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Watch: ‘Hydrus’ Roller Coaster Thrills During First Day on Casino Pier

The reviews are in on HYDRUS, the new roller coaster at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights – and they seem to be top notch so far.

For the first time since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, a roller coaster is running in Seaside Heights. Thew new coaster sends riders on massive drop, then flips them around – while views of the nearby ocean flash by. The Shorebeat crew took their own ride shortly after it opened to the public Saturday.

HYDRUS is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter model Roller Coaster which has a 72-foot vertical lift and beyond-vertical drop. A “sensational” first drop of 97° starts the thrill ride, which tracks at 45 mp.h. Passengers will glide the 1,050-foot coaster track which includes a vertical loop, an Immelman turn and a heartline roll during its course.

The Roller Coaster has  two, eight-passenger cars equipped with comfortable lap-bar restraints with redundant, hydraulic cylinders that safely keep passengers in the ergonomic bucket seats during the incredible ride. Also, durable magnetic brakes guarantee comfortable vehicle deceleration before they enter the station

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