List of former Hersheypark attractions
Hersheypark (operating as Hershey Park through 1970) is an amusement park located in Hershey, Derry Township, Pennsylvania. The park was formally opened by Milton S. Hershey on May 30, 1906, and it became an entity of Hershey Estates when the Estates company was established in 1927. From its opening in 1906 until 1970, the park was an open gate park. In 1971, the park was gated and an entry fee charged. This was the first preparations for the renovation project designed by R. Duell and Associates that would begin in 1972. Since then, the park grew into the park it is today. Casualties of these different changes are the rides and attractions that were removed or replaced. Below is a list of the different rides and attractions Hersheypark has removed, which includes kiddie rides, thrill rides, roller coasters, themed areas, funhouses and other attractions of amusement.
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 Miniature Train, a kiddie train ride. It was in the park from 1952-1971, 1983-1995 (for Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane, only), and 1997-2014.
Past and cancelled roller coasters
Hersheypark has removed five roller coasters over its history, and cancelled two projects prior to being built. Each of the five roller coasters removed were notable as being a park first: The Wild Cat was Hersheypark's first roller coaster, Toboggan (initially called Twin Towers Toboggans because there were twin Toboggan coasters side-by-side) were Hersheypark's first steel roller coaster, Mini-Comet was Hersheypark's first kiddie coaster, and Roller Soaker was the park's only water coaster.
Hersheypark's two cancelled roller coaster projects were a proposed coaster, a Flying Turns, and a proposed coaster named Turbulence. Flying Turns would have been opened in 1942, however America's entry into World War II effectively ended the project. 63 years later, Hersheypark was planning to open what would have been the park's eleventh existing coaster - Turbulence. Early in the project phase, a dispute arose between the park and the ride manufacturer. Initially postponed, the project never resumed and was cancelled.
|Coaster||Season opened||Season closed||Manufacturer||Type/Model||Ref(s)|
|The Wild Cat||1923||1945||Philadelphia Toboggan Company||Wooden roller coaster|||
|Former name: The Joy Ride||1923||1934|
|Toboggan (#1)||1972||1977||Chance Manufacturing Company||Steel Swiss Toboggan coaster|||
|Mini-Comet||1974||1978||B.A. Schiff & Associates||Kiddie roller coaster|||
|Roller Soaker||2002||2012||Setpoint||Water coaster|||
|Coaster||Season intended for opening||Manufacturer||Type/Model||Ref(s)|
|Flying Turns||1942||Philadelphia Toboggan Co.||Bobsled roller coaster|||
|Turbulence||2005||Interactive Rides||'Frequent Faller' drop coaster|||
Past thrill rides
The first ride Hersheypark purchased was a small, used Allan Herschell Company carousel. This ride was always referred as a merry-go-round rather than a carousel. The ride operated from June 1908 through June 1912, when Hersheypark installed a Dentzel carousel. This carousel was larger, and was a newly built ride instead of being used. Hersheypark called this ride Carrousel, and continued operating it through the 1944 season. 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 2014, 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. In 1945, Hersheypark had the opportunity to install a Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel; they sold the Dentzel carousel and installed the PTC ride, which operates in the park to this day, as of 2014.
Hersheypark has had a variety of other thrill rides which no longer exist in the park today. The full list of these rides is below.
