Hurricane, at Adventureland in Farmingdale, New York, is being dismantled to bring in a state-of-the-art ride that is tentatively scheduled to open in time for Adventureland's April 2015 opening weekend. The new, $5 million coaster, will have a caterpillar-style train made up of three separate cars fitting four people each that can spin 360 degrees as they simultaneously race downhill.
Hurricane, which has been eliciting screams from visitors to the amusement park for 23 years, is closing on Columbus Day.
Although Hurricane is 50 feet tall and travels at speeds up to 35 mph, the new coaster will be taller at 55 feet, and go faster at up to 40 mph. The new ride will sit in the same spot as Hurricane, toward the middle of the park, across from the Ghost House.
Adventureland is raffling off seats on the Hurricane's final ride on Columbus Day as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.
Each of the roller coaster's two trains fits 12 people, for a total of 24 last riders. The six highest donors for each charity -- with donations made through the Adventureland.us website -- will win the first six seats on each train. The remaining 12 seats will be picked at random from among everyone who makes at least a $5 donation. There is also a contest to name the new roller coaster and possibly win a three-year season pass to Adventureland. Information on the raffle and naming contest can be found here.