List of former Hersheypark attractions

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Mill Chute operated from 1929-62, when it was re-themed as Lost River in 1963.

This is a list of rides, attractions, themes and named areas which no longer exist in Hersheypark.

Since Hersheypark opened in 1906 (operating as Hershey Park through 1970), the park has removed 44 adult rides, 19 kiddie rides, 5 roller coasters, and at least 19 attractions in the park's 108 year history.

The first ride the park removed was the first ride the park bought, a Herschell-Spillman carousel called the Merry-Go-Round. It was in the park from 1908 until 1912. The most recent ride the park removed was the Tiny Timbers, a kiddie log flume ride. It was in the park from 1989 until 2013.

The Lost River in 1970. In June 1972, the ride was destroyed in a flood.

Past roller coasters[edit]

Hersheypark has removed 5 roller coasters and cancelled 2 before they could be installed.

Ride Season opened Season closed Manufacturer Description Ref(s)
The Wild Cat 1923 1945 Philadelphia Toboggan Company Hersheypark's first roller coaster, owned by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and the land it sat on rented by Hershey Park to them. The station was located in Minetown where the three kiddie rides are located, and it's turnaround is where Trailblazer's station is located. It was often referred as "Giant Roller Coaster" in press materials, despite having an official name. [1][2]
Former name: The Joy Ride 1923 1934
Toboggan (#1) 1972 1977 Chance Morgan These were two (2) Chance Rides portable Toboggan coasters (but permanently installed), and were extremely compact steel coasters that started out by going up a vertical lift hill. The rides were two Chance Toboggan coasters right next to each other, which were located where the Mini Himalaya ride is now. [3]
Toboggan (#2)
Mini-Comet 1974 1978 B.A. Schiff & Associates An oval shaped, steel kiddie roller coaster. The train of the roller coaster is in a style and design by B.A. Schiff & Associates. The roller coaster track is also in the same style and design B.A. Schiff & Associates used on their kiddie coasters. [4][5][6][7]
Roller Soaker 2002 2012 Setpoint This was a heavily themed steel "water coaster" where riders would go around on a track and try to dump water on the people standing/walking below the ride. There were also water cannons on the ground for people to shoot up at the coaster cars as they went by. The ride was located initially in the Midway America section of the park, and after 2006, The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. [8]

Cancelled roller coasters[edit]

Ride Season intended
for opening
Manufacturer Description Ref(s)
Flying Turns 1942 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. Flying Turns was proposed in 1941 to be opened for the 1942 season, however, due to the United States entry into World War II, the ride was never built. [9][10]
Turbulence 2005 Interactive Rides Turbulence was cancelled in 2004 before ever being built for the 2005 season. A dispute arose between Hersheypark and the manufacturer over the price of the ride, and terms relating to when prints should have been given to the park. As a result, the project was cancelled and the ride was never built. [11]

Past thrill rides[edit]