|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. Purchased used, 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.|||
|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.||
|Carrousel||1912||1944||Dentzel Carousel Company||The Carousel had 52 animals and 2 chariots.|||
|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.|||
|The Pretzel||1931||1963||Pretzel Ride Company||An indoor dark ride, converted into the "Golden 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 as well as a child's version (lower level) called the Auto Skooter and later, a different kiddie ride called Rolling Rovers.|||
|The Bug||1933||1981||Traver Engingeering Company||A larger version of the still present Lady Bugs. Existed where Wave Swinger is today.|||
|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.|||
|The Whip||1937||1975||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. After the 1975 season, the ride was removed, and Mini-Comet put in its location. In 1977, Himalaya was moved to the same location, and Mini-Comet was shifted slightly south of the Himalaya.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Gold 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.||
|Tip-Top||1966||1979||Frank Hrubetz & Company||A sit-down spinning ride, it was first installed in Comet Hollow after the Hershey Park Theatre and Laughland were torn down. In 1969, it was relocated in front of the Golden Nugget / Gold Nugget Shooting Gallery to clear space for the Magic Carpet Giant Slide.|||
|Paratrooper||1967||1979||Frank Hrubetz & Company||A paratrooper ride, where the Hersheypark Amphitheater stands today.|||
|Round Up||1968||1977||Frank Hrubetz & Company||A stand-up, circular spinning ride, it was located in front of Golden Nugget / Gold Nugget Shooting Gallery in what is today Founders Way.|||
|Magic Carpet 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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Giant Wheel||1973||2004||Intamin AG||An Intamin-supplied ride replaced by the relocated Balloon Flite and Starship America rides following the 2004 season.|||
|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.|||
|Coal Shaker||1978||1989||Philadelphia Toboggan Co.||This replaced Cuddle Up, which had been in the park for 30 seasons. It was in a very similar style to Cuddle Up, also with coal-themed cars. When the ride was removed in 1989, it was replaced by several kiddie rides – Convoy, Red Baron and Dinosaurs-Go-Round; Dinosaurs-Go-Round was eventually relocated to another area of the park and Frog Hopper took its place.|||
|Flying Bobs||1978||1982||Allan Herschell Company||Replaced the Twin Towers Toboggans. When it was removed, it was replaced by Balloon Flight. Mini-Himalaya currently occupies the same space.|||
|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. It also spent time at Lake Compounce while that park was owned by the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.|||
|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 Calaway Park, near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.|||
|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.|||
|Timber Rattler||1984||1987||Schwarzkopf||A Schwarzkopf Polyp ride. Replaced two years later by the Rodeo ride (generic name "Trabant").|||
|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 constructed in fall 1986 and winter 1987. It operated for three seasons. Due to low ridership, and difficult maintenance issues, the ride was scrapped and sold to an amusement park in China. The building is now known as the Playdome Arcade.|||
|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.|||
Past and cancelled water rides
|Ride||Season opened||Season closed||Manufacturer||Description||Ref(s)|
|Shoot the Chute||
||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.||
||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.||
||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.||
|Bike Boats||1931||1941||Custer Specialty Company||This was a Custer Paddle-About paddle boat ride. It operated in Spring Creek in 1931, one of several different kinds of boat rides to be used in the creek.||
|Giant Toboggan Slide||
||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.||
||This was a speedboat ride Hershey Park installed as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the town of Hershey; it opened in August, rather than at the beginning of the summer season. It operated on a section of Swatara Creek, about one mile north of the Hershey Park Pool, at the corner of Park Boulevard and West Derry Road. This was the only thrill ride to operate on Swatara Creek, outside the current boundaries of modern Hersheypark property. This was operated through the 1941 season and did not reopen in 1942 due to America's entry into World War II.||
|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.||
||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.||
|Paddleboats||1982||2006||Sun Dolphin||An Additional Charge ride where riders paddled along Spring Creek. The ride was removed after the 2006 season.|||
|Canyon River Rapids||
||A river rafting ride that soaked guests with waterfalls. 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.||
||This ride contained a pair of winding water-tubes known as Slidewinder and Pistol Pete's Plunge "Winding Rivers" - originally named "Slidewinder") and a pair of straight water-slides (known as "Straight Shooters" - originally named "Pistol Pete's Plunge").||
||Frontier Chute-Out was renovated following the 1998 season. The slides were replaced with slides built by ProSlide Technology. The ride was renamed from Frontier Chute-Out to Western Chute-Out. "Pistol Pete's Plunge" was renamed "Straight Shooters" and "Slidewinder" was renamed "Winding Rivers." After the 2007 season, the ride was removed to make way for Fahrenheit.|
||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. It was removed after the 2013 season to make room for Cocoa Cruiser a Kiddie Roller Coaster.||
|Belt-driven Boat Ride||
||Arrow Development||This was a ride proposed for the 1971 season which was never installed. A down payment was placed on the ride in 1970, and the ride was revived as part of the second Rhineland expansion in the R.Duell renovation plans. Due to economic and budget concerns, the second Rhineland expansion was cancelled. The ride would have operated on Spring Creek.|||
|Rhine River Boat||
||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.||
Past kiddie rides
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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".|||
|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.|||
|Former name: Whipperoo||1966||1985|
|Former name: Kiddie Whip||1964||1965|
|Little Red Caboose||1970||1970||Reading Company||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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Former name: Auto-Skooters||1978||1980|
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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).|||
|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.|||
|Former name: Funhouse||1930||1937|
|Laugh Land||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.|||
|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 actual area where Funland was located is adjacent to (but not where) the Flying Falcon now stands, where the entrance to Zoo America is today as well as a customer service building.|||
These are attractions which the park had throughout its 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.
