Hersheypark 1996 Brochure

Congrats, you made it through yet another snowy and cold off-season and it is now time to start thinking about summer! While I will be busy this weekend, I won’t be able to provide an opening day trip report for Hersheypark. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t have anything to share for this weekend. Switchback Saturday anyone?

Let’s travel back to the year 1996 when the Spice Girls were slowly starting to climb the music charts, everyone was doing the Macarena, and Hersheypark opened their fifth roller coaster called Wildcat. With a height of 90 feet and being the first coaster built by the now-famous Great Coasters International, visitors were urged to “Test Drive the Wildcat”.

1996 was also the park's 90th season (the following year was the 90th anniversary.

1996 was also the park’s 90th season (the following year was the 90th anniversary.

The photo of Comet and Sooperdooperlooper shows no Great Bear and the dolphins are still in the Aquatheatre.

The photo of Comet and Sooperdooperlooper shows no Great Bear and the dolphins are still in the Aquatheatre.

A website address is now listed in the brochures. The Wayback Machine does have an archive of this webpage, but the earliest entry is from 1999: http://web.archive.org/web/19990203205509/http://www.800hershey.com/index.html

A website address is now listed in the brochures. The Wayback Machine does have an archive of this webpage, but the earliest entry is from 1999: Here

The other half of the brochure talks about other attractions around town and Milton Hershey's legacy.

The other half of the brochure talks about other attractions around town and Milton Hershey’s legacy.

$26.45 for general admission. Also, instead of all the rides opening at park opening, back then, rides opened a half hour after the main gate opened.

$26.45 for general admission. Also, instead of all the rides opening at park opening, back then, rides opened a half hour after the main gate opened.

Looks like The Hershey Lodge wasn't expanded quite yet.

Looks like The Hershey Lodge wasn’t expanded quite yet.

Looking ahead to next week, I will be headed east to Six Flags Great Adventure to check out Zoomanjaro and the former location of Rolling Thunder. Then I will be going up north to Knoebels to experience Flying Turns and check out the park.

Thanks for reading!

-Chris

Final Pre-Season Hersheypark Update April 10, 2014

In less than 48 hours from now, the 2014 theme park season will kick off in Pennsylvania. As the time counts down, testing is going on at a furious rate and this afternoon, it was quite evident. Kissing Tower, Skyrush, Comet, and Great Bear have been testing at a constant rate as well as a few numerous flat rides.

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In Tudor Square, the Ticketing Services building is finished and a queue line has been set up with one switch-back serving all the windows. Remember to get your tickets here instead of the Main Gate if you didn’t pre-purchase them.

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Cody tested out the line. Works well, no break downs as of yet. =)

Cody tested out the line. Works well, no break downs as of yet. =)

Just like on the former Group Sales building, it has an ATM.

Just like on the former Group Sales building, it has an ATM.

We kind of goofed around and took some photos of ourselves with the character figures.

We kind of goofed around and took some photos of ourselves with the character figures.

You're doing it wrong.

You’re doing it wrong.

Keeping the balance. =)

Keeping the balance. =)

So who is photo-bombing who?

Who is trying to photo-bomb who?

Peeking into Hersheypark Memories, the merchandise has been set up and it looks like there some new offerings for this season.

New 2014 pins and keychains below them.

New 2014 pins and key chains below them.

$24.95 for all three characters.

$24.99 for all three characters.

The souvenir selection this year seems colorful.

The souvenir selection this year seems colorful.

One thing that I’ve noticed, but didn’t snap a photo because of driving, is that Lightning Racer will feature a new kind of lapbar that has been used on a couple of the newer GCI coasters. These conform more to the shape of the rider with the bottom portion of the bar being curved.

Other than the sign in front of the Main Gate being different, the rest of Tudor Square is pretty much the same.

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Woo hoo.

Woo hoo.

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I unfortunately won’t be able to get an opening day trip report this weekend as I will be quite busy. To make up for it, I’ll post something interesting on Saturday for you guys!

Thanks for reading!

-Chris

Springtime Hersheypark Update April 4, 2014

Spring is in the air and with almost exactly one week left until opening at Hersheypark, things are starting to come together. Rides are testing, finishing touches are being added and a lot of spring cleaning is going on. Here is a list on the happenings:

-Skyrush’s motor is being pressure-washed and one train is sitting inside the station.

-Much of the construction equipment is starting to leave Tudor Square.

- New directional signage has already gone up and if you didn’t see my post on Facebook earlier this week, Music Box Way and Founder’s Circle will be merged together to create Founder’s Way and Minetown will now be called Kissing Tower Hill with the food venues being called The Overlook Food Court.