Ride Season opened Season closed Manufacturer Description Ref(s)
Merry-Go-Round 1908 1912 Allan Herschell Company This was the first ride that was purchased for the park. It was a used Allan Herschell Company ride, and the first of three carrousels the park has purchased in its history. This ride was always referred as a merry-go-round, rather than a carousel. It was replaced just before the Fourth of July celebrations in 1912. [12][13]
Miniature Railroad 1910 1971 Ernest H. Miller A narrow-gauge railway, and was the second ride purchased for the park. It did not open until the very end of the season in 1910, due to construction delays, and operated through the 1971 season. The track was removed, and some was later reused for the expansion of the Dry Gulch Railroad. [14][15][16]
Carrousel 1912 1944 William H. Dentzel Co. This carousel was built by William H. Dentzel of Philadelphia. The Carousel had 52 animals and 2 chariots. The ride first opened on a platform overlooking Comet Hollow. In 1929, the carousel was moved into a new pavilion next to Spring Creek along Derry Road (as of 2012, Park Boulevard). The park placed the ride up for sale, and it was purchased by Meyer's Lake. Knott's Berry Farm purchased the ride from Meyer's Lake in 1956. They were under the impression the ride had been in storage for 17 years, though it was really 12. [13][19][20]
Skooter 1926 1931 Lusse Brothers This was the first bumper car ride the park had. It was located near where the current bumper cars, Fender Bender stands. It was replaced by the Auto Skooters, which was located in Comet Hollow. [21][22]
The Pretzel 1931 1963 Pretzel Ride Company An indoor dark ride, converted into the "Gold Nugget" in 1964. It was eventually converted into a shooting gallery. The building was torn down following the 1977 season and replaced with a new building that housed the Fender Bender bumper cars and a child's version (lower level) called the Auto Skooter. [22][23][24]
The Bug 1932 1981 Traver Engingeering Company A larger version of the still present Lady Bugs. Existed where Wave Swinger is today. [25]
Custer Car Ride 1936 1945 Custer Manufacturing Company An electric-powered car ride manufactured by the Custer Company. The ride was located where Comet is today, having been installed behind the funhouse Whoops. The ride was removed to make way for the addition of Comet. [26][27][28]
The Whip 1937 1976 Mangels Company A Mangels whip, it was located originally near the entrance to where the SooperDooperLooper is located today, and parallel to the loading/unloading station for the Electric Train. In 1973 it was moved to the area where Flying Falcon is currently located. It was replaced a few years later by a Himalaya ride in 1977. [28][29]
Auto Skooters 1938 1977 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. The second bumper cars ride the park had, it was located in Comet Hollow. The building still stands as the Hollow Famous Famiglia which serves pizza and other Italian food. Ice Cream and Skyrush Slush is also served at the building's side windows. [30]
Aerial Joy Ride 1941 1961 Norman Bartlett Bought from the New York's World Fair after it closed. It cost $25,000 (equal to $420,843 today). Replaced by Klaus AeroJets (now Starship America) in 1962. It was located where the Music Box Theater and Mr. B's Recording Studio is today. [31]
Cuddle Up 1947 1977 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. It is similar to the spinning tea cup rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, except that the whole platform remained stationary. The ride was replaced by a coal themed version of the same ride called the Coal Shaker. The ride was located where the Frog Hopper and Red Barron children's rides are today. The old Wildcat roller coaster station was originally located slightly behind this area where the Convoy children's ride is located today. [32][33]
Twin Ferris Wheels 1950 1974 Eli Bridge Company Two side-by-side Eli Bridge Company Ferris wheels which were 66 feet tall. The rides operated in Comet Hollow and was replaced by Himalaya. The space is currently the location of SooperdooperLooper's station. [34][17]
Turnpike 1960 1973 Streifthau Manufacturing Company The Turnpike was installed in Comet Hollow and ran in an area now filled by a portion of Storm Runner. The loading station was located across from the Carrousel pavilion, and crossed the creek in two different spots. The cars were Streco Turnpike Cruisers built by Streifthau. The ride was otherwise designed by the Hershey Estates, through the Hershey Lumber Products division. A number of cars were damaged in the 1972 flood, but the ride survived through the 1973 season; the bridges used for the Turnpike course are seen in photographs from 1974 being used as walking bridges for pedestrian use. [35][36]
