HERSHEYPARK (known as HERSHEY PARK until 1970) is a family theme park
situated in Hershey, Derry Township,
The park opened its first roller coaster in 1923, the Wild Cat, an
* 1 History
* 1.1 Name
* 1.2 Amusement rides and attractions
* 1.2.1 Roller coasters * 1.2.2 Pools
* 1.3 Themed areas of the park
* 2 Attractions
* 2.1 Rides
* 2.1.1 Height categories * 2.1.2 Thrill ride ratings
* 2.2 Entertainment * 2.3 Dining
* 3 Themed areas
* 3.1 Founder\'s Way * 3.2 The Hollow * 3.3 Kissing Tower Hill * 3.4 Pioneer Frontier * 3.5 Midway America * 3.6 The Boardwalk at Hersheypark
* 4 In popular culture * 5 Gallery * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links
Further information: History of Hersheypark
In 1903, Milton S. Hershey , founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, surveyed the town that would become Hershey. Included in his plans was a site along Spring Creek that would be suitable for his park. In 1905, a pavilion was built on the hill overlooking Spring Creek and a bridge was built over Spring Creek. While the bridge was able to be constructed, the land on the banks of Spring Creek, from Derry Church to Union Deposit, and areas further north of the creek (including the area currently occupied by Hersheypark Arena and Stadium) was actually owned by J.H. Nissley. In February 1906, Hershey purchased all but two tracts of land, near Union Deposit, from Nissley. In early spring, the Hershey baseball club staked out an area for a baseball field; a baseball diamond, with a track surrounding the field, as well as grandstands were built. The first game was played on May 5, which was a 4-0 loss to Felton Athletic Club. This is also noted as the first open-air event in Hershey.
On Wednesday, April 24, 1907, Hershey's Park was opened to the public
and an immense crowd enjoyed the all-day amusements. Hershey formally
opened the park and called it Hershey Park. The festivities
included a baseball game, in which Hershey defeated the Crescent Club
of Harrisburg by a score of 13-1. Music was performed by the
recently formed Hershey Band and other events were held on park
grounds. Prior to that time, it had been called various unofficial
names, including "West-end" Park and Hershey's Park, which (despite
being a popular, and grammatically correct, choice) was picked over in
order to combine the words Hershey and Park. In 1970, after more than
60 years of operations, park management decided to redevelop the park
into a theme park. The name was changed to
AMUSEMENT RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS
A view of Hersheypark's amusement center circa 1950.
The first ride was added to the park in 1908 – an Allen Herschel carousel often referred as the "Merry-Go-Round." This was followed in 1910 with the addition of the Miniature Railroad, which remained in operation until the end of the 1971 season. The park has operated a bumper car ride since 1926, a variety of boat rides on Spring Creek, and six dark rides, three which were funhouses. The park added its first two kiddie rides in 1926, The Prowler and The Regurgitator, and has added well over 40 since then .
The park added its first roller coaster in 1923, The Wild Cat , for
the town of Hershey's twentieth anniversary, which operated until
1945. It was replaced by the park's second wooden roller coaster,
Comet, in 1946. Between then and 1996, the park added six roller
coasters, including sooperdooperLooper , the first modern looping
steel roller coaster on the East Coast of the United States, in 1977.
Of the coasters that the park has had, only four are no longer in the park. One, a twin roller coaster called Toboggan (it was also called Twin Towers Toboggan or Twin Toboggans) which had been located in Carousel Circle, a water coaster called Roller Soaker which had been in Midway America and later The Boardwalk, a kiddie coaster with an oval track called Mini-Comet, and the Original Wild Cat. (The station of the Wild Cat was located in the Minetown area where the Convoy ride is currently with most of the out-and-back layout/structure built along the north side of Spring Creek between the base of Storm Runner's first drop and the station for Trail Blazer.)
Hersheypark's second pool, circa 1924-1928.
The park has had several pools, the first located next to Spring Creek in Comet Hollow, the area themed as The Hollow as of 2014. The first pool operated from 1908 until 1911, which included a toboggan-slide ride called Shoot-the-Chutes. This pool was replaced by a cement pool which opened in 1912 and remained in use through the 1928 season.
That pool was replaced by a new pool complex on the western edge of
the park, which included a large bathhouse, one large pool and a
smaller pool, as well as a beach-like area and a lighthouse. It
operated until 1971, when it was closed at the start of the
THEMED AREAS OF THE PARK
See also: List of Hersheypark attractions
The first ride the park purchased was a Herschell carousel in 1908. The most recent ride added was Hershey Triple Tower, the first drop towers at Hershey park.
This is a height measurement board at the entrance of the Twin Turnpike Sports Cars ride in Hersheypark.
All measurements are in inches :
CATEGORY RANGE NOTES
Miniatures 0 – 36 (3\' and below) Newest height category; created in 2005
Kisses 36 – 42 (3' – 3'6" )
Reese's 42 – 48 (3'6" – 4')
Hershey's 48 – 54 (4' – 4'6")
Twizzler 54 – 60 (4'6" – 5')
Jolly Ranchers 60 and above (5' +) Previously Cookies 'N' Creme and originally Bar None.
Thrill Ride Ratings
RANKING NAME DESCRIPTION
1 CHILDREN\'S RIDE This is a low-speed, gentle ride intended for young children and may accommodate chaperones where permitted.
2 MILD THRILL RIDE This is a low to medium speed ride with expected changes in elevation and speed. This ride may require some rider body control and is not recommended for unaccompanied toddlers or very small children.
3 MODERATE THRILL RIDE This is a medium speed ride where riders may experience unexpected changes in elevation and speed. This ride may contain moderate twists, turns, bumps, spins and loops and may require some rider body control.
