Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
General Resort News - (4/19/18) Good news regarding the Hershey Tower ride operations. According to a reader the tower was running the standard "Combo" mode on opening weekend for the season, but sources tell me that due to a temporary issue, the tower is running in the current modified "Space Shot" mode. This is only temporary and it will return to normal in the future.
(4/17/18) A Screamscape readers dropped into Hersheypark over the weekend to see how things were shaping up for the 2018 season, but unfortunately discovered a couple of changes that they were not happy with.
For starters, they tell us that to further accommodate guests buying the upcharge Fast Track passes, they have reconfigured many of the queues for attractions, so you'll have to pay attention when riding. One particular change did not sit well with the reader however was done to the Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge dark ride where the former Single Rider line has been removed entirely and repurposed as a new Fast Track pass queue line.
The other change they noticed was in the operation mode of the Hershey tower, the tallest of the three Hershey Triple Tower rides. Formerly the S&S made tower would run in Combo mode, which involved a Space Shot style blast-off from the bottom, which then turns into a slow climb to the top for a Tumbo Drop style blast back down, faster than gravity, return to Earth. Maybe it was just running weird this day, but the Hershey tower was not only running in Space Shot only mode (launch up) and then bouncing back down and ending the ride sequence in about half the time of the Combo ride experience.
No word on yet on if this is a permanent change for the season or just the way they were running it on this one particular day. Anyone know more?
(7/7/17) Those who were at Hersheypark for the big fireworks show got a little more of a show than what Hersheypark had planned. The fireworks show sparked a blaze in the brush of a nearby hillside about 15 minutes into the show. While the fire was quickly controlled put out by local firefighters it still made for some dramatic images on social media.
2018 - Boardwalk Expansion - Confirmed - (8/9/17) Hersheypark has confirmed the addition of two major new attractions coming to The Boardwalk for the 2018 season. As I suspected from the clues, one will be a HydroMagnetic water coaster slide called Breakers Edge that will actually be the first HydroMagnetic one to also have the Flying Saucer Turns. The second attraction will be a unique six-lane KrakenRacer style slide called Whitecap Racers. This wont be a regular mat racer slide by any means, as it will be the longest mat racing slide in the world that will start off like a KrakenRacer through dark twisting tubes and into a series of speed hills, but then you will enter another set of unique tunnels for your final race to the bottom and finish line. Check out the videos below and look for these to open for Memorial Day Weekend 2018.
2019/2020 - Park Expansion / New Land - Rumor - (4/19/18) Screamscape sources tell us that we will have to wait until 2020 for Hersheypark to add their next big coaster, which should also arrive along with a new park entrance as part of a major park expansion project.
(5/14/17) So what's going on at Hersheypark for 2018 is the big question as new survey flag markers have been spotted in the grassy area "where the old pool was, near the park entrance plaza" as well as on the other side of the old section of Park Blvd. Is it time for the park to add a new coaster for 2018?
(2/22/18) So you may be wondering to yourself… just what is going on with Hersheypark? I mean… besides the huge new waterpark addition they are building for 2018. Lets talk about the future of Hersheypark and what is to come, as it isn’t often that a park gets the opportunity to absorb a huge new tract of land into itself, providing room for countless expansions over the years to come.
AmusementParkives has posted a perfect article about just this, looking into two new projects the park is working on: one that will see upgrades and improvements made to the park entrance area and another one listed on the records as ‘Attraction 2020’. There is a lot that could be going on between now and 2020, but if I was a betting man… I’d say that the park will be overdue for a major new coaster by 2020 for sure. The last new coaster was the indoor family coaster, Laff Trakk, which opened in 2015, and the last huge thriller was Skyrush built in 2012. So with this in mind, a new coaster would seem likely for 2019 or 2020. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Time-wise, they could be due for something new it seems, as the last new coaster was the indoor Laff Trakk mouse coaster in 2015, and before that SkyRush opened in 2012, Fahrenheit in 2008 and Storm Runner in 2004. So they seem to average a new coaster ever 3-4 seasons as of late, so 2018 is possible, but so is 2019. But what could it be?
According to our first rumor, 2018 is the date being whispered around for the park's next new large attraction or expansion, comes with an odd caveat that not everyone may like what they announce when they do it. Strange... as this seems to imply that the 2018 wont be the coaster everyone is ready for, so be prepared to wait until 2019 for that one.
It is also nice to see that it looks like they will be taking advantage of the new land added to the park to the right of the entrance by the moving of Park Blvd, which gives them an open slate and no need to remove anything to make room. Another possible rumor or two seems to indicate that what may be built over there could be the beginning of a new themed land for the park, complete with an assortment of smaller rides, some new and some possibly moved in from other areas of the park.
This sounds a bit more logical with the rumors presented so far, and would serve as the setup to link the park to the new property, setting up things for a new coaster to come as early as 2019.
(5/25/16) That new road project planned to go around the backside of Hersheypark is under way it seems and according to one source, they hope to have it done by the end of the year. It doesn't show much, but I’ve seen a few photos so far to confirm that work is under way.
(2/15/16) A plan to relocate the road that run behind Hersheypark and run between it and the old golf-course they bought has been in the works for a number of years now, but it looks like things are moving forward at last, with a vote from the county approved to hire an engineering firm to perform the final design work on the $8.5 million new road.