Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
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.
(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.
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 - Laff Trakk - Confirmed - (9/18/14) The latest Laff Trakk construction update has been posted by All America Thrills.
(9/10/14) New aerial pictures over the Laff Trakk construction site has been posted to AllAmiercanThrills (scroll to the bottom) where you can see the two kiddie flat rides and the little train ride have been removed to make room for the new indoor coaster.
(9/4/14) AllAmericanThrills has posted their first Laff Trakk construction update, which includes some great aerial drone-cam footage of the ride’s future site.
(8/12/14) Hersheypark has confirmed their 2015 attraction as Laff Trakk, an indoor dark fun-house themed spinning “Glow Coaster”. It may even drive you mad to ride it, as I’m hearing it will have the infamous “Laughing Sal” audio track playing over and over while you ride it.
The coaster is actually a Maurer-Sohne creation, featuring their outward facing cars (7 of them), which will work better visually as I pointed out previously. However instead of hallways, think of this as looking more like Disney’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, with a bunch of larger than life 2D black-light cut-outs all around you inside one large dark room. Stats: 1,400 feet of track, aproximately a 70 second ride, 40mph and will accomidate 850 riders per hour. It will be located between the Whip and Midway Tent.
(8/11/14) The latest rumor regarding Hersheypark’s new 2015 attraction is quite a doozy… and sounds absolutely wonderful in my opinion. My sources tell me it may be an indoor spinning coaster, possibly Gerstlauer, inside a building themed as a giant funhouse. We’re talking about a wonderful fun-house themed queue, and all sort of visual effects gags to see as you spin out of control on the coaster inside this giant funhouse. I love the idea… lets hope this rumor is right on the money. The only thing I might change about it would be to replace the Gerstlauer spinning coaster with a Mack Spinning Coaster. The outward facing trains would provider for a better fun-house visual experience I think.
(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.