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General Resort News - (11/17/14) Hersheypark’s chief ride designer, Kent Bachmann, passed away on October 20th, 2014 after a battle with MDS. According to one of our readers who had the pleasure to work with him,
“He was one of the most fun people I ever got to work with and dedicated his time to the park, the community, and the education of future designers through the ACE program in which he mentored high school juniors and seniors. It's because of him that we have rides like Great Bear, Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, and Skyrush. He worked tirelessly to make Hersheypark what it is today and his creativity and energy were what made the dense mess of coasters possible. He'll be missed, and its truly a loss for the park and the Central PA community at large.”
You can catch Kent appearing in the Discovery Channel – Engineering Thrills video embedded below around the 1:15 minute mark talking about the design of Fahrenheit at Hersheypark, as well as other sections of the video as they go around Hersheypark.
(6/2/14) The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival will take place from September 12-14, 2014 featuring a number of interactive offerings, special wines and brews, good food and much more. It will all fulminate at The Grand Tasting event on Sunday. Click here for al the official details.
(5/29/14) ThemeParkUniversity got a rare chance to go behind the scenes at Hershey’s Chocolate World. This included some unique looks at backstage areas of the Hershey’s Chocolate Tour ride as well as a look at the gear the digital puppeteers use in the Hershey’s Great Chocolate Factory Mystery attraction.
2015 - Laff Trakk - Confirmed - (12/16/14) A new Laff Trakk construction update has been posted to AllAmericanThrills this week, complete with new aerial drone-cam footage.
(12/12/14) We get a new look at the construction of Laff Trakk at Hersheypark this week, thanks to a new website by the name of ThemeParkFix. Take a look as the framework for the large structure that will enclose the ride is being put into place.
(11/12/14) The latest Laff Trakk construction pictures have been posted to AllAmericanThrills this week at the building walls start to go up.
(10/29/14) AllAmericaThrills is back with another construction site tour of Laff Trakk at Hersheypark.
(10/1/14) The latest Laff Trakk construction update can be found over at AllAmericanThrills this week (bottom of the page) and check out the video below.
(9/26/14) AllAmericanThrills has posted a new Laff Trakk construction update this week as the concrete is starting to be poured and new aerial drone footage from the site.
(9/18/14) The latest Laff Trakk construction update has been posted by All America Thrills.
(9/10/14) New aerial pictures over the Laff Trakk construction site has been posted to AllAmiercanThrills (scroll to the bottom) where you can see the two kiddie flat rides and the little train ride have been removed to make room for the new indoor coaster.
(9/4/14) AllAmericanThrills has posted their first Laff Trakk construction update, which includes some great aerial drone-cam footage of the ride’s future site.
(8/12/14) Hersheypark has confirmed their 2015 attraction as Laff Trakk, an indoor dark fun-house themed spinning “Glow Coaster”. It may even drive you mad to ride it, as I’m hearing it will have the infamous “Laughing Sal” audio track playing over and over while you ride it.
The coaster is actually a Maurer-Sohne creation, featuring their outward facing cars (7 of them), which will work better visually as I pointed out previously. However instead of hallways, think of this as looking more like Disney’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, with a bunch of larger than life 2D black-light cut-outs all around you inside one large dark room. Stats: 1,400 feet of track, aproximately a 70 second ride, 40mph and will accomidate 850 riders per hour. It will be located between the Whip and Midway Tent.