Flying Coaster 1964 1972 Norman Bartlett A Norman Bartlett-designed ride. The last known operating model is at Kennywood. It operated in what is currently the Minetown section of the park, in what is now a midway. [37][38]
Golden Nugget 1964 1972 Outdoor Dimensional Display Co. Formerly The Pretzel, this was an indoor dark ride. It was converted into a shooting gallery beginning for the 1973 season, making it a game rather than a ride. The building was torn down following the 1977 season and replaced with a new building that housed a kiddie auto skooter and the Fender Bender bumper cars ride. [38][39][40]
Tip-Top 1966 1979 Frank Hrubetz & Company A sit-down spinning ride, it was first in Music Box Way in front of the Pretzel / Gold Nugget dark ride, and later moved to Comet Hollow near the current Amphitheater. The ride was removed following the 1980 season. [43]
Paratrooper 1967 1979 Frank Hrubetz & Company A paratrooper ride, where the Hersheypark Amphitheater stands today. [44]
Round Up 1968 1977 Frank Hrubetz & Company A stand-up, circular spinning ride, it was located in front of The Pretzel / Gold Nugget / Shooting Gallery in what is today Music Box Way. [45][46]
Giant Slide 1969 1972 Aero Mar Plastics A large slide, it was removed after the 1972 season. It was located where Hersheypark Amphitheater currently stands. [47][48]
Rotor 1970 1994 Chance Rides The Rotor was added in 1970. After it was removed in 1995, it was replaced by the Tilt-A-Whirl, which was moved from Carrousel Circle. That, in turn, was replaced in 2012 by Skyrush. [49][50]
Monster 1972 1983 Eyerly Aircraft Company A spinning Octopus style ride with sets of four spinning cars that were situated at the end of each "tentacle". It was replaced by Tilt-a-Whirl. [3]
Giant Wheel 1973 2004 Intamin AG An Intamin-supplied ride replaced by the relocated Balloon Flite and Starship America rides following the 2004 season. [51][52][53]
Sky Ride 1974 1992 Intamin AG Transported riders on 30 cars between Rhineland and Minetown, with over 1,268 feet between each station. The Rhineland station is now used for Central PA's Kosher Mart, and the Great Bear's station now exists where the Minetown station once stood. The ride now operates at Dreamworld Park in Thailand and is called Cable Car. [54][55]
Himalaya 1975 1989 Reverchon A Reverchon Himalaya. Originally located beside what is now the Hollow Famous Famiglia near where the Twin Ferris Wheels once were. The ride was moved in 1976 (due to the SooperdooperLooper station being built there for the 1977 season) and was rebuilt next to where the Flying Coaster ride once stood. [56][57]
Coal Shaker 1978 1989 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. "Cuddle up" ride with coal-themed cars. Stood where the Frog Hopper and Red Barron children's rides are today. This replaced the original Cuddle Up (1957) installation. [58]
The Flying Bobs 1978 1982 Allan Herschell Company Replaced the Toboggan. When it was removed, it was replaced by Balloon Flight. Mini-Himalaya currently occupies the same space. [58]
Rodeo 1978 2008 Chance Rides Originally named "Trabant". Rodeo was located at the present location of Tiny Timbers. Rodeo was moved to Pioneer Frontier in 1988 after removal of the Timber Rattler. Moved to Dutch Wonderland. Also spent time at Lake Compounce while that park was owned by the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company. [58]
Former name: Trabant 1978 1987
Cyclops 1980 2002 HUSS Maschinenfabrik A Huss Enterprise, replaced by The Claw following the 2002 season. The ride currently operates at a park in Canada. [59]
Conestoga 1984 2002 Arrow-Huss A Huss Rainbow, it operated in Pioneer Frontier. The park removed the ride following the 2002 season, and was replaced by the Frontier Virtual Theater. That was replaced by a ride, The Howler, in 2008. Hersheypark sold the ride to Lake Winnepesaukah. [60]
Timber Rattler 1984 1987 Schwarzkopf A Schwarzkopf Polyp ride. Replaced two years later by the relocation of the Rodeo. [60]
Frontier Meeting House 1987 1989 Arrow Dynamics Sharing the same building and the replacement for Cinemavision, the Frontier Meeting House was a special effect "turning room" attraction built in 1986 and operated during the 1987-1989 seasons before being scrapped and sold to an amusement park in China. The building is now known as the "Playdome Arcade." [61]
Chaos 1999 2005 Chance Rides A Chance Chaos in Midway America. Replaced with Coastline Plunge in 2007, though the ride was removed following the 2005 season. [62]

