Laff Trakk Construction and Park Update: 3/26/15

With the building up and ride track installed, the next stage of theming being added to the building is starting to begin. The framework for what looks to be fake windows is starting to be added to the outside of Laff Trakk’s show building as well as some trim to the lower parts of the building. Catwalk and spiral stairwell pieces have shown up for the ride as well.

Elsewhere in the park, rides are slowly coming out of their winter slumber with Monorail, Skyrush, Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, Lightning Racer, Wildcat, Comet, and Trailblazer already testing. Wave Swinger and Ferris Wheel (it is missing it’s pinwheel lighting at the moment) look mostly put back together as well.

On a sidenote, it looks like Turnpike will be sharing their exit stairs as the Sportcars side seems to be missing with a railing going across from where it connected with the Antique side.

While searching around a little on the park’s website, it looks like there is some more info posted on the new menu items around the park. It is kind of hard to tell if the list is finished as Gourmet Grill, Country Grill, Pioneer Frontier Food Court, and just about all of Midway America is missing. There is a new location called Laff Trakk Beverage listed, which will sell  drinks, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, and pretzels.

Overlook Food Court will be receiving a big change in food offerings it seems for this season with nine different concession locations within the building. The original items such as hot dogs, burgers, and pizza will be offered, but what is new is the addition of wings, three new types of mac & cheese, penne pasta (alfredo and marinara), soups, several types of salads and wraps!

Up in Craftbarn Kitchen in Founder’s Way, some similar changes are also being made at this venue as well with breaded mushrooms, zucchini, and pickle spears being added to the offerings. Classic mac and cheese was also added to the list for this location as well.

Nothing too major, but Decades looks like it will be offering waffle fries for this season.

The Outpost has been listed, but it is not really known where it will be in the Pioneer Frontier area. The menu for this new location will be buffalo chicken pizza, buffalo chicken sandwich, cheese pizza, chicken tenders, grilled veggie sandwich, salads, sesame-free hummus, soft pretzel bites, southwest chicken sandwich, and turkey burger.

Newly listed on the 2015 section of the park’s website, there will be two new entertainment shows coming to the park: Dance, Dance – Encore in the Music Box Theatre and Rollin’ Down the River in the Country Grill. Two in-park redemption areas for Season Passes will also be introduced as well at Fun in the Sun in the Boardwalk and the Hersheypark Business Center in Kissing Tower Hill.

Time for the photos:

The Ferris Wheel is back up in Midway America.

The Ferris Wheel is back up in Midway America.

Laff Trakk is starting to slowly blend in with Midway America.

Laff Trakk is starting to slowly blend in with Midway America.

Here is a close-up of some of the trim that was just added.

Here is a close-up of some of the trim that was just added.

I wonder if anything will be added on this side?

I wonder if anything will be added on this side?

Railings, stairs, and catwalks have arrived and are waiting to be added.

Railings, stairs, and catwalks have arrived and are waiting to be added.

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Looks like this will be a maintenance access road to replaced the one that was near the Midway Tent.

Looks like this will be a maintenance access road to replaced the one that was near the Midway Tent.

Spiral stairs.

Spiral stairs.

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Turnpike will be sharing a set of exit stairs this year.

Turnpike will be sharing a set of exit stairs this year.

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Work up at Chocolate World is progressing.

Work up at Chocolate World is progressing.

Chocolate House near the entrance received a new roof a few weeks ago.

Chocolate House near the entrance received a new roof a few weeks ago.

Thanks for reading!

-Chris C.

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Chocolate World Construction Update: 5-6-14

With the summer season only days away from beginning, work over at Chocolate World appears to be slowly coming to a close. While the construction walls haven’t all come down yet, work on the other side of them seems to be just about finished.

Poor KitKat Andriod is now resting in the far corner of the Dessert Studio.

Poor KitKat Android is now resting in the far corner of the Dessert Studio.

The Dessert Studio still has the Tour Ride queue running through it, but once you enter the hallway, things change. Wooden floors have been added, the former rainforest area is now a level switchback queue area with brick walls and large windows overlooking the new retail area (that half is still blocked off).

The former fire exit hallway now has some new lighting and wooden flooring.

The former fire exit hallway now has some new lighting and wooden flooring.

Check out the spiffy new queue area! Looking sharp!

Check out the spiffy new queue area! Looking sharp!

Looks like there's not much left to do in the retail area.

Looks like there’s not much left to do in the retail area.

Here's a peek of the new entrance ramp.

Here’s a peek of the new entrance ramp.

The area across the hallway seems to be coming along nicely.

The area across the hallway seems to be coming along nicely.

Should be interesting to see what details will be added.

Should be interesting to see what details will be added.

Out with the old, crappy wooden railings from the 70's and in with the new, clean, metal ones.

Out with the old, crappy wooden railings from the 70’s and in with the new, clean, metal ones.

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A small section of the old mural is still there.

A small section of the old mural is still there.

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Many of the walls have been painted or are currently being painted and the only thing left from the original harbor mural are a few pelicans along a far-back wall.

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Can’t wait to see what details will be added to the queue as it already looks really nice so far.

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