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Wisdom Rides, Incorporated

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Wisdom Rides, Incorporated. 

Wisdom Rides, Inc., was founded by Jerry Wisdom in 1969, as Wisdom Industries. The company is based in Merino, Colorado. Wisdom has produced rides such as the Gravitron and the Tornado.

Viper, 2016 York Fair
Viper, at the 2016 York Fair, is a Wisdom Rides / Venture Rides Manufacturing hybrid.

Hersheypark purchased one of their rides, The Howler, a Tornado ride, in 2008. The Howler has eight cars and fits four riders per car. You have the ability to spin your car as the ride is spinning.

Howler STITP 2008
The Howler, during Springtime In The Park 2008. Photo courtesy Shawn Marie Mann.

The Howler was placed in the spot formerly occupied by Conestoga (1984-2002) and Frontier Virtual Theater (2003-2007). It was installed at the same time the Intamin roller coaster Fahrenheit was constructed, replacing Western Chute-Out.

To read more about other ride manufacturers that have made rides for Hersheypark, click here.


Harry Michelson View All

I have a wide variety of interests, from sports to politics, music to Star Trek. I write about the history of amusement parks on my website, The Amusement Parkives, which I founded in 2016.

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