Past water rides[edit]

Ride Season opened Season closed Manufacturer Description Ref(s)
Shoot the Chute 1909 1923 Hershey Improvement Company This was a toboggan slide ride that was added to the original pool in the park. It was used through the 1923 season, when the slide was removed and replaced by a newer version. The slide stood 50 feet tall. [63]
Shoot-the-Chutes 1924 1928 Hershey Improvement Company This was the second toboggan slide for the park's original pool. The original's wood was in need of replacement so a new slide was constructed. [25]
Mill Chute 1929 1962 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. Early dark ride with a water splashdown, located alongside Spring Creek near the area of the Wave Swinger. The ride was redesigned in 1963 as "The Lost River," and while the ride was essentially the same with new theming, the park considered it a new ride. The ride was destroyed in 1972, a result of flooding from Tropical Storm Agnes. The park's Coal Cracker ride was designed with some similarities to the Mill Chute. [25][64]
Giant Toboggan Slide 1931 1941 Hershey Improvement Company This was a toboggan slide that replaced the original Shoot the Chute. When the original pool was closed, the toboggan slide was not replaced. The popularity of the old slide caused this version to be built in a small pool that was only accessible by walking through a tunnel underneath Hershey Park Ballroom (the ballroom was south of the 1929-71 pool). The slide was operated through the 1941 season, and did not reopen in 1942 due to America's entry into World War II. The slide remained standing but not operating (SBNO) until it was torn down in 1947. The pool for the slide was converted into a children's pool. [23][24][65]
Custer Paddle-About 1938 1945 Custer Specialty Company A paddleboat ride, it was manufactured by the Custer Company. It operated in Spring Creek in 1938, one of several different kinds of boat rides to be used in the creek. This boat ride was in use for several seasons, likely through the end of the 1945 season. [66]
Lucas Motor Boat Ride 1949 1971 Lucas Company This was a Lucas Company kiddie motor boat ride in a water trough. It was ordered in November 1948 from Harry Travers. It installed when Kiddieland was opened in 1949. Not definitively known when it was removed, however it was likely removed when Carrousel Circle was built following the 1971 season. [67][68][69]
Lost River 1963 1972 Outdoor Dimensional Display Co. In 1963, the Mill Chute was redesigned by Bill Tracy, of the Outdoor Dimensional Display Company, becoming the "Lost River," a jungle themed concept. While the ride itself was essentially unchanged, jungle theming was added to the ride. The park considered the Lost River a new ride. In 1972, flooding from Tropical Storm Agnes overwhelmed the banks of Spring Creek. The flood brought a large amount of mud into the station, tunnel and hill of the ride. The damage to the ride was too much to be repaired. The ride closed in June 1972. [70][25]
Paddleboats 1982 2006 Sun Dolphin An Additional Charge ride where riders paddled along Spring Creek. The ride was removed after the 2006 season. [71][72]
Canyon River Rapids 1987 2008 Intamin AG A river rafting ride that soaked guests with waterfalls. For years, Get The Picture Corporation sold videos of the ride for purchase after disembarking. It was the first ride video system in the world. However, in 2005 they switched to a two-picture system (upstream and downstream), and later sold only one photo of each raft. Canyon River Rapids was removed for the 2009 expansion of the Boardwalk, and many of its old boats now are used on the Raging Rapids ride at Kennywood. [73]
Western Chute-Out 1988 2007 New Wave Rides Originally named "Frontier Chute Out", this ride contained a pair of winding water-tubes (known as "Winding Rivers" - originally named "Slidewinder") and a pair of straight water-slides (known as "Straight Shooters" - originally named "Pistol Pete's Plunge"). In 1998, the original slides from New Wave Rides were removed and replaced with slides, from Proslide. After the 2007 season, the ride was removed to make way for Fahrenheit. [74]
Former name: Frontier Chute Out 1988 2000
Tiny Timbers 1989 2013 Venture Rides A miniature log flume kiddie ride in Music Box Way. Boats went around a trough, and went down a 7 foot hill at the end. [75][76]

Cancelled water rides[edit]

Ride Season intended
for opening
Manufacturer Description Ref(s)
Shoot-the-Chutes 1986 Intamin AG This was a 6 person boat shoot-the-chutes ride in a round raft that went through a winding course and up several lifts. The ride failed to receive necessary local approvals to be installed. As a result, this ride was canceled, and the Intamin river raft ride the park named Canyon River Rapids was installed in 1987. [77][78]

Past kiddie rides[edit]

