July 9, 2015
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The Hydra that this coaster is named after is the Hydra of Lerna from
Greek Mythology. It was a multi headed sea serpent that guarded one
of the entrances to the underworld. So why all of the Greek Mythology
This is the site where the once record breaking Hercules wooden coaster
once sat. Back to the mythology for a bit as Hercules killed the Hydra
as one of his legendary "Twelve Labors". As this coaster replaced
Hercules Dorney Park decided to keep with mythology in naming the ride so
the Hydra got its revenge on Hercules as this is "Hydra: The Revenge".
This Hydra is not a multi headed serpent. Instead it is a custom designed
floorless looping coaster by the masters at Bolliger and Mabillard.
Hydra starts twisting you all around as soon as the train leaves the station
as the first element you encounter is this "JoJo" roll that the train just
crawls through making all of your loose items in your pocket fall to the
rocks below. The best thing is to leave your stuff in a storage bin
or put it in a zippered pocket so you don't have to go get the ride operators
to recover your lost item after the park has closed.
Hydra uses the terrain for a slightly longer drop at a hundred and five
feet with a ninety-five foot lift hill.
Following Hydra's initial plunge follows 3,198 feet of track with seven
As you can see by all of the empty seats we picked a great day to visit
Dorney Park and ride as much as possible as the park was empty.