Well it’s time to cover the construction of a brand-new ride coming to Hersheypark. Laff Trakk will be a 50 foot-tall indoor spinning roller coaster with glow effects built by Maurer Söhne. The building housing the coaster will be 75 feet tall (almost as tall as Lightning Racer) and located where the Miniature Train, Granny Bugs, and Pony Parade are located.
Construction has started the day after Labor Day with the buildings and rides being removed, the paths being ripped up, and construction walls put up.
This small kiddie area was added in 1997 when the Ferris Wheel, and Whip were added. Miniature Train has been a ride that has been used seasonally for Christmas Candylane. Ganny Bugs came from Music Box Way and Pony Parade came from the Pioneer Frontier area.
The Midway Tent was added in 1999 as part of the Hersheypark Fair expansion.
Since then, it has been used as a catering area and entertainment venue through the years.
The building was also home to Tiger’s Tail and Crazy Climber; two inflatable attractions.
Construction immediately began right after Labor Day with land clearing.
The sides of the tent were removed and a job trailer were added inside.
A construction wall has gone up from the FunSlides to Whip.
The entrance to the FunSlides were moved to the former exit near Wildcat.
Much of the area was bulldozed and jack-hammered.
The path to the Midway Tent is still there for now.
Pony Parade’s footprint is broken up and ready to shipped off.
The sign has been added to the gate.
Here’s a panorama.
The removal of the trees opens up the area a little bit more.
The buildings have been relocated to Racer’s former queue to possibly be reused again next year.
The railings have also been placed over here as well.
As a temporary filler, Tiny Tracks has been brought out of storage and Granny Bugs have been moved to inside the Boardwalk until the end of Hersheypark in the Dark.
Utilizing the tube queue, Tiny Tracks is back and will be calling Coastline Plunge home for a few weeks.
It has a smaller layout than when it was in Founder’s Circle, but it should be a decent filler to take the place of Miniature Train.
On the plus side, it opens up the hill-less shortcut to get to Lightning Racer through the Boardwalk.
Granny Bugs is over between Sandcastle Cove and Bayside Pier set up like it would be for Christmas Candylane. The path is closed off here so walking over to Rita’s is out of thee question.
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