Ride Season opened Season closed Manufacturer Description Ref(s)
Aeroplane Swing 1926 1960 Allan Herschell Company A kiddie airplane swing ride, it was one of the first kiddie rides the park purchased. It was in the park through at least the 1950 season. [79][80]
Ferris Wheel (1926) 1926 1960 Allan Herschell Company This operated near where the Skyview loading station is today. Installed as one of the first two kiddie rides in the park in 1926, it was removed following the 1960 season. It co-existed with a second kiddie ferris wheel for two seasons, which was installed in 1959. [81]
Sailboats 1929 1975 Allan Herschell Company This was the first of several kiddie boat rides the park operated, a covered boat carousel-like ride on a track. Located in Kiddieland, it was operated first approximately where Swing Thing is located today. In 1961, it was relocated to the spot where Ladybug operates today. Following the 1975 season, it was removed and replaced by Ladybug. [82][81]
Former name: Motor Boats 1929 1960
Automobile 1935 1975 Allan Herschell Company This was an automobile carousel kiddie ride with 10 cars, manufactured by Allan Herschell Company. The ride was removed following the 1975 season when the kiddie rides in the former Kiddieland area of the park, near where the Fender Bender is today, were reorganized. The ride sat in an area that is now a midway, next to where the Ladybug kiddie ride is today. [81]
Horse and Buggy 1949 1971 Allan Herschell Company A kiddie horse and buggy ride similar to the current Pony Parade at the park. It was ordered in November 1948 from Harry Travers. It was installed when Kiddieland was opened in 1949. [67][68][69]
Miniature Train 1952 2014 Miniature Train Corporation A miniature train ride that runs in an oval circuit. The ride existed in the park in two eras: in Kiddieland, next to Comet's station where the exit area is, until the park created Carrousel Circle and Der Deitschplatz following the 1971 season, and in the modern era of the park, through the 2014 season when it was removed to due to space needed for the roller coaster Laff Trakk. It will be reintroduced in a future season. [83]
First installation: 1952 1971
Candylane-only operation: 1983 1995
Second installation: 1996 2014
Kiddie Turnpike 1955 1967 B.A. Schiff & Associates A kiddie version of the Turnpike ride at the park, located in the Kiddieland area. Following the 1967 season, it was removed and replaced by a kiddie variety ride. [84][85][86]
Ferris Wheel (1959) 1959 1971 Allan Herschell Company This operated on the edge of the Ballfield in an area which would be the middle of the Midway connecting Carrousel circle to the ride area surrounding Fender Bender. It was removed as part of Phase I renovations following the 1971 season. The area was converted into Der Deitsch Platz. [81][87]
OutBoard Motor Boats 1962 1984 Hampton Rides This was a kiddie ride added to the Kiddieland area of the park. It was moved to the Minetown area of the park in the 1970s and was placed next to the Mini-Comet kiddie coaster. It remained in that location through the 1984 season. During the following off season, the OutBoard boats were removed from the ride and replaced by "Granny bugs" cars made by Venture Rides. The new Granny Bugs was placed adjacent to the Dry Gulch Railroad station, utilizing the motor and arms of the OutBoard Motor Boats. The area that the MotorBoats sat at was replaced by a food stand, currently called "Just Wing It". [88][89][90][91]
Wells Cargo 1964 2003 Mangles Company A kiddie Whip ride manufactured by Mangles, it operated in a variety of places in the park. It was initially near where the Sky View station is, then moved to out front of what was then the Ride Operations office. In 1985, it was relocated to the expanded Pioneer Frontier area. The ride was moved to Dutch Wonderland following the 2003 season and replaced by a food stand. [38]
Former name: Whipperoo 1966 1985
Former name: Kiddie Whip 1964 1965
Little Red Caboose 1970 Pennsylvania Railroad A little red caboose was purchased by the park and installed as a ride, costing 10 cents, in 1970. After the 1970 season, it was no longer considered a ride, and the ten cent cost removed. [92]
Earthmovers 1976 2002 Allan Herschell Company Originated as "Tiny Tanks" before being refurbished into a bulldozer ride in 1980. Replaced by the Mini Pirate. Moved to Dutch Wonderland. [25]
Former name: Tiny Tanks 1976 1979
Mini-Skooters 1978 1995 Lusse Brothers Kiddie bumper cars. Replaced with Rolling Rovers when it moved under the Fender Bender. [58]
Former name: Auto-Skooters 1978 1980
Pony Parade 1979 2014 W.F. Mangles Company An antique horse buggy ride, it was first installed in Trailblazer Hollow in 1979. It was relocated to Midway America in 1996. It was removed from Midway America in September 2014, and will likely be reinstalled in 2015. [93]
Former name: Pony Carts 1979 1984
Moonwalk 1996 2007 Wapello This was an air-filled blow up moon bounce ride. The park purchased the ride in 1996, and later placed it in the Midway Fair Tent, when the park added Crazy Climber and Tiger's Tail. The ride was listed on the 2002 and 2003 park maps when the Fair Tent was re-themed as the Midway Clubhouse & Café. After the 2003 season, the ride was only used during Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane event, inside the Overlook Arcade, re-themed for Candylane as Santa's Castle. [94]
Crazy Climber 2000 2005 PlaySmart, Inc. This was a jungle gym rope climbing ride. This was located inside the Midway Fair Tent, along with Tiger's Tail and Moonwalk two air-filled blow up rides. The ride was listed on the 2002 and 2003 park maps when the Fair Tent was re-themed as the Midway Clubhouse & Café. Crazy Climber was removed following the 2005 season. [94]
Tiger's Tail 2000 2007 Leisure Activities This was an inflatable crawl-through ride. This was located inside the Midway Fair Tent, along with Moonwalk and Crazy Climber. The ride was listed on the 2002 and 2003 park maps when the Fair Tent was re-themed as the Midway Clubhouse & Café. After the 2003 season, it was used during Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane event, along with Moonwalk, inside Santa's Castle (a re-theming of the Overlook Arcade during Christmas Candylane). [94]

