Unfortunately, time and reprofiling weren't kind to Hercules. As time went on, it just became rougher and rougher. When I rode it in 2003, it was really needing work because it was painful just to ride it once.
In early September 2003, Dorney Park announced that they were removing Hercules. It was replaced in 2005 by the floorless coaster called Hydra: The Revenge. In Greek Mythology, Hercules killed Hydra, a horrible serpent with many heads that grew back as soon as they were cut off. Very nice reference!
©2012 by Joel A. Rogers