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Great Bear features
Operating
United States
Bolliger & Mabillard
Steel
Inverted
B&M Inverted Coaster
Chain lift hill
Shoulder harness
1998
Reviews  108
  • PurpLy 37
    PurpLy 37 3 days ago

    Location Pace Intensity Too short

    This is a pretty intense and fast paced invert with a great location. The zero-g roll and corkscrew are also really whippy. Just wish it was a little longer.

  • TheClassicRemake Man

    First Drop Inversions Fun Too short Dead spots

    I've ridden this for many years, and honestly I think it's starting to show it's age. It's getting rougher, although it still isn't rough.

  • Smauge
    Smauge 1 month ago

    Intensity Smoothness

    This was the one ride that made me an enthusiast. I have never been more interested into coasters until I rode Great Bear. It is an awesome and disorienting experience. I really just want to go back to Hershey to ride this thing. Can't wait to reride this!

  • Inverted Thrills
    Inverted Thrills 2 months ago

    Inversions Fun Smoothness

    This is a very solid B&M invert. The inverisons are very fun, especially the zero g roll and the corkscrew and this is one of the smoothest coasters I've ever ridden

  • Carter E.
    Carter E. 2 months ago

    Inversions Fun Smoothness Too short Dead spots Layout

    its a weird ride but i love it, it has a great mix of positives, whip and some other forces that were very strange, however it does feel short and the ending is a major dead spot

  • New Jersey Thrills

    Rattle Headbanging Dead spots

    This ride is so bad, where do I even start. First off this ride is horribly rough and boring. It crawls through its layout while your head is getting smashed from side to side in your seat. In 2019 when I rode this it was good, but my 2020 rides were so disappointing. I thought it was going to be glossy smooth and intense but I was met with a boring and rough ride. Its also very short and features very few elements. Its also very tame. This is one of the worst coasters I've ever ridden due to the boring layout, Roughness, and its forceless.

  • Nathan F
    Nathan F 3 months ago

    Inversions Intensity Smoothness Too short Dead spots

    Great Bear does a lot really well. It’s in a beautiful location and it has an incredibly strong set of inversions. That first drop turnaround thing is really fun as well. It does have a lot of dead space between the final inversion and the brake run, but that’s a minor nitpick on an otherwise great coaster.

  • jovialethan123
    jovialethan123 3 months ago

    Capacity Inversions Nice surprise! Dead spots

    Quirky and fun. Love the creativity. Ride in front left or right.

  • luke hershey
    luke hershey 5 months ago

    Inversions Pace Fun

    Great ride! Had a blast with all of the inversions and it is great how smooth it is. It makes a loud roaring sound as it moves along, which almost sounds like an angry grizzly. Would give a higher rating if there was a launch at the beginning rather than a climb, plus I am not a big fan of hanging coasters in general because they limit your line of sight.

  • TYLER CRAFT
    TYLER CRAFT 8 months ago

    Comfort Smoothness Rattle

    I rode this ride when I was 11. It was the day after I finished elementary school, and I absolutely love this ride! However, between the immelmann and the zero-g roll, my head vibrated against the restraint. That was the only time it happened, and the rest of the ride both before and after that happened was glossy smooth! Great Bear is my favorite ride at Hersheypark! Hands down!

  • Jack Jack J.
    Jack Jack J. 1 year ago

    Inversions Location Intensity Too short

    Great Bear was really good. The first drop gave a little bit of floater in the back and then the inversions were all smooth and whippy. I think the zero-g roll might’ve been the best I’ve experienced on an inver. The corkscrew was really whippy as well and the location is fantastic. The only flaws are that it feels too short and kinda incomplete because of how the ride ends, just meanders back to the station.

  • Vinnie T
    Vinnie T 1 year ago

    Fun Intensity Smoothness Layout

    Probably the smoothest coaster I've been on (with the exception of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney's Magic Kingdom). The turn-around after the lift hill is surprisingly intense (sadly I kinda knew it ahead of time, otherwise that would've caught me off guard), then the first drop gave off some decent floater. The first two inversions, the vertical loop and the immelmann are really smooth but don't have a lot to offer when it comes to their intensity. Then you literally FLY through the zero-g-roll, it's a really snappy inversion, then the corkscrew is even better. It manages to make my head lean towards the restraint but not cause headbanging... it's very intense but smooth. I wish the end of the ride included one last turn around to the Coal Cracker and the water to make an interesting effect before heading into the brake run. I was expecting this ride to not be that forceful, part of it is... part of it is not.

  • Mr. Roller Coasters

    Inversions Pace Fun Too short

    This is a very fun inverted coaster! Great drop and some amazingly whippy inversions in the back!

