HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) — The cat has officially been tamed.
After 26 years, Hersheypark’s second oldest wooden roller coaster, The Wildcat, is set to close this weekend.
According to Hersheypark’s social media outlets, the ride is set to close permanently at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
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The Wildcat opened in 1996 in the Midway America expansion of the park. The coaster was the first to be built by Pennsylvania-based roller coaster manufacturer Great Coasters International. (GCI). The coaster was named after the 1923 coaster named “Wild Cat” which was removed sometime in the 1940s.
GCI also built another Hersheypark roller coaster called Lightning Racer, a dueling wooden coaster, in May of 2000. This coaster is located in the Midway America section of the park and features two separate tracks. This was the first coaster of its kind when it debuted in 2000.
Hersheypark will be releasing more details about what will be replacing the ride later this year. However, the park was asking for suggestions on what the park could do with the 3,100 feet of wooden track.
Take a virtual ride on The Wildcat below!