4 HIGH THRILL RIDE This is a fast-paced ride experience with unexpected changes in speed, direction and/or elevation. This ride may contain significant twists, turns, bumps, spins, and loops and requires full rider body control.
5 AGGRESSIVE THRILL RIDE This is a high-speed ride experience. Riders will experience many unexpected rapid changes in speed, direction, and/or elevation and requires full rider body control. This ride is not recommended for guests with physical, cognitive, and/or medical limitations.
There are facilities for accommodating particular dietary needs,
including a kosher restaurant (Central PA's Kosher Mart) and a variety
of restaurants offering gluten-free rolls and bread. Groups can
pre-arrange catering in one of six private picnic areas inside the
park. Signs are posted prohibiting guests from bringing in outside
food and drink. A casual sit down restaurant called
The Front Gates
Founder's Way is the first themed area of Hersheypark. It begins
outside of the main gate near Tram Circle and is free to enter. It
features rustic architecture when it was themed as Tudor Square
(1973-2013) and is home to several shops, a Dunkin\' Donuts and
Once inside the main gate, the area has a Bavarian architecture which
was from its time themed as Rhineland (1973-2013). Most of this
immediate area is on a hill, which has a wide variety of gift shops as
well as a Nathan's, Famous Famiglia Pizzeria, and the Central PA's
Kosher Mart. Hospitality Services is also located in this area, as
well as stroller rentals. At the top of the hill is where a statue of
Milton S. Hershey and a surrounding fountain, which honors the
chocolate maker and founder of the park. This is also where the
The section of Founder's Way beyond Carousel circle is an area formerly themed as Der Deitsch Platz. This is home to the Craftbarn restaurant, a Get the Picture Souvenir Photo Stand, where guests can see and purchase pictures taken of them by park photographers throughout their day, as well as a Subway restaurant.
This section was named after the oldest operating coaster in the
park, Comet , and lies along Spring Creek. This is one of the oldest
areas part of Hersheypark; many rides have come and gone in this area.
The park's first water ride, the Mill Chute installed in 1929, was
alongside the creek where Great Bear runs today. The original location
for the bumper cars, then called the Auto Skooters, is now the
SooperDooperLooper Sandwich Stop. There were giant slides on the hill
One of Hersheypark's most significant floods occurred in 1972 as a result of Hurricane Agnes . A number of rides were heavily damaged or destroyed as a result. These rides include the turnpike ride, the Mill Chute and the giant slides. They were eventually replaced (the Coal Cracker (1973) and Twin Turnpike (1975) were put on higher ground in Minetown, and the Merry Derry Dip Fun Slide was put in Midway America twenty five years later in 1997).
Today, The Hollow features three roller coasters, Comet ,
Beginning with the 2012 season and renovations being done to this area, the famous chocolate smell will also be dampened, the park once used chocolate smelling chemical in building material but discontinued use due to concerns about safety. Additionally, the park changed the name of the once 'Comet Hollow' to the now present name of 'The Hollow'.
KISSING TOWER HILL
Great Bear and SooperDooperLooper
Until the start of the 2014 season, this area of the park had been
called Minetown, which had been officially opened in 1990 with the
additions of Convoy, Red Baron, Flying Falcon and Dinosaur-Go-Round.
All except Dinosaur-Go-Round and Flying Falcon are still in the area;
Dinosaur-Go-Round was moved to Founder's Circle for the 2007 season so
the Frog Hoppers could be moved to its location to make room for the
Boardwalk, and Flying Falcon was removed after the 2016 season to make
room for Hershey Triple Tower. The section features many classic
Pioneer Frontier is the southwestern-themed section of the park, and includes four of the park's roller coasters: Trailblazer (the second oldest in the park), Sidewinder , Storm Runner , and Fahrenheit . It also includes the Frontier Flyers, The Howler, Mini Scrambler, and Livery Stables. It also has its own food court which features a wide variety of restaurants. The section previously included the area up to and including Tidal Force until 2007 when Tidal Force and Canyon River Rapids were rezoned into the new Boardwalk. However, the southern end of the section was expanded at this time, encompassing the Pirate (swinging ship), The Claw, and the Dry Gulch Railroad , all rezoned from Music Box Way.
An overhead view of
Opened in 1996 as a homage to the classic midway fair, Midway America features four roller coasters, including Wildcat , and Lightning Racer (a dueling wooden roller coaster), and two steel coasters, Wild Mouse , across from Wildcat, and Laff Trakk, a glow in the dark spinning family indoor coaster across from the Wild Mouse. The section also has the Whip, Music Express, Merry Derry Dip Fun Slides, Ferris Wheel and two kiddies rides Granny Bugs and Pony Parade.
THE BOARDWALK AT HERSHEYPARK
The newest themed area of the park, the Boardwalk waterpark was officially opened in 2007 and featured five new waterpark attractions along with three already standing rides: Roller Soaker, Tidal Force, and Canyon River Rapids. Canyon River Rapids and Tidal Force were rezoned from Pioneer Frontier to the Boardwalk, with Tidal Force later being zoned as Midway America. In 2009, the Boardwalk received an expansion known as the Seaquel which replaced Canyon River Rapids with Intercoastal Waterway (a lazy river), the Shore (a wave pool) and cabanas. Roller Soaker was removed for the 2013 season. Two new water slides and a spray ground replaced Roller Soaker.
IN POPULAR CULTURE
American Dad! episode "May the Best Stan Win ", a major
subplot concerns the marital conflict arising from title character
Stan Smith having visited
Great Bear *
Monorail Train 2 *
Fahrenheit\'s lift *
Fahrenheit's corkscrew *
Storm Runner and Kissing Tower *
Storm Runner's snake dive *
Wild Mouse *
Midway America in the evening
* ^ "PA Travelers Staying At Home". The Evening Times. Sayre, PA .
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