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Hersheypark to introduce 'a new spin on an old favorite'

'Laff Trakk' is the fun house of the 21st century, officials say

Hersheypark to introduce 'a new spin on an old favorite'

HERSHEY, Pa. - Hersheypark has pulled the wraps off what it calls "a new spin on an old favorite."

"Laff Trakk," making its debut in May 2015, will be the first indoor, spinning glow-coaster in the United States, according to Hersheypark, which announced the new attraction Tuesday and offered a virtual version of the ride on its website.

The family-friendly house of laughs, located in the Midway America section of the park, will spin riders through an adventure of sights and sounds, complete with glimpses of colorful characters and a dizzying hall of mirrors.

"Fun houses are an American amusement park treasure and an important part of the historical fabric at Hersheypark," said Kevin Stumpf, general manager, attractions and entertainment. "We are thrilled to bring back some of the timeless elements from these classic attractions and, quite literally, put a new spin on them."

The coaster, manufactured by Germany-based Maurer Söhne, is the fun house of the 21st century that offers a new experience with every ride, officials said.

"The number and size of riders affects the rotation of the cars giving riders a different view of the bright, colorful elements and playful surroundings providing endless amounts of fun on Laff Trakk," Stumpf said.

The coaster will feature seven 360-degree free-spinning trains, each carrying four passengers and traveling 40 mph along 1,400 feet of track. It can accommodate approximately 850 riders per hour, officials said.

To make way for "Laff Trakk," officials said the Granny Bug and Pony Parade attractions will be relocated and the miniature train will be placed in storage.

Construction is set to begin the day after Labor Day.


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