

Great Bear is an inverted coaster at Hersheypark. Because of its strange layout it is considered to be one of the weirdest B&M rides in the world.

Great Bear starts with a surprisingly fast helix. The track twists around and then falls down the ride’s main drop. The first inversion is a Vertical Loop. Next is an Immelmann followed by a Zero-G Roll. Great Bear’s second half is situated over a small creek. Hersheypark had trouble getting permission to build supports in the water. B&M had to create some strange structural elements so that the ride never touched the creek.
There is a hidden Corkscrew before the final section of track. On the last straightaway before the brakes, if you are lucky, you can have a chance to kick the Sooperdooperlooper coaster. This only happens if both trains are running at the same time though.

Great Bear was a very fun ride. It was a bit short but Hersheypark had space restraints and I think they made a great choice with what little land they had. I am giving it a 7 out of 10.

Have you ridden Great Bear? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  1. Matt P permalink

    I love Great Bear. It’s drop is my favorite of all B&M inverts due to the helix and diving by the water. It is very smooth, scenic, and fun. It is very similar to Talon at Dorney Park. They both have 4 of the same inversions, about the same height, and are a bit short. But I have to give a slight edge to great bear because of the helix drop and scenery.

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