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General Resort News - (6/2/14) The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival will take place from September 12-14, 2014 featuring a number of interactive offerings, special wines and brews, good food and much more. It will all fulminate at The Grand Tasting event on Sunday. Click here for al the official details.
Hersheypark sent in a picture of what looks like one of the old Six Flags Magic Mountain monorails trains now refurbished and up and running on the park’s monorail beam!
(5/29/14) ThemeParkUniversity got a rare chance to go behind the scenes at Hershey’s Chocolate World. This included some unique looks at backstage areas of the Hershey’s Chocolate Tour ride as well as a look at the gear the digital puppeteers use in the Hershey’s Great Chocolate Factory Mystery attraction.
(3/27/14) According to what I’m told, we mistakenly assumed that the new looking Blue Monorail on the beam at Hersheypark was one of the old Magic Mountain Metro trains. Apparently it is not… this is Hersheypark’s repainted and restored former Capital Blue Cross branded monorail train. I’m not sure if the Blue Cross branding was removed or if they are planning on putting something new on at a later date. The old Magic Mountain Metro cars will primarily be used for parts it seems, though with three trains to pick from, I wouldn’t be surprised if they couldn’t piece together a working train eventually.
(3/26/14) A reader passing by
(3/14/14) AllAmericanThrills has posted a new photo update from Hersheypark this week, including pictures of the former Metro monorail cars from Six Flags Magic Mountain that were purchased by the park.
(2/15/14) AllAmericanThrills had the opportunity to have a sit-down chat with Hersheypark’s Laura Woodburn, Director of Ride Operations, to discuss just what goes on during the off-season.
2014 - New Rides / Cocoa Cruiser - Confirmed - (12/29/13) Hersheypark has now officially named the park’s new 2014 kiddie coaster as the Cocoa Cruiser.
(12/17/13) AllAmericanThrills reports that Hersheypark has announced new additions for the 2014 season. There will be three new rides: a new Family Coaster in Music Box Way and a new Tea Cup and Family Swing flat rides rides in The Hollow. Hersheypark will also add a Chickie’s and Pete’s eatery as well as a new Frozen Yogurt stand as well.
2015 - New Attraction - Rumor - (7/17/14)
Screamscape has bee informed by Hersheypark that they will announce their 2015 attraction on August 12th. In the meantime they have also released a series of teaser images through social media channels and have launched a teaser site as well. So far the cartoon like graphics we’ve seen so far makes me think this will be a dark ride or dark coaster of some kind.
(7/15/14) While we still wait to hear more about what Hersheypark has planned for 2015, a reader talked briefly with the GM in the park the other day, and when they expressed concern about the possible removal of the Whip and Music Express, they were told not to worry. So either they are being left alone, or simply moved to a new location.
(7/10/14) Could the 2015 Hersheypark attraction be a new dark ride? Screamscape sources seems to believe that the park is planning to build a large building to house the new attraction that could either be a dark ride, or perhaps even an indoor roller coaster. Stay tuned!
(7/9/14) So what does Hersheypark have planned for 2015? According to All American Thrills a group were spotted walking around the Midway America area with blueprints which seemed to indicate that the Midway tent, some kiddie rides, the whip and music express may all be removed to make room for whatever is planned. (Note: I would think they would save The Whip, or at least move it elsewhere if they had to make room.) The park has also posted a teaser image to their Facebook page and promises that new clues about what is coming in 2015 will be added each Tuesday until August 12st, when they will make the big announcement.
Site Expansion Plans - (6/18/13) We’ve seen this talked about over the past few years and the latest plan for the needed road realignment behind the park, which will also allow Hersheypark to eventually expand over into the golf course site can be seen here.
(6/17/11) We’ve talked about this before on Screamscape, where a proposed moving of Park Blvd. behind the park would open up a huge section (31 acres) of land to allow for a massive expansion to Hersheypark over the next decade or more. Now Keystone Thrills has posted their own write up about it, followed by the local news doing their own write up about it as well.
(5/3/10) I’m glad to report that we were contacted by someone who claims to have worked on the plans for the rerouting of the roads behind Hersheypark who tells us that the Hersheypark Monorail was taken into consideration and the plans for the new roads were designed to go around it, so it will not be removed.
(5/2/10) I believe some of this may have been mentioned before but this article from March outlines some proposed road changes, relocations and an intersection removal all around the area of Hersheypark where the back section of the Monorail route goes, which is sure to have some kind of effect on the park. Specifically the bit about realigning the way Cocoa Ave. and Park. Ave connect, which you can see in the map would make the easiest way to do this to run the new road right down the same path that the monorail beam takes.
Previous rumors from last fall also mentioned a possible plan to move the western side of Park Blvd. so that it would travel through the golf course site instead, opening up that property for the next 100 years of happy expansion possibilities. Unfortunately the only really solid way to access this section of the park would be right through the current main entrance area, requiring a new main entrance area to be built elsewhere. The most likely idea could be to just simply move it over slightly to take up the location of the current backstage road and building(s) between the current entrance and the Arena, allowing them to keep on using most of the existing gift shops and amenities now in place in Tudor Square.
Keep in mind this is all very long term planning being rumored here… stuff that would probably take most of the next decade to see realized… if they opt to go that way. I was just thinking that perhaps some of this was a related trade-off… a bit of Quid Pro Quo if you will.
(9/11/09) Screamscape sources tell us that Hersheypark is looking into plans that would relocate Park Blvd on the south side of the park to take a new path through the old Country Club site. The old road will be removed allowing for Hersheypark to expand into the remainder of the property there over the years as needed.