|Attraction||Season opened||Season closed||Description||Ref(s)|
|Hershey Park Athletic Field||
||The baseball field actually predates the park itself. The day the park officially opened, a baseball game was played to commemorate the event.||
|Original Hershey Park Pool (1908)||
||This was the park's first pool, located in what is, as of 2015, The Hollow area of the park. The bathhouse for the pool is approximately where Comet's station is today and was converted into a funhouse in 1930. This pool was made of earthen materials, and was completely replaced within two seasons with a concrete pool.|
|Original Hershey Park Pool (1910)||
||This was the park's second pool, located in what is, as of 2015, The Hollow area of the park. This is the second version of the pool in this location. Made of concrete, the pool was roughly 100 feet by 30 feet.||
|Original Hershey Park Pool (1916)||
||This was the park's third pool, located in what is, as of 2015, The Hollow area of the park. This is the third version of the pool in this location. On the outset of constructing the new pool, the Park completely demolished the old pool before building the new one. This pool remained in operation through the 1928 season. It was replaced by a much larger pool in 1929, which was located further west of the area. The area where this pool sat was redeveloped and immediately replaced with Mill Chute (see above).||
|Hershey Park Shooting Gallery||
||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.||
|Hershey Park Bowling Alley||
||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."||
|Hershey Park Bandshell||
||This is the well known bandshell which stood in the park from 1910 until 1972. The bandshell was going to be re-themed in the Rhineland section of the park; however, due to age of the structure, construction crews determined they could not move the bandshell without severely damaging it. Additionally, the Coal Cracker, which had been purchased by the park in 1971, was going to be installed in the same location of the bandshell for the 1973 season. As a result, the bandshell was torn down, and effectively replaced by Hersheypark Amphitheatre.||
|Hershey Park Ballroom||
||The ballroom opened on May 21, 1913, built by Hershey Improvement Company head James K. Putt. The venue was easily capable of hosting various big bands and jazz bands. This included some of the larger acts during the times the ballroom was open. After the close of the 1956 touring season, the ballroom was completely renovated and was considered a new venue by the park.||
|Hershey Park Pool (1929)||
||This pool was located on the western end of the park, at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Derry Road, across from the Convention Center. The pool was closed in 1971. It was torn down in 1972 when Park Boulevard was relocated, part of Hersheypark's plans to become a theme park.||
|Miniature Golf Course and
||This miniature golf course and driving range was located on Derry Road (today Park Boulevard) on what is now Chocolate World.||
||This was a fountain located in Spring Creek, in an area of the park known as the Sunken Gardens. The fountain was produced at a cost of $75,000, by General Electric. At the time, this was the second kind of electric fountain General Electric made, their first being in Schenectady, New York.||
||Formerly Hershey Park Ballroom, the building was overhauled and completely renovated; the park considered the Starlight Ballroom a new venue which replaced the Hershey Park Ballroom. It debuted to the public on June 1, 1957. Most significant of all the changes was that a section of the roof was cut out, so people could "dance under the stars." This is where the name for the new ball room originated.||
|Fairways Miniature Golf||
||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.||
|Little Red Caboose||
||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 1970s. The Little Red Caboose was removed from the park following the 2013 season.||
||A light show and water pageant, performed on Spring Creek across from the Comet. This was installed after the 1972 season, replacing the Lost River which had been damaged beyond repair in the flood of 1972. This was a jeux d'eau water display and a continuation-in-name-only of the Electric Fountain display in the Sunken Garden, closed after 1971. Dancing Waters is a specific type of water show, sold by Harold Steinman, which is based on a European version created by Otto Przystawik. 19 motors powered the water, propelling the water jets from a varied height between 15 and 150 feet in the air. There were over 1,800 jets of various sizes. The show was removed after the 1974 season, and the location is currently occupied by the loop of Great Bear.||
|Gold Nugget Shooting Gallery||
||After the 1972 season, the Gold Nugget dark ride 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.||
||This was a plaza built in 1973 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.||
||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.||
|Encyclopædia Britannica Booth - Der Deitschplatz||
||This started out as a park information booth, and then became sponsored by Encyclopædia Britannica. Located where Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge is today.||
|Encyclopædia Britannica Booth - Minetown||
||This was a park information booth located near Coal Cracker and the Minetown Vittles restaurant.||
||This was a shooting gallery located in Rhineland. It was converted into Alpine Arcade, and today is used for the park's Hospitality Services.||
||A theater attraction which was a geodesic-domed theater showing panoramic films on a floor-to-ceiling screen.||
||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 1950s and 1960s.||
||Located next to Whistle Stop in Pioneer Frontier. Is currently a face-painting booth.||
|Sweetest Parade on Earth||
||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.||
||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.||
|Frontier Virtual Theater||
||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.||
||A Halloween walk-through attraction which featured live actors. Existed in the Wild Cat, Tidal Force and Canyon River Rapids catering areas.||
Past park regions
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 and others which were not.