  • Chase W.
    Chase W. 1 year ago

    Inversions Pace Layout

    Had to ride the official coaster of r/coasterbros. This beast is great in the sack. Long thick rails whip you around like a ragdoll. But this coaster is also a gentleman in its smoothness. I like to be well restrained while I ride and was tucked in nicely by the ride op. Im an otter but I imagine if a bear were to ride it would suit him just fine. Wish I bought the on ride pic of me doing my "O" face. 4.5 out of five, would bang again.

  • IronChef C.
    IronChef C. 1 year ago

    Location Pace Layout

    Definitely a top tier invert. Really different than the others I've been on. Has a great pace and throws elements at you in a unique way and that loop is very whippy. Beautiful location as well.

  • Dave Scott
    Dave Scott 2 years ago

    Superb location, cleverly engineered. Not intended to be a heavily forceful ride; though obviously still has the same basic height restrictions as other B&M's, which I find somewhat contradictory. Good job it does not rely on brute force to do it's job!

  • Kw6sTheater
    Kw6sTheater 2 years ago

    Location Comfort Fun Dead spots Intensity

    Great Bear is one of the better coasters at Hersheypark. It’s not on the level of Skyrush, Storm Runner or Fahrenheit, but this coaster is definitely not a bad one. It’s one of the weakest B&M inverted coasters that I have ever ridden, placing around Raptor at Cedar Point (in dead last) and Batman: The Ride (Six Flags Over Texas). Needless to say however, Great Bear has a very unique layout with an interesting location at the edge of Kissing Tower Hill. The helix pre-drop is an enjoyable, swooping maneuver that leads into the actual curved drop. The trio of inversions that follow provide some nice forces, most notably the Immelmann. A powerful overbanked turn over Spring Creek ensues just before a whippy corkscrew — but unfortunately, Great Bear peters out from here. The train rises up into a drawn-out, forceless S-bend running right above Coal Cracker leads into the final brake run. All in all, Great Bear is a somewhat short but still fun B&M inverted coaster, bar the last ten seconds of it or so.

  • Eric Esty
    Eric Esty 3 years ago

    Inversions Location Intensity

    Great Bear is an incredibly underrated masterpiece invert. It has an awesome, forceful helix before even the first drop. The loop, immelmann, and especially the zero-g are super forceful, whippy, and in quick succession. There's an airtime moment into a fast turn over the creek that I didn't expect! Then after a speedy straight past the creek, we twist and turn forcefully upwards, and corkscrew the opposite direction very forcefully, and then meander into the brakes. It's oddly paced, sure, but so forceful and whippy. And it's awesome looking, super engineered support structure is marvellous to look at, and even creates footchoppers! The setting itself is marvelous, it adds to the ride tremendously. A really fantastic invert that I find is greatly under-appreciated.

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    Dinsley 94 1 day ago
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    Kat M. 1 month ago
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    Augie Jansen 3 months ago

    Airtimes Intensity Smoothness Too short

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    Coaster Mania 4 months ago

    Fun Smoothness Layout

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    Mark Merkx 4 months ago
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    daniel 5 months ago
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    Blake Stoudt 6 months ago
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    Andrew E. 8 months ago

    Fun Smoothness Layout

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    john schmude 1 year ago

    Nice surprise! Fun Intensity

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    Troy Fiorillo 1 year ago
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    Daniel Massey 1 year ago
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    Jeff T. 1 year ago
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    Matthew Kaser 1 year ago
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    Antti V. 2 years ago
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    Wang Tony 2 years ago
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    iac17 2 years ago
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    Mark McGivern 2 years ago
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    Mike C 2 years ago
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    Michael W. 2 years ago
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    Andre Brown 2 years ago
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    Jeremy Cole 2 years ago
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    Mathis Gullon 2 years ago
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    Luis H. 2 years ago
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    Max R. 2 years ago
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    Tyler Kincade 2 years ago
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    Hans Roost 2 years ago
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    Matt K 2 years ago

    Capacity Inversions Fun

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    Etienne Sainton 2 years ago
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    Garrett S. 2 years ago
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    Inversions Comfort Fun Dead spots Intensity

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    Zek Teh Kek 2 years ago
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    Steve Corning 2 years ago
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    Chris Cronrath 2 years ago
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    Kyle Broxton 2 years ago
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    James Cook 2 years ago
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    Kommi 2 years ago
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    Daniel W. 3 years ago
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    Julien Grimbert 3 years ago
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    Joseph Bricout 3 years ago
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    Scott Pecqueux 3 years ago
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    Nicolas R. 3 years ago

    Comfort Layout

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    Florian Blond 3 years ago
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    JB T 3 years ago
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    Victor Humbert 3 years ago
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    Cyril Barbier 3 years ago
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    Guillaume F. 4 years ago

    Inversions Intensity

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    Benjamin R. 4 years ago
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    Dan Hood 4 years ago
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    Jacques Reynier 4 years ago

    Airtimes Nice surprise! Comfort Theming

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    Katun GagaLefou 4 years ago
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    Olivier P. 4 years ago

    Fun