-Similar to what Skyrush has, a ride photo camera support has been erected in between Sooperdooperlooper’s first drop and immediately right after Great Bear’s corkscrew. I don’t want to assume anything yet, but I’m guessing that it could either be just for Great Bear or there could be one camera for Great Bear and one for Sooperdooperlooper. Judging from how the brackets look like they are positioned, there’s a good possibility for the latter.

-A small building with a dark greenish-brown roof has gone up just next to Wave Swinger’s exit. Given the number of things going on in The Hollow at the moment, it could be a number of things. Again, not going to assume, but it could be a new game since the older games building was taken out, photo booth for Looper if that camera tower possibility does pan out, or it could be something completely different from those.

-Some testing has been going on around the park. I could hear Dry Gulch’s whistle, saw the Monorail drive past, and Lightning Racer was dueling the other day.

I’ll try to get one more update in before opening day, but we’ll see.

Looking into the future, I am going to be doing a Six Flags Great Adventure trip in a few weeks, so I’ll get a Zoomanjaro construction update while I’m there!

-Chris

Lucky!

Lucky!

New pavement is currently going in along the tram path.

New pavement is currently going in along the tram path.

Tea Cup time?

Tea Cup time?

New directional signage is already up.

New directional signage is already up.

Logo design for Kissing Tower Hill.

Logo design for Kissing Tower Hill.

A camera tower has gone up in between Great Bear and Sooperdooperlooper.

A camera tower has gone up in between Great Bear and Sooperdooperlooper.

Top  camera bracket.

Top camera bracket.

Bottom camera bracket.

Bottom camera bracket.

This little building has gone up recently.

This little building has gone up recently.

Whatever it could be used for, it probably will be very handy to have.

Whatever it could be used for, it probably will be very handy to have.

The Monorail along with several other rides were testing.

The Monorail along with several other rides were testing.

One of Skyrush's trains is currently sitting in the station.

One of Skyrush’s trains is currently sitting in the station.

Done. Registers have already been mostly installed.

Done. Registers have already been mostly installed.

The sponsors list has been moved to a more visible location on the main path to the entrance.

The sponsors list has been moved to a more visible location on the main path to the entrance.

The entrance is starting to look more colorful again.

The entrance is starting to look more colorful again.

The character statues are back out and ready for a new season.

The character statues are back out and ready for a new season.

Looks like it is going to be a great season for the park.

Looks like it is going to be a great season for the park.

Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading!

Throwback Thursday: Hersheypark 1980 Map/Brochure

Here is a pretty interesting find and something that I’ve been itching to share. I always find theme park history to be quite interesting as they usually are ever-changing with something being added just about every year. Park maps and other souvenirs act somewhat as preservers of those times and what I have for this Throwback Thursday is especially that.

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1980 was a year that brought two new attractions to Hersheypark: Pirat(e) and Cyclops as well as the Sooperdooperlooper celebrating it’s third birthday. The park only had three roller coasters in all, went no farther back than the Dry Gulch Railroad (which only was half the size of what it was today), and featured a petting zoo on top of ZooAmerica, which has already been open for two years since this time. This map doesn’t go into great detail on every single attraction, building, or ride, but it kind of gave the guest the idea of the layout.

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Quite a few resident shows happening back in 1980. Sea lions AND Dolphins called the Aquatheatre home back then. Dolphins ceased being used in the early to mid. 2000s. Dance, Dance, Dance was a show that was a tradition and continued on for quite a bit. The Hound Dog Jamboree was show that featured animatronic dogs playing some country music. Lastly, the Fest Haus (where Minetown Restaurant is today) seems to have featured some classic Pa Dutch folk-dancing. The park didn’t really seem to have a Summer Concert Series, but the did have a few special shows in May such as the band Pentagon, which is actually scheduled to play at the park on Sunday, May 18th!

By the length of the schedule, the season for the park is much shorter than what it is currently as there is no Springtime, Halloween or Christmas event; Only the summer season from May 10th to September 28th.

A list of five restaurants in the park along with their food specialties is also given. Some of the offerings seem pretty good (especially the Fest Haus and Dutch Restaurant)!

I hope to do more of these Throwback brochures in the future as they are quite interesting to do!

-Chris

A Taste of Spring: Hersheypark, Zoo, and Chocolate World Off-Season Update 3/8/14

Been awhile since the last update, but to make up for it my friend Matt, who came up from Maryland, and I decided to check out Chocolate World, walk up to ZooAmerica, walk around the rest of the perimeter of the park back to Chocolate World. The warm weather offered a small taste of spring, but we still have a few weeks left in the off-season until the park opens. Here is a summary on what we saw:

Chocolate World:

-Much of the former queue line is torn up, but it looks like the new entrance and exit are starting to come together.

Hersheypark:

- The Ticketing building in Tram Circle is progressing. There are stacks of bricks sitting next to the construction area.

- Tudor Square’s restroom building is still being worked on.