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). 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
|Theme area||Season opened||Season closed||Description||Ref(s)|
|Sunken Garden||1932||1971||This was an area of the park along Spring Creek that had been underwater prior to 1931. Hershey Park replaced the dam located in that area of the park which formed Spring Lake. The new dam was located a few hundred feet to the east of the original dam, resulting in a smaller lake. The area that was now dry was converted into a walkthrough garden area, which the park named Sunken Garden, since it had previously been "sunken." This area of the park remained in use until the end of the 1971 season, when the park developed several new themed areas as part of its renovations project. The Sunken Garden was in a fenced off area, providing no access for guests. It remained that way until 2012, when Hersheypark opened a pathway along the former route of the Miniature Railroad, to alleviate traffic from the then-new roller coaster, Skyrush.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Kids Stuff||1981||1985||After the 1980 season, the Animal Garden was removed and replaced with Kids Stuff, a play area for the kids.|||
|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.|||
|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
|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.|||
|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. 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.|||
|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.|||
|Odyssey Alley||1982||1983||This was the area of the park later known as Music Box Way.|||
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 1970s and 1980s. These included the Furry Tales, which were three brightly colored animals - a skunk, a bear, and a chipmunk. These characters were featured in promotional materials, daily shows, 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.
- "Spend Your Decoration Day at Hershey Park". The Hershey Press. May 24, 1923. p. 1.
The $50,000 Roller Coaster is expected to be in readiness. There has been considerable delay in receiving material used in its construction, and if this arrives on time, the Roller Coaster will be ready to take the pleasure-seekers on its thrilling and fascinating ride over the treetops, swishing down its 75-foot drop at all its speed.
- "Spend Your Fourth at Hershey Park". The Hershey Press. June 28, 1923. p. 1.
One of the new attractions is the Giant Roller Coaster, which is nearly one mile in length. It has more dips and deeper dips, and more thrilling dips, than any of like construction in America. You will not want to miss taking a ride on the Giant Roller Coaster, and then you will want to take another, and another. You'll be like the young lady on June 16th, who took 19 rides and then took another to celebrate Hershey's 20th Anniversary celebration.
- Aurentz, Tim (December 14, 1971). "Hershey Announces Major Park Development Plans". Lebanon Daily News. p. 1.
On the perimeter will be a new fast-food restaurant, complete with outdoor seating; a new milk bar, scaled to children's size, and three new adult rides, The Monster, The Toboggan and The Scrambler
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- "Around The Grounds". Billboard Magazine. June 12, 1943. p. 43.
- "It's already a bumpy ride". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 10, 2004. p. B-13.
- "A new wild roller coaster is coming to Hersheypark". Lancaster New Era. October 2, 2004. Retrieved January 9, 2015 – via Highbeam Research. (subscription required (. ))
Turbulence will be located adjacent to the Hersheypark Carousel. The area around the new and old rides will be refurbished and renamed Founder's Circle, in honor of chocolate magnate Milton Hershey, who founded the park in 1907 [sic].
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- "Derry Church". Harrisburg Telegraph. January 26, 1909. p. 4.
One of the new amusement features in Hershey park the coming summer will be a scenic railway.
- "Railway at Hershey Park, First Section of Road Completed on Friday, Trial Trip Made With Five Cars at Speed of 30 Miles an Hour". Lebanon Daily News. September 10, 1910. p. 1.