Past funhouses[edit]

Ride Season opened Season closed Manufacturer Description Ref(s)
Whoops! 1930 1945 James A. Fields Whoops was the park's first funhouse. It didn't gain the Whoops name until a renovation in 1938. It was torn down in 1945 to allow more room for the addition of the Comet. [95]
Former name: Funhouse 1930 1937
Laughland 1938 1965 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. This was the park's second of three funhouses. When it first opened, it was named Death Valley Funhouse. It was converted to "Laugh Land" just two years later, in 1940. The building was demolished in 1965, following that season. [30][96]
Former name: Death Valley 1938 1939
Funland 1946 1972 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. Funland opened in 1946, replacing the first funhouse, Whoops. It operated until 1972, when it was replaced by the Whipperoo which moved from Comet Hollow. The area where the building once stood is approximately where the ride Flying Falcon stands (the southern end of the ride area), where the park entrance to ZooAmerica is, and where the Just Wing It food stand are currently located in the Kissing Tower Hill section of the park. [70][95]

Past attractions[edit]

These are attractions which the park had throughout it's history. The athletic field was the center of activities when the park first opened in 1906, until the Merry-Go-Round carousel was installed in 1908.

Sporting-related attractions[edit]

Attraction Season opened Season closed Description Ref(s)
Hershey Park Athletic Field 1906 1970 The baseball field actually predates the park itself. The day the park officially opened, a baseball game was played to commemorate the event. [70][97]
Hershey Park Shooting Gallery 1908 1930 This was a shooting gallery located where Fender Bender is today. It was replaced by The Pretzel, when it was installed for the 1931 season. [22][98]
Hershey Park Bowling Alley 1909 1921 The bowling alley was built in 1909 and was located along Park Avenue. The bowling alley, located in the basement of the building it was in, was closed after the 1921 season. The building remained in use until 1945, when it was torn down and replaced by Funland, which opened in 1946. The area of the park it was situated was on a hill; this area gained the nickname "Bowling Alley Hill," at the time. As of 2014, this area of the park is known as "Kissing Tower Hill." [99][100][101]
Miniature Golf Course and Driving Range 1931 1971 This miniature golf course and driving range was located on Derry Road (today Park Boulevard) on what is now Chocolate World. [22][65]
Fairways Miniature Golf 1960 1970 This miniature golf course was installed on the concrete surface of the outdoor rink next to Hersheypark Arena. It was manufactured by Fairways Miniature Golf Company. [102]
Gold Nugget Shooting Gallery 1973 1977 After the 1972 season, the Golden Nugget was converted into a shooting gallery and named Gold Nugget Shooting Gallery. The building was demolished and replaced by the Fender Bender bumper cars after the 1977 season. [70]
Shooting Gallery 1980 1985 This was a shooting gallery located in Rhineland. It was converted into Alpine Arcade, and today is used for the park's Hospitality Services. [70]
Miniature Golf 1982 1997 A small mini golf course next to the SooperDooperLooper. It was removed to make way for Great Bear, and is different from another miniature golf course that was part of then Hershey Park in the 50s and 60s. [70]

Miscellaneous attractions[edit]

