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Skyrush, a new roller coaster -- and the largest -- at Hersheypark. Its seats jut out from either side of the track, giving riders the sensation of soaring through the air.(Credit: Hershey Entertainment and Resorts)

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Northeast theme parks

Looping, boomeranging, dizzyingly high -- roller coasters continue to capture theme park fans' imaginations as the summer of 2012 roars in. A number of new roller coasters will be bringing fresh ups and downs to metro area parks, including the new "winged" variety. Here's a sampling of the chills and thrills at theme parks within a few hours' ride of New York.

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