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Great Bear features
Operating
United States
Bolliger & Mabillard
Steel
Inverted
Chain lift hill
Shoulder harness
1998
Reviews  73
  • Vinnie T
    Vinnie T 12 days 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 month 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 month 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. 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

  • Dave Scott
    Dave Scott 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 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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    Joshua Uy 2 hours ago
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    Ted Ansley 7 days ago
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    Edward M 1 month ago
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    Rémi Parent 1 month ago
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    Sam Fanus 1 month ago
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    twigy _22 2 months ago
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    Drew Schryver 2 months ago
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    Racc Hudson 2 months ago
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    Antoine B. 3 months ago
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    Timothée Pons 4 months ago
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    Sam Grantham 4 months ago
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    Coaster Hour 5 months ago
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew E. 5 months ago

    Location Smoothness Layout

  • John Zivich
    John Zivich 7 months ago
  • john schmude
    john schmude 7 months ago

    Nice surprise! Fun Intensity

  • Troy Fiorillo
    Troy Fiorillo 9 months ago
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    Daniel Massey 9 months ago
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    Jeff T. 9 months ago
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    Matthew Kaser 9 months ago
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    Antti V. 11 months ago
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    Wang Tony 11 months ago
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    iac17 11 months ago
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    Mark McGivern 11 months ago
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    Mike C 1 year ago
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    Toby Palmer 1 year ago
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    Michael W. 1 year ago
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    Andre Brown 1 year ago
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    Jeremy Cole 1 year ago
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    Ryan Emerick 1 year ago
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    Luis H. 1 year ago
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    Max R. 1 year ago
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    Tyler Kincade 1 year ago
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    Hans Roost 1 year ago
  • Matt K
    Matt K 1 year ago

    Capacity Inversions Fun

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    Garrett S. 1 year ago
  • Alexis Leblanc-Dussault

    Inversions Comfort Fun Dead spots Intensity

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    Zek Teh Kek 1 year ago
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    Steve Corning 1 year ago
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    Chris Cronrath 1 year ago
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    S 1 year ago
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    Kyle Broxton 1 year ago
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    James Cook 1 year ago
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    Kommi 1 year ago
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    Daniel W. 1 year ago
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    Julien Grimbert 2 years ago
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    Joseph Bricout 2 years ago
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    Scott Pecqueux 2 years ago
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    Nicolas R. 2 years ago

    Comfort Layout

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    PA Coasters 2 years ago
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    Florian Blond 2 years ago
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    JB T 2 years ago
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    Victor Humbert 2 years ago
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    Edward M. 2 years ago
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    Cyril Barbier 2 years ago
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    Guillaume F. 3 years ago

    Inversions Intensity

  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin R. 3 years ago
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    Dan Hood 3 years ago
  • Jacques Reynier
    Jacques Reynier 3 years ago

    Airtimes Nice surprise! Comfort Theming

  • Katun GagaLefou
    Katun GagaLefou 3 years ago
  • Olivier P.
    Olivier P. 3 years ago

    Fun