At Hersheypark, Hershey’s founder Milton Hershey would have something sweet to enjoy beyond his own candy in 2018, as the amusement park adds several new attractions to its line-up.
The Breakers Edge Water Coaster and Whitecap Racer joined the line-up over Memorial Weekend, providing a big new adrenaline rush for guests. Breakers Edge Water Coaster is the world's first HydroMAGNETIC water coaster, and comes replete with flying saucer turns. It’s the14th coaster at Hersheypark. And the Whitecap Racer is billed as the world's longest mat racer. Located between the existing water attractions of Shoreline Sprayground and the Intercoastal Waterway lazy river, the rides offer guests a great new way to cool down and have fun this summer. The rides are located within The Boardwalk at Hersheypark.
Kevin Stumpf, general manager of attractions and entertainment for Hershey Entertainment & Resort says “Our guests always ask for coasters, water and family experiences...these attractions deliver on all three.”
The Breakers Edge Water Coaster’s flying saucer spins and smoothly rockets riders through splash-filled hills. The four-person inline rafts on which guests ride provides the feeling of being on a bobsled ride, while the ride’s signature linear induction motors power guests up and down hills and turns with ease. This one-minute water coaster ride is a fun-filled family attraction, and holds up to 600 guests per hour.
Whitecap Racer offers a different experience, as it takes guests up a thrilling 70-feet high, then allows them to race to the finish in six side-by-side tunnels all the way from top to bottom. Each rider speeds through two tight 360-degree loops. The experience features open racing lanes with low separators which allows racers to see and hear other racers - and challenge each other using a competition-enhancing racer timing system. An arena-sized leaderboard lets riders view current race standings, and the 6 color-coded racing lanes make the ride even more fun.
Both rides are manufactured by ProSlide Technology and are exciting yet definitely family-friendly, with a height requirement of what the park terms a “Reese's category and up” which is 42” and above.
The Boardwalk At Hersheypark waterpark opened for the amusement park’s centennial season in 2007, and features six water slides, a lazy river, wave pool and more than 600 interactive water features – 16 attractions in all. The two new attractions add fresh splashing action to the area, and Stumpf says they are among more than 70 rides available throughout the entire park, including the waterpark, during the 2018 season.
The waterpark is just one portion of Hersheypark Amusement Park, which includes ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and The Boardwalk At Hersheypark waterpark along with the amusement park itself. Attendance is up across the board and draws both local visitors and guests from around the world.
The park has come a long way since it was founded in 1907 as a picnic and pleasure grounds for Milton Hershey’s chocolate factory employees and town residents. It’s now 121 acres, and offers an inclusive one-price admission for all three sections of the park.
The first ride was added to the park in 1908 – an Allen Herschel carousel that was followed by the addition of a Miniature Railroad, a ride which remained in operation until the end of the 1971 season.
The park added its first roller coaster in 1923, which was replaced by the park's second wooden roller coaster, Comet, in 1946. Since then the park has added numerous coasters, including the first complete-circuit modern looping steel roller coaster on the East Coast, the SooperdooperLooper.
Today, each area of the park has a distinctive feel: The Boardwalk at Hersheypark waterpark offers unique water attractions and private rental cabanas for relaxing water fun. ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is an 11-acre, walk-through zoo that houses over 200 animals and 60 species. At the amusement park, along with rides, games, and dining options, park visitors enjoy live entertainment and shopping. Another unique aspect of Hersheypark is its proximity to the adjacent Hershey’s Chocolate World, which serves as a visitor’s center that includes a chocolate factory tour ride, shops, and restaurants. And of course, chocolate.
The amusement park operates from April through September, while the Boardwalk at Hersheypark is open May 26 through September 3rd this year. Zoo America is open year-round. This year, the park is offering a major ticket promotion, Play like a Kid, Pay Like a Kid. Through June 30th, visitors are invited to purchase Hersheypark ride tickets online for the price of children’s tickets. The tickets are valid throughout the season.
Along with the new rides, Hersheypark also offers some new dining options, such as the Sunkissed Beach BBQ Truck, that offers slow-cooked BBQ at The Boardwalk At Hersheypark. Another new food truck is debuting this June, The Smiling Taco-ria Food Truck that offers tacos inspired by a beachfront taqueria. There’s a fun new beverage being served up, too: the Lemon Berry Wave combines sweet berries with lemonade.
New entertainment options also abound, such as The Good Time, at the Dietz & Watson Country Grill at Miss Dolly’s Diner, through August 25th. Also through August is the strolling Cocoa Rhythm six-piece drumline. And there’s a fresh new show at the Chevrolet Music Box Theatre, Once Upon a Time, with a variety of favorite storybook characters playing out a new multi-verse storyline. At the Aquatheatre, a brand new production that’s entertaining and educating park-goers through September 30th is Our Friends from the Sea, featuring sea lions and harbor seals. Ending in August is the Ed-Zoo-Cation juggling and comedy team with an eco-theme at the ZooAmerica Stage.
With all of these attractions and rides available at what is essentially three theme parks in one, many guests take advantage of the Hersheypark All Season Pass for $170. It also includes free parking. Regular day tickets are regularly $66.95 this season; the promotional kids’ price good for guests of all ages - through June 30th - is $44.95.