Attraction Season opened Season closed Description Ref(s)
Starlight Ballroom 1913 1970 The ballroom opened in 1913, hosting various big bands and jazz bands. This included some of the larger acts during the times the ballroom was open. The final season of the ballroom was 1971, with one dance scheduled. The building stood until 1977. [70]
Little Red Caboose 1971 2013 An antique Reading Railroad caboose, which was originally used for birthday parties, before the park began using it as the "Lost Children's Caboose" in the 70's. The Little Red Caboose was removed from the park following the 2013 season. [92]
Dancing Waters 1973 1974 A light show and water pageant, performed on Spring Creek across from the Comet. During the show, jets would propel water from 15 to 150 feet in the air. The official name of the attraction was "Harold Steinman's Dancing Waters", though this was only used the first year. [55][103]
Light Arcade 1975 1979 This was a plaza built in 1975 near the Carrousel in Carrousel Circle. It was re-themed in 1979, as the Starlight Arcade, and was subsequently considered neither part of Carrousel Circle or Rhineland, becoming its own themed area. [104]
Dogpatch Dawgs 1980 1993 An audio-animatronic band of five dogs that appeared in a gazebo in Pioneer Frontier. The gazebo remained for a number of years, but it was eventually removed. [105]
Encyclopædia Britannica Booth - Der Deitschplatz 1980 1989 This started out as a park information booth, and then became sponsored by Encyclopædia Britannica. Located where Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge is today. [106]
Encyclopædia Britannica Booth - Minetown 1980 1989 This was a park information booth located near Coal Cracker and the Minetown Vittles restaurant. [106]
Cinemavision 1982 1986 A theater attraction which was a geodesic-domed theater showing panoramic films on a floor-to-ceiling screen. [71][72]
Blacksmith's Shop 1985 2004 Located next to Whistle Stop in Pioneer Frontier. Is currently a face-painting booth. [70]
Sweetest Parade on Earth 1993 2004 A daily parade of Hershey's characters and musicians throughout the park. It started on July 1, 1993 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for Chocolate World. The parade was used for the remainder of the season in the park, and continued through the 2004 season. [107]
Nightlights 2001 2004 A laser light show that took place in Midway America. There were several shows that ran throughout the years, including Halloween (Frightlights) and Christmas (Brightlights) versions. Due to the powerful lasers used in the performance, the park had to get an FAA clearance before every show. [108]
Frontier Virtual Theater 2003 2007 A virtual reality game, it had three rows of seats where people sat and stomped with their feet, etc. It replaced Conestoga after it was removed following the 2002 season. When it was removed, it was replaced by The Howler spinner ride. [109]
Haunted Harvest 2004 A Halloween walk-through attraction which featured live actors. Existed in the Wild Cat, Tidal Force and Canyon River Rapids catering areas. [110]

Past named areas[edit]

Hersheypark only began having themed areas in 1972 as park management was converting the park into a contemporary theme park. However, the park did have one specific area with a theme in years prior - Kiddieland. Since then, the park has had 20 different kinds of named areas within the park, some which were considered official themed areas[111] and others which were not.[112][113]

One example is when Hersheypark renovated an area of the park around the Comet and Spring Creek. The Bug was replaced with Wave Swinger and the area beautified. The area was also given a name: Spring Creek Hollow. However, since the area didn't gain any theming, only beautified, the park did not list it the themed areas of the park (such as Rhineland or Tower Plaza).[114] This has happened on several different occasions, shown below. The list is broken into two sections: former officially themed areas and former named areas the park used.

Former themed areas[edit]

