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The Sweetest Place on Earth is getting a face-lift.

Changes are coming to Hersheypark’s entrance and some are larger than others. The first thing guests will notice when they arrive at Hershey this summer is the construction equipment and the new temporary entrance. This construction is making way for the newest installment coming to Hersheypark in summer 2020.

Chocolatetown Constructionv View from 108 CW Way
Chocolatetown Construction View from 108 CW Way. This photo was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

“We are incredibly excited to enter this next chapter in the rich history of Hersheypark. Hershey’s Chocolatetown will mark the true intersection where fun meets chocolate,” said John Lawn, president and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R). “Chocolatetown will be a place where chocolate-inspired attractions will transform the guest experience in new and engaging ways.”

Hershey's Chocolatetown Map
Map of the new Hershey’s Chocolatetown and the locations of the new establishments. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

Hershey’s Chocolatetown will add to the year-round fun that can be had while visiting the sweetest place on Earth. In this new expansion will be a new restaurant, bar and patio, ice cream parlor, confectionary kitchen and a Starbucks store. These establishments will be open all year and guests will not need a ticket to Hersheypark to enter them.

Chocolatetown Front Gate
Image of the new entrance coming to Hersheypark in summer 2020. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

There will also be a new Hersheypark merchandise store coming with Hershey’s Chocolatetown.

“The previous shops were smaller and specialized. This flagship 10,000-square-foot space will be open year-round and allow our guests to shop the largest collection of apparel, personalized souvenirs, toys, and more – exclusive to Hersheypark,” said Quinn Bryner, director of public relations strategy for Hersheypark and ZooAmerica.

Chocolatetown Retail
Image of the digital rendering of the new retail and restaurant establishment coming as part of Hershey’s Chocolatetown in summer 2020. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

With this investment of $150 million dollars also comes the addition of the largest kettle corn location at Hersheypark—and will be located outside the gate, so visitors can take home their favorite treat without needing to purchase a ticket.

Chocolatetown Kettle Corn Location
This is where the newest station for kettle corn will be in Hershey’s Chocolatetown. This image was originally published on the Hershey’s Chocolatetown website.

All of these new experiences are just what’s waiting for guests outside the gates! The entrance to Hersheypark, however, will not be in the place that it once was. It will be remodeled and moved closer to where Hershey’s Chocolate World stands today. This new entrance will feature lines for season pass holders and guests of the Official Resorts of Hersheypark to help smooth admission to the park.

Chocolatetown KISSES Fountain
Image of the digital rendering of what the Hershey’s KISSES fountain will look like. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

Once inside the park guests will see a new fountain in the iconic shape of a Hershey’s Kisses chocolate—this will also act as a new gathering place for the Hershey’s Characters. This fountain is not all that will be different about the new entrance. Hershey’s iconic Carrousel will be moved and become part of the Hershey’s Chocolatetown experience. This Carrousel—built in 1919 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and brought to Hersheypark in 1945—will be celebrating its 100th year in 2019.

Chocolatetown Carousel Location
Image of the digital rendering of where the Carousel will be, inside the park and near the new restaurant location. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

For thrill-seekers, there will also be a new coaster coming to Hersheypark in summer 2020. This will be the 15th coaster at the park and will be the “fastest, tallest, longest and sweetest” addition to the coaster collection.

15th Coaster at Hersheypark
Image of the digital rendering of the 15th coaster coming to Hersheypark summer 2020. This image is a still from the video published by the Hershey company.

“This will be a definitive project for Hersheypark, HE&R and our destination,” said Lawn. “Inspired by our visionary founder, we are so proud to be able to leverage our remarkable history and our shared iconic brand in creating a sense of place that you can only find in Hershey, Pa.”

Chocolatetown Aerial
Image of the digital rendering of an aerial view of Hershey’s Chocolatetown. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.

January 9, 2019, marked the groundbreaking for the newest expansion coming to Hersheypark, and construction will continue throughout 2019 and into 2020 to reach the deadline of opening for the 2020 Hersheypark season. Hersheypark will remain open during the construction and a temporary entrance will be constructed for guests to enter the park. In 2020 there will be an official grand opening for Hershey’s Chocolatetown.