- The older Hollow Games building is gone.

- Coal Cracker’s 2nd lift is the rehab section of the year.

- One of the Monorail’s trains is parked next to the ride’s storage building with a new paint job. No deals are visible on the exterior of the train.

- Parts of the old Six Flags Magic Mountain Metro trains are sitting in the area between Roller Soaker’s station and the fence.

ZooAmerica: (I haven’t been here for a few months so some of the improvements may not be recent, but they are more or less a year new).

- A cottonmouth snake is now on display in the Southern Swamps building.

- The prairie dogs are now out and had to contend to a squirrel trying to eat their food.

- A Black-billed magpie exhibit has been built near the elk and Watering Hole.

- Buddy, the pronghorn, who has arrived at the zoo a few months ago, is located in the former bison enclosure and seems to be pretty sociable.

Walls are starting to go up next to the entrance ramp.

Walls are starting to go up next to the entrance ramp.

The flooring tiles on the entrance stairs have been ripped up.

The flooring tiles on the entrance stairs have been ripped up.

As of right now, this room and the space at the top of the stairs to the ride form an L-shape.

As of right now, this room and the space at the top of the stairs to the ride form an L-shape.

The area at the top of the ride stairs now has walls.

The area at the top of the ride stairs now has walls.

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There is an opening at the top of the entrance stairs going to the top of the former exit.

There is an opening at the top of the entrance stairs going to the top of the former exit.

Looks like things are progressing nicely. I am betting that the new retail area is in the far background, the possible new entrance ramp fro the ride in the center, and the new exit in the foreground.

Looks like things are progressing nicely. I am betting that the new retail area is in the far background, the possible new entrance ramp from the ride in the center, and the new exit in the foreground.

Nothing really new to see here, moving on.

Nothing really new to see here, moving on.

Naked Intamin Skyrush  trains: we need a censor bar on this somewhere.

Naked Intamin Skyrush trains: we need a censor bar on this somewhere.

The Hollow Games building is gone and ready for concrete and the two new rides.

The Hollow Games building is gone and ready for concrete and the two new rides.

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Coal Cracker rehab is progressing nicely.

Coal Cracker rehab is progressing nicely.

Here is a close-up of the top of the Kissing Tower.

Here is a close-up of the top of the Kissing Tower.

The tunnel under Park Blvd. is open, but people still seem to want to cross the road instead of using it.

The tunnel under Park Blvd. is open, but people still seem to want to cross the road instead of using it.

The cottonmouth exhibit.

The cottonmouth exhibit.

The bobcats are tuckered out.

The bobcats are tuckered out.

Same with the otters.

Same with the otters.

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The prairie dogs are out and have to deal with a visitor.

The prairie dogs are out and have to deal with a visitor.

They aren't too thrilled with the squirrel.

They aren’t too thrilled with the squirrel.

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A black-billed magpie exhibit has shown up near the Elk.

A black-billed magpie exhibit has shown up near the Elk.

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There is Buddy, the pronghorn.

There is Buddy, the pronghorn.

The Monorail is looking bright in it's new paintjob.

The Monorail is looking bright in it’s new paintjob.

On our walk back to Chocolate World, we walked up Trinidad Ave.

On our walk back to Chocolate World, we walked up Trinidad Ave.

Looks nice and spiffy.

Looks nice and spiffy.

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Walking farther down Park Blvd. we could see the former Magic Mountain monorail trains sitting in front of Roller Soaker's station.

Walking farther down Park Blvd. we could see the former Magic Mountain monorail trains sitting in front of Roller Soaker’s station.

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The red and yellow trains were here, but I didn't see the blue train.

The red and yellow trains were here, but I didn’t see the blue train.

A few sections of Lightning Racer have been re-tracked.

A few sections of Lightning Racer have been re-tracked.

About one more month until it opens for it 14th season (it feels like it didn't open too long ago!).

About one more month until it opens for it 14th season (it feels like it didn’t open too long ago!).

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About one more month to go until the end of the off-season (hopefully we don't get anymore snow!).

About one more month to go until the end of the off-season (hopefully we don’t get anymore snow!).

From the former Hershey Museum patio, it looks like work in Tudor Square is progressing.

From the former Hershey Museum patio, it looks like work in Tudor Square is progressing.

Here's something we discovered walking back to Chocolate World: Did you know that there are a line of one-time-use lockers on the path leading to the Season Pass Office? They cost $2 and only take quarters.

Here’s something we discovered walking back to Chocolate World: Did you know that there are a line of one-time-use lockers on the path leading to the Season Pass Office? They cost $2 and only take quarters.

That’s it for the update. I’ll probably do one or two more before the season-opener trip report. As for the website, I am making some good progress on constructing it as I am already up to approximately 20 photo galleries for parks such as Hersheypark, Knoebels, and Dorney Park with more to come. The Skyrush construction updates will not be included at this point, but don’t worry, I have something special planned for them!