Theme area Season opened Season closed Description Ref(s)
Kiddieland 1949 1971 This was kiddie ride area located near Hersheypark Arena that was first opened in 1949. Two of the first major kiddie rides was a water ride and a horse and buggy ride. The Kiddieland themed area was eliminated after the 1971 season, and later became part of the Music Box Way themed area of the park. [115]
Animal Garden 1972 1980 This was a themed area that effectively replaced Hershey Park Zoo, which shut down operations in 1971. It was somewhat a petting zoo, though not all animals could be petted. Once ZooAmerica opened in 1978, this area remained for two seasons. When it was closed following the 1980 season, it was converted into Kids Stuff. [116][117]
Der Deitchplatz 1972 1989 A showcase for local Pennsylvania Dutch artisans, including blacksmith, glassblower, weaver, spinner, and leather worker. Located in and around the Craft Barn. [116][117]
Carrousel Circle 1972 2004 This area was created as part of Phase I of the renovations to Hersheypark. Opening in 1972, the centerpiece of the area was the park's carrousel. Following the 2004 season, the area was renovated, and converted into Founder's Circle. [116][117]
Rhineland 1973 2013 This area was located directly inside the main gate of the park. This area featured German theming as part of the 1970s renovation plans of the park. Following the 2013 season, this was merged with Tudor Square, Founder's Circle and Music Box Way to form Founder's Way. [118][119]
Tudor Square 1973 2013 This area was located between Tram Circle and the main gate of the park. This is the only themed area outside the park gate. It had an English regal theme, and the main gate was called Tudor Castle. Following the 2013 season, Tudor Square was merged with Rhineland, Founder's Circle and Music Box way to form Founder's Way. [118][119]
Tower Plaza 1975 1989 This was the area in front of the Kissing Tower entrance and exit, as well as the entrance of the Twin Turnpike, and the area by the entrance to ZooAmerica. It was originally intended to be built where the Overlook Arcade and Restaurant is today, in 1974. However, the area was delayed by one year and opened in 1975, in the location it is today. It was absorbed into the Minetown themed area that was formed in 1990. The main entrance of the park was located in this area from the park's first season in 1907, through the 1970 season. [120][121]
Kids Stuff 1981 1985 After the 1980 season, the Animal Garden was removed and replaced with Kids Stuff, a play area for the kids. [70]
Kaptain Kids Kove 1986 1990 Kids Stuff was renovated following the 1985 season and converted into Kaptain Kids Kove. The themed area was closed following the 1990 season when Sidewinder was constructed on the site of Dry Gulch Catering. That catering area was relocated to where Kaptain Kids Kove was. [75]
Comet Hollow 1990 2011 This was a themed area of the park which came about in the 1990 season. While not specifically themed, the area was named, along with Music Box, to give each area of the park a name to use as reference. This area was renamed "The Hollow" in 2012 when the area was renovated when Skyrush was constructed.
Minetown 1990 2013 This was a themed area originally planned as part of the renovation of Hersheypark in the 1970s. However, due to budget cuts and difficult economic times, this themed area was never created until 1990, when Sportland, the park's oldest building, was torn down and replaced by the larger Minetown Arcade and Restaurant, and Coal Shaker and Himalaya were replaced with several new rides. This area encompassed Tower Plaza, a themed area surrounding Kissing Tower, as well as an area which was informally called "Contemporary" themed area under the renovation plans of the 1970s.
Music Box Way 1990 2013 This area encompassed the original Kiddieland area of the park. It was created when Pioneer Frontier was created to its north. It was merged with Tudor Square, Rhineland and Founder's Circle, following the 2013 season, to create Founder's Way.
Founder's Circle 2005 2013 This area, created following the renovation of Carrousel circle after the 2004 season, featured a variety of rides, mostly kiddie rides. The centerpiece remained the park's carrousel. Following the 2013 season, Founder's Circle was merged with Tudor Square, Rhineland and Music Box Way, to form Founder's Way.

Former named areas[edit]

Area Season opened Season closed Description Ref(s)
Contemporary 1975 1989 This area of the park is where Minetown Restaurant, Flying Falcon and kiddie rides are located today. While not an official theme, that area of the park was intended to remain modern, and not connected to the Tower Plaza theming, or the planned Minetown theming, which was to be focused around Coal Cracker. This area of the park was defined when Tower Plaza was added, and remained in place until the Minetown renovations occurred following the 1989 season. [70]
Starlight Arcade 1979 2002 This was a plaza located near both Carrousel Circle and Rhineland, making it its own themed area. The Starlight Arcade was originally the Light Arcade (see above). On July 7, 1979, it was redeveloped into the Starlight Arcade. The Osmond family were the first to be honored; the family put their hand-prints in cement along with a bronze plaque with their name and signatures.[70][104] Other celebrity hand-prints and signatures were subsequently added as they played in the park or at Hersheypark Arena or Stadium. This includes the Harlem Globetrotters, Mickey Mouse, and Santa Claus. It was replaced with a statue Milton S. Hershey. When this happened, this area became part of Founder's Circle. There is one remaining cement hand-print saved from the attraction, however, next to the operator's booth at the Flying Falcon. [104]
Spring Creek Hollow 1982 1985 The comet hollow area of the park was renovated in the 1982 when The Bug was replaced by Wave Swinger. Paddleboats (removed 2006) was installed at the former canoe dock underneath sooperdooperLooper, which had a separate fee along with the miniature golf course located on the opposite side of the hollow. This area was themed Spring Creek Hollow, but that theme quickly disappeared, giving way to the Comet Hollow theme which existed through the 2011 season. [71][122]
Odyssey Alley 1982 1983 This was the area of the park later known as Music Box Way. [123]

Past characters[edit]

As a part of the adding a gate and one-price admission to Hersheypark, costume characters were now a part of the park's entertainment program. While walk-around Hershey candy bars have always been a part of this, Hersheypark had its own mascot characters in the late 70s and 80s. These included the Furry Tales, which were three brightly colored animals - a skunk, a bear, and a chipmunk.[124] These characters were featured in promotional materials, daily shows,[70] and even had their own shop selling plush toys in Rhineland. To this day, the shop continues to sell toys. Other discontinued characters include Pistol Pete and the rare character Kaptain Kid.

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