Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
General Resort News - (12/22/14) Hershey’s Chocolate World has a new and interesting display now, showing off the world’s first public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit. It seems they have been hard and work on the technology to use 3D printers to print both chocolate and sugar is crazy new forms.
(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.
2015 - Laff Trakk - (3/2/15) Another construction video showing off the progress on Laff Trakk was posted by our friends at Coaster Crew this week. Unfortunately, as the building has been closed up while they install the coaster inside the building, there isn't a lot to see from the outside at this point.
(2/6/15) AllAmericanThrills has posted some new aerial drone-cam footage of the Laff Trakk construction site this week. Check it out along with a number of new still photos at the link.
(2/2/15) The latest new photos of the Laff Trakk construction site were posted to ThemeParkFix this week, showing off that the walls on three of the four sides of the building have been put into place now. So looks like all the coaster assembly will be done inside the mostly sealed up building and out of view.
(1/28/15) It may be winter, but that doesn't stop the Hersheypark Fan Club from visiting the park and posting a ton of off-season photos to their Facebook page from Hersheypark, ZooAmerica, Chocolate World and a peek at Laff Trakk.
(1/26/15) A nice up-close construction photo update of the Laff Trakk building progress has been posted to ThemeParkFix this week. For those wondering, there is still no sign of any track installed yet on the inside.
Special thanks to one of our readers for sending in their own pictures of the Laff Trakk construction site. As you can see there is quite a bit of track now on site at the park, and the walls are starting to go up on the ride building itself.
(1/16/15) Finally, the first pieces of track for Laff Trakk have arrived. You can see pictures of them being unloaded at AllAmericanThrills.
(1/13/15) The latest look at Hersheypark’s new Laff Trakk construction site comes from ThemeParkFix this week, who caught some pictures of the Red, White and Blue siding on the ground that will be used for the exterior of the coaster’s ride structure. Unfortunately, there still does not appear to be any track installed inside yet.
(1/5/15) More steel is going into place for the Laff Trakk building stucture in the latest photo update posted to AllAmericanThrills. I have to admit I'm a bit surprised they having put up the coaster track already inside the building before putting all those steel wall and roof beams into place. They're going to have to start putting up track before too long.
(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.