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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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Hersheypark’s Boardwalk: The SEAquel

Have you heard the latest news?  Hersheypark is currently expanding their Boardwalk water area to accommodate two new water attractions.  They use an ingenious method to recycle old concrete from an attraction that had to be removed. ECTV-40’s Stephen Juliano has the story at the youtube link below.

Hersheypark’s Boardwalk: The SEAquel

Hersheypark’s Boardwalk: The SEAquel is scheduled to open May 23, 2009. For more information, visit www.hersheypark.com.

Saving Cash on Food During Your Next Hersheypark Trip

It’s the holiday season here in the Elizabethtown area!  Looking for a festive place to celebrate the season with your friends and family this year?  Well, Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is open through the end of December!

At just $9.95 admission, Hersheypark Christmas Candylane has many attractions to offer for kids of all ages– even the grown up ones.  Between all the rides and entertainment, there’s fun for everyone.

But what about when it comes time to buy food during your Candylane visit?  It may cost less than ten dollars to get in, but sometimes food and drink prices can more than double the admission price.

Local 21-year-old, David Uwanawich, is a frequent Hersheypark visitor.  On his most recent trip to Candylane, David helped we-town.com shed some light on the best and worst food prices in and around Hersheypark.

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So what’s the key to keeping money in your wallet as well as food in your belly?  The answer is simple: take a short trip outside Hersheypark.  Less than a minute from the park, you can find a Red Robin, Wendy’s, and Turkey Hill all in a row on Park Avenue.  Being so close, it’s easy to stop by on your way to the park, on your way out, or even to leave the park for a little while and come back.

Before you even leave your house, you can find information on these places online:
Red Robin Website
Wendy’s Website
Turkey Hill Website

(And it’s not there yet, but look out: a Dunkin’ Donuts will be joining these establishments soon!)

David’s first focus on his trip was where to buy drinks.  Those vending machines throughout the park may be convenient, but are they really worth it?

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At less than $1.50 for the same drinks you could get in Hersheypark for nearly twice that, grabbing a drink from Turkey Hill could be hard to pass up.

But what about a meal to go with that drink?  When it came to dinner time, David focused on an old standard of a cheeseburger and fries.

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“If you’re gonna buy an eight dollar burger, you can at least go get a good burger,” David said later of the Red Robin burger.  The combination of the gormet burger and Red Robin’s Bottomless Fries deal gives you a lot more for your money than buying a cheeseburger and fries in Hersheypark.

“But it’s always great to have Wendy’s available, because it’s nice that it’s cheaper,” David said.

So you’ve got a drink and you’ve eaten your dinner.  Isn’t it about time for your sweet tooth to be tingling?

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In addition to their original Frosty, Wendy’s also now offers Frosty Shakes, the Frosty Float, and the Twisted Frosty.  That gives you plenty of choices for a bit of a cheaper treat.

If you’re willing to take an extra step outside of HersheyPark, you can help give yourself, your family and friends a fun trip to Christmas Candylane without going broke at meal time.  Remember these tips and have a great holiday season!

Hersheypark Red Robin Wendy’s Turkey Hill
20 oz. Drink $2.83/$3.00 *depends on drink
*some have unlimited refills
*drink comes
w/ meal
Burger and Fries about $8.00 $8.49
*unlimited fries
*includes drink
Ice Cream Treat $4.00 sundae *assorted desserts $1.39 for small Frosty *assorted Turkey Hill ice creams

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Do you have any tips on the best prices for food in Hershey?  Want to share some of your Hersheypark meal purchasing experiences?  Leave a comment below!

Reported by: Sara Sandhaus, Elizabethtown College Senior