Groundbreaking of Hershey's Chococlatetown Photo
Photo of the groundbreaking ceremony for the newest expansion coming to Hersheypark. This image was originally published on the Hershey company’s press release website.
In the photo (from left to right): Hershey’s Bar; Derry Township Supervisor Susan Cort; Derry Township Supervisor Matthew Weir; Derry Township Supervisor Richard Zmuda; Representative Tom Mehaffie; Milton Hershey School student Valerie Heydeman; Executive Director of The M.S. Hershey Foundation Don Papson; Hershey Entertainment & Resorts CEO John Lawn; Vice President, Hershey Experience, The Hershey Company Suzanne Jones; Milton Hershey School student Gavin Meyers; Senator John DiSanto; Derry Township Supervisor Justin Engle; Reese’s and Kiss.

“We are always focused on the future and offering more areas and attractions for our guests to enjoy. It’s essential for us to continue to reinvest in operations in order to stay competitive. And based on our guest feedback, we are thrilled to offer more attractions and chocolate-inspired experiences,” said Bryner.

Below is a virtual fly-through recreation of Hershey’s Chocolatetown. This video was originally published on the Hershey company’s YouTube account and can be found at the bottom of each press release pertaining to Hershey’s Chococlatetown.

All images and videos used in this publication were given permission for use and can be found on Hershey’s Latest Stories page, Hershey’s Chocolatetown website and within the press releases hyperlinked above.

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The Milton Hershey School Plans Centennial Celebration

A celebration is in the making!

In 1909, Milton Hershey and his wife started a school to house and teach children.  After passing many students through its gates and adjusting to the changes of the times, the Milton Hershey School will be celebrating its centennial.  With many projects currently underway, including the publishing of two children’s books by native author Carol Smalley, many are anticipating the year ahead.

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Reported by Jennifer L. Tarr

Red Robin and Wendy’s React to Decision for a Neighboring Dunkin’

Visitors to Hershey will soon have a new location to get their year-round Dunkin’ Donuts fix.

ChronicalLedgerNewsGroup.com reported last week that Derry Township’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve plans for a Dunkin’ Donuts to be built on Northeast Drive, adjacent to the Hershey Outlet Center.  The new 23-seat restaurant will join existing chain restaurant Red Robin and fast food chain Wendy’s at the site on the corner of Northeast Drive and Park Boulevard.

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Soon the Dunkin' Donuts logo will join these.

Adding a third chain to this small area could have both advantages and disadvantages.  The township is worried that this addition could increase traffic problems on the surrounding roads.  But what do Red Robin and Wendy’s think about the new neighbor moving in next door?

“We’re all really looking forward to it,” Red Robin Manager Sherry Whitman said.  She thinks that the new Dunkin’ Donuts could only help the burger chain’s business.

Whitman noted that since Dunkin’ Donuts is a different kind of restaurant than Red Robin and Wendy’s– more coffee and doughnuts than burgers and fries– it will only bring more people to the area.

“Maybe some of the people over there will decide they want a burger, too.” Whitman said.

Terry Kelpper, Assistant Manager of the neighboring Wendy’s agrees.

“That’s dessert instead of fast food,” he said.  “I don’t think it can hurt us.”

Wendy's is about to get a new neighbor.Another reason that Whitman is looking forward to the new restaurant is for the extra parking that can come with it.  The tiny parking lot can fill up fairly quickly at busy times, and she looks forward to expanding the area.

And more parking could bring more cars to the roads as well.  Just like the Township Supervisors, these restaurant managers had different opinions on the possible impacts on traffic.  While Kelpper feels it will definitely make a difference, Whitman disagrees.

“The traffic’s already a nightmare,” Whitman said.  “I don’t think a small Dunkin’ Donuts is going to change that.”

But no matter how much traffic patrons may have to sit through to get their doughnuts and coffee, it seems like it will be a good thing both for them and the neighboring establishments.  Whitman is eager to see the new Dunkin’ built to bring a more professional look to the site, as well as more jobs to the area.

Kelpper is excited for the change, too.

“And it’ll be great for everybody to get some more variety here.”

Reported By: Sara Sandhaus, Elizabethtown College Senior