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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  84
  • luke hershey
    luke hershey 28 days 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 3 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. 7 months 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 9 months 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
    Mr. Roller Coasters 10 months ago

    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. 10 months 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. 10 months 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.

  • Carter E.
    Carter E. 11 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

  • 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.

  • Coaster Mania
    Coaster Mania 3 hours ago

    Fun Smoothness Layout

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    Mark Merkx 13 days ago
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    Blake Stoudt 2 months ago
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    Andrew E. 4 months ago

    Fun Smoothness Layout

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    john schmude 1 year ago

    Nice surprise! Fun Intensity

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    Matt K 1 year ago

    Capacity Inversions Fun

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    Inversions Comfort Fun Dead spots Intensity

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    Nicolas R. 2 years ago

    Comfort Layout

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    Cyril Barbier 3 years ago
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    Guillaume F. 3 years ago

    Inversions Intensity

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    Benjamin R. 3 years ago
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    Jacques Reynier 3 years ago

    Airtimes Nice surprise! Comfort Theming

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    Katun GagaLefou 3 years ago
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    Olivier P. 3 years ago

    Fun