Featured Photo #14 – The Unsung Hero of Your Park’s Coaster Lineup

Sidewinder at Hersheypark - Vekoma Boomerang

Step Outside of Your Enthusiast Box For a Moment
Are Vekoma’s Boomerang  roller coasters unappreciated? Sure, they’re short shuttle coasters that can get pretty rough, but think of their upside. Think about all of the people who got their first looping experience on one of these theme park staples. There are plenty of smaller parks that can’t afford to build a large looping coaster, but they do have a Vekoma Boomerang to offer some brief thrills. Plenty of kids and roller coaster novices have looked up at Zoomerang at Lake Compounce or Boomerang at Elitch Gardens or Sea Serpent at Morey’s Piers and said, “I can ride that.”

Heck if I were to build a park, well, once I build a park after hitting the lottery that is, I’d consider installing a Vekoma Boomerang with Carolina Cobra’s open restraints. They minimize the much maligned head banging making the little ride pretty darn enjoyable.

This picture was taken back in the Spring of 2006 on one of my first trip after starting the blog. It’s the Sidewinder at Hersheypark. I remember it being a little smoother than other boomerangs that I’d ridden.

What’s Your Take?

What’s your take on this photo, Sidewinder, and Vekoma Boomerangs in general? Leave a comment below.

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