Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
General Resort News - (5/16/16) According to a Tweet from Herhseypark, new soft chest-strap restraints were added to Storm Runner and Fahrenheit for this past weekend.
(2/12/16) I've been told that the trains on Storm Runner will feature a new soft over the shoulder strap system instead of the old hard OTS when it opens for the season. These will be similar to the restraints used on Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion and those added to Maverick at Cedar Point last year.
2016 - Hershey’s Chocolate World Dark Ride Renovation - (5/17/16) Front Seat Coasters has posted a POV video of the new version of the Hershey's Chocolate Tour dark ride inside Hershey's Chocolate World. Check it out below.
(5/5/16) The renovated Hershey Chocolate World dark ride opened this week to finally show off the new changes. You can see a video showing off some of the new upgrades by clicking here.
(3/14/16) A reader sent in some new pictures from Hershey's Chocolate World Factory Tour dark ride, showing off the refurbishments taking place as the ride is now open intermittently through the end of May when the project is scheduled to be complete.
(2/11/16) According to the local news and Hershey’s Chocolate World (next to the entrance of Hersheypark), the Hershey’s Chocolate Making Tour dark ride attraction is getting an upgrade this year. The fun dark ride experience there is currently closed until approximately Feb. 26th to perform upgrades and improvements to the ride experience. Even after the ride reopens, further improvements are planned to be added little by little between now and May, leading to an official ‘relaunch’ of the attraction just ahead of the busy Summer season.
Currently they will be working to replace the ride cars themselves, which have been in operation since the ride opened in 1972. The new cars will be themed after various Hershey brands (Hershey, Reece and Kiss) and will be loaded with new audio and video technology. The article also reports that more animatronic singing cows will be added to the attraction, and while some sections will remain mostly unchanged, the ride will feature a new finale scene.
2016 - (9/18/15) While nothing new has been announced for Hersheypark itself in 2016 yet, they did announce Hershey’s Water Works, an indoor wterpark area, was coming to the Hershey Lodge in Summer 2016. The water complex will feature a Zero Entry Pool, the Twizzlers Twist Slides, Reese’s Water Walk, water play structures and interactive elements and a splash pad.
Outside they will also add a new Recreation & Fitness Complex that will feature a Basketball Court, Har-Tru Tennis Court, a Mini Golf Course, a Fitness Center as well as various sports equipment and board games will also be available to use.
2017 - Hershey's Triple Towers - (8/3/16)
Hersheypark announced their new attraction plans for 2017 and it probably isn't quite what anyone was expecting. They are calling it Hershey's Triple Towers and the experience is made up of three S&S style tower rides, each with a different height and theme.
The shortest of the three towers will be the Kisses Tower, standing 80 feet tall, and able to hoist 12 rides at once. This is expected to be an S&S Double Shot style tower experience.
Next is the Reese's Tower standing 131 feet and able to hold 16 riders. This was announced to also be a Double Shot style ride experience.
The biggest is the Hershey's Tower that will stand 189 feet and carry 20 riders, and actually features S&S new round seating car. The experience on this ride will be the S&S Combo tower ride experience, able to perform both Space Shot and Turbo Drop modes.
The three new side-by-side towers will go on Kissing Tower Hill and take the place of Frog Hopper, Convoy and Red Baron. The first two displaced rides will be moved to the site of the Huss made Flying Falcon tower, which will be leaving the park for good. The Red Baron will be moved near the entrance to the Boardwalk.
Elsewhere in the park, they will add a Chik-Fil-A location sometime next year. Why? I'm not sure... because besides being popular food items, even the theme park installations are required to remain closed on Sundays just like the real restaurants, which always raises my eyebrow around the time of year when parks move to weekend only operations.
(7/4/16) Putting together some of the light clues given for Hersheypark's 2017 attraction along with some speculation, NewsPlusNotes believes that the park could be looking at adding a large drop tower ride of some kind, possibly re-purposing the park's existing Kissing Tower structure for it. What do you think? Personally, I’m inclined to agree as Hersheypark is about the only major theme park to not offer any kind of drop tower experience.
(7/2/16) Hersheypark continues to tease their new 2017 project, this time sending out candy filled invitations to a press conference set on August 2 at 11am called "Thrill on the Hill". The common thought is that by mentioning "The Hill" they could be referring to the hill in the park where the Kissing Tower currently is placed.
(6/26/16) Hersheypark posted a teaser to Twitter about a new attraction coming to the park for 2017. Since they are teasing us early in the season, this might be a good sign that the new attraction will be large… which of course brings your thoughts to adding a new coaster to the park. At this point i’ve heard very little about the park’s future plans, so stay tuned while I try to dig up more info.
Future Projects - (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.