Thanks for reading!

-Chris

Hershey in the Snow and Chocolate World Construction 2/6/14

Quite a few things popped up over at Chocolate World this past week despite a few snowstorms. Other than Chocolate-Covered February (which runs from now until February 28th), concept artwork has shown up giving us a picture on how everything will look, also it seems that much of the old entrance ramp has been gutted and work seems to be occurring on the other side of the Tour Ride queue behind the shipping containers.

You can check out this update in Vine-form by checking out the link below:

KT Vine Update 2/6/14

Work now seems to be occurring on the entrance side of the Tour Ride entrance ramp.

Work now seems to be occurring to the right side of the queue in the Tour Ride entrance.

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Some concept artwork has been put up in the hallway and lobby featuring what the renovations will look like when finished.

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In the background you can see the new entrance for the Chocolate Tour Ride, from what it seems. The theming appears to be something along the lines of a factory setting. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

Speaking of snow, Hershey has been hit with two pretty big snow and ice storms this past week, which made for a perfect opportunity to go out and get a few winter shots from Pat’s Hill (the hill that Hotel Hershey sits on).

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Thanks for reading!

Chocolate World, Chipotle, and Hersheypark Update: 1/31/14

Just as I mentioned on Sunday, the main entrance to Chocolate World’s Tour Ride was indeed closed off and re-routed. Elsewhere in the building, the T-Shirt/ Apparel area where KissWorks used to be has been relocated yet again to the Food Court where the Candy Cottage was. This has given the area between the Bake Shop and lobby  more room for people to walk between the areas. The video version of the Tour Ride was also moved here from its former spot behind the loading area.

The Construction wall within the lobby has been expanded across the Tour Ride entrance.

The Construction wall within the lobby has been expanded across the Tour Ride entrance.

At this point, it really gives you the sense that this is a pretty big undertaking.

At this point, it really gives you the sense that this is a pretty big undertaking.

Some utilitywork has gone up in the hallway.

Some utility-work has gone up in the hallway.

The Apparel area has been relocated to the Food Court.

The Apparel area has been relocated to the Food Court.

More walls have gone up over by the Bake Shop.

More walls have gone up over by the Bake Shop.

To get to the Tour Ride, you currently must go upstairs to the Dessert Studio...

To get to the Tour Ride, you currently must go upstairs to the Dessert Studio…

...wait in this switchback queue area (if there is a line).

…and wait in this switch-back queue area (if there is a line).

While waiting, you can take a look at the Create-Your-Own Candy Bar attraction.

While waiting, you can take a look at the Create-Your-Own Candy Bar attraction.

For those wondering what the Dessert Studio is, here is the menu for it. Ofcourse since the area is being used for something else, it isn't open right now.

For those wondering what the Dessert Studio is, here is the menu for it. Of course since the area is being used for something else, it isn’t open right now.

Next, you make a right through that door, enter a bland hallway, make a left, then re-connect with the former queue line.

Next, you make a right through that door, enter a bland hallway, make a left, then re-connect with the former queue line.

Looks like work on removing the former entrance is progressing.

Looks like work on removing the former entrance is progressing.

Upon exiting, you can view your ride photo on that tiny iPad (the area across from the Bake Shop is where you can buy them).

Upon exiting, you can view your ride photo on that tiny iPad (the area across from the Bake Shop is where you can buy them).

To exit, you just go back into that hallway, go down the stairs (don't forget you free sample!), make a right and exit next to the Bake Shop.

To exit, you just go back into that hallway, go down the stairs (don’t forget you free sample!), make a right and exit next to the Bake Shop.

If you don't feel like riding, don't worry. There's always Bench: The Ride!

If you don’t feel like riding, don’t worry. There’s always Bench: The Ride!

Over at Hersheypark, work still continues on the now confirmed Ticketing Services building going up in Tram Circle. Nothing really new to report about it, but as for the games building in The Hollow, it looks like workers are in the process of removing the roof and much of the side of the structure. Elsewhere in the park, a large crane is present by Great Bear, but that’s it.

Nothing really new happening with the ticketing building.

Nothing really new happening with the ticketing building.

Looks like some off-season rehab work.

Looks like some off-season rehab work.

Removal of the old games building looks to be half-done.

Removal of the old games building looks to be half-done.

Finally, it looks like work seems to be progressing to an end with the Chipotle Restaurant in town. There was quite a bit of talk about people saying that it would ruin the atmosphere of the town, but honestly, it looks just about the same as the Rite Aid a block down the street.

Chipotle is nearly finished. Shouldn't be too long until it is open.

Chipotle is nearly finished. Shouldn’t be too long until it is open.

Thanks for reading!

-Chris