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General Resort News - (4/12/22) For anyone who’s visited Hersheypark so far this season, if you’ve been on Wildcat you may have noticed that many of the coaster’s footers have been given a blue marking. (You can actually see the marking in this video.) From what I’ve been told, this isn’t for some greater project, like an RMC conversion or anything, so let's end that rumor before it starts now. The markings are just said to be for the maintenance crew, likely pointing out which supports have been inspected and worked on, or marking them for future maintenance to take place throughout the season. Either way, nothing to get too excited about.
(4/10/22) The latest video from DisneyLoversHP showing off Hersheypark from opening day last weekend can be seen below. They look over some new merchandise in the parks, the reopening of the Kissing Tower which has been closed since late 2019, new LED lights on SooperDooperLooper, a look at StormRunner, as well as the new Jolly Rancher Remix construction site.
(3/17/22) Hersheypark has announced that the park will be going “cashless” starting April 2nd. In other words they will only accept payment through credit cards, debit cards, Hersheypark gift cards and mobile payment methods (Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay). The park will have some Cash-To-Card kiosks to convert your hard cash into pre-paid debit cards.
Hersheypark isn’t the only park going cashless as Cedar Fair tested the process out at select parks for the 2021 season and is moving all of their parks, including nearby Dorney Park, to be entirely cashless chainwide for the 2022 season.
(3/13/22) Hersheypark fans, a new video from DisneyLoversHP has been posted to YouTube, showing off the latest developments around Hersheypark for the spring, including some survey flags and markings spotted around the park for a possible future project.
(3/5/22) Hersheypark dropped an interesting hint on their IG account yesterday, claiming that the popular Hersheypark In The Dark event that takes place for the Halloween season “is about to get darker” and feature “all-new thrilling experiences”. This is a fascinating development as Hersheypark In The Dark has always been a purely family friendly Halloween event without offering any scare-zones or haunted house style experiences for older guests, but it sounds like this could be changing this year.
The timing is interesting as well, as we’ve seen a couple of Cedar Fair parks drop their Haunt events in favor of offering only a kid-friendly event, and there are rumors that a few select Six Flags parks may do the same. So the timing to launch a new haunt event at Hersheypark couldn’t have been better… if indeed, this is what Hersheypark is planning. We can dream, but until they announce and confirm the details, we’ll just have to wait patiently.
(10/29/21) In an update from Baynum Painting, the group shows off the fresh white coat of paint applied to The Comet at Hersheypark.
(10/6/21) A Screamscape reader visited the park and reports that the SooperDooperLooper is getting repainted. It was interesting to note that the vertical loop has been changed from blue to white, which is actually a return to the ride’s original color. In fact, based on a very old photo found online, the ride was not only all white, with some orange paint on the rails, but featured orange trains as well. So as we approach the 2022 season, SooperDooperLooper will be turning 45 and appears to be returning to its original color scheme.
2022 - Jolly Rancher ReMix and Mix’d - (5/15/22) A Screamscape reader sent in a picture taken at Hersheypark on Friday, as the construction walls around the new Mix’d ride had been removed, offering a good unobstructed view of the new ride seated in the cradle of the Jolly Rancher ReMix coaster’s boomerang element. Passholder previews on the new rides are set for next weekend and the grand opening set for the following weekend.
(5/6/22) According to Hersheypark, both the Jolly Rancher Remix coaster (formerly Sidewinder) and the new Mix’d flat ride (Zamperla NebulaZ) will both open to the public on Saturday, May 28th, following some passholder preview dates on May 20, 21 and 22).
(2/25/22) Hersheypark just surprised everyone this week with an unexpected announcement involving a new ride and the rethemeing of another ride. Both will be themed around the Jolly Rancher candy.
The unexpected news about adding a new ride this season comes in the former of an awesome looking Zamperla Nebulaz ride to be named “Mix’d Flavored by Jolly Rancher”, or simply Mix’d. If you’ve never seen this kind of ride in action, the motion is mesmerizing to watch as the numerous arms on the ride rise and fall, while turning around on a central post. Look for Mix’d to be placed right in the cradle of the boomerang element on the park’s former Sidewinder coaster.
And yes, I said “former”, because Sidewinder is getting repainted in right Jolly Rancher themed colors and will now be renamed as Jolly Rancher ReMix. There appears to be some other upgrades coming with the new ride experience because the description of the ride says, “Blast through the flavor tunnel, invert 6 times in 90 seconds, and jam to sweet tunes. The best part? Each ride is different!”
I’m not sure how the “sweet tunes” works but I’m guessing they have added an audio system placed along sections of the ride’s track. The “Flavor Tunnel” is also intriguing as a concept, as the official description describes the addition as, “Experience 5 randomized Jolly Rancher flavor rides like Watermelon or Green Apple complete with different music, lights, and more! What ride will be your favorite?” It’s the “more” part that has me really curious, as it is the flavor tunnel, and while you obviously aren’t going to eat anything while being shot through the tunnel, it would be a neat trick to blast the tunnel full of the scents for different Jolly Rancher flavors as you pass through.
I may be dreaming a bit high there, but either way the combo will make a fun and colorful Jolly Rancher themed area to the park for the 2022 season. The repaint on the Sidewinder is already in progress.