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- "Minny Railroad Staion [sic], Wheel New at Hershey". Billboard. April 1, 1950.
- "'Dry Gulch R.R.' Joins Hershey Park Features". Lebanon Daily News. April 17, 1961. p. 11.
- "Hershey Park Has Many New Features". Lebanon Daily News. May 23, 1912. p. 2.
A new merry-go-round is being placed on the grounds for the children and those who wish to renew their youth by taking a ride on the hobby horses.
- "Prosperity at Hershey; New Structures and Park improvements Tell of Progress There". Evening Report (Lebanon, PA). June 18, 1912. p. 7.
- "Berries to Bonanza: Rides, Attractions Build Farm Gross". The Billboard. April 7, 1956. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
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- "Boys' Band Will Give Concerts at Hershey Park Memorial Day". The Evening News (Harrisburg, PA). May 29, 1931. p. 2.
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Following the practice of having something new each year, the Park has added a twin Ferris Wheel, 66 feet high.
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This season the park will operate four new rides, including "Gold Nugget", now under construction at the site of the former "Pretzel", the "Flying Coaster", a brand new amusement for adults and children, and the kiddies' "Helicopter" is ready for operation and work on the "Whip" is expected to begin next week. Meanwhile, workers are pushing ahead on the other two devices. The new additions bring the major rides to a total of 16. Kiddie amusements now number 12.
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Two new amusements, the Paratrooper and Shooting Waters, have been installed at Hershey Park to make a total of 20 major amusement devices when the park opens its 60th season on Sunday, April 23.
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- "Hersheypark opens May 18". Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA). May 8, 1974.
This season, two more new high capacity rides were added, expressing the same innovativeness as last season's two additions. The Trail Blazer - a centrifugal force roller coaster, and the Sky Ride - a cable car lift providing a panoramic view of Hersheypark.
- Schaefer, Paul, ed. (1976) . Hershey. Western Publishing Company. pp. 64–81.
- "District Essay Winners Named". Somerset Daily American (Somerset, PA). March 6, 1975. p. 6.
Entertainment will be highlighted by a visit to Hersheypark, with its 300-foot-high Kissing Tower, Himalaya and Twin Turnpike rides and other available attractions.
- "Hersheypark Will Open 69th Season On May 18". Lebanon Daily News. May 10, 1975. p. 7.
New this season are the Kissing TOwer ride, Twin Turnpike ride - with both antique and sports cars, and the Himalaya.
- "Hersheypark adds 5 new rides for 1978". Reading Eagle. April 30, 1978.
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New Bike Boats on the lake
- "Lebion [sic] Band At Hershey Park". Harrisburg Telegraph. July 1, 1931. p. 17.
There are many varieties of amusements and rides to delight the children as well as the grown ups. Boating on the lake and the new sensational “Bike Boats” which cannot upset or sink.
- Whitenack, Pamela Cassidy (2009). Postcards of America: Hersheypark. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7385-6494-4. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "Boys' Band of 60 Pieces To Play at Hershey". Reading Times. May 29, 1931. p. 8.
The new "water toboggan" in a new additional pool has just been finished and will furnish new thrills for the bathers. A miniature golf course for use of bathers is now being installed on the beach.
- "Today at Hershey Park". Harrisburg Courier. August 27, 1933. p. 4.
The new Speedboat on Swatara Creek - just one mile north of the Pool - will thrill and delight all in a big, fast ride.
- "Boating". Hotel Hershey High-Lights II (2). July 21, 1934. p. 4.
The Picturesque Swatara Creek is ideal for canoeing, and during the Hershey Park season, a large motor boat, "Miss Marguerite," makes regular trips.
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Hersheypark is constructing another water ride, a Frontier Chute-Out Ride in which riders will race down 100-yard-long straight or curving chutes on small two-person rubber rafts. This ride is expected to open in mid-June.
- "Parks provide kids' stuff". The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN). June 11, 1989. p. 2.
"Hersheypark (Hershey, Pa.) will debut Tiny Timbers log flume... Hersheypark also has a children's activity area, Kaptain Kid's Kove.
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"The kiddies' miniature train, installed in Kiddieland 1952, is a gasoline-drive amusement.
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A large and up-to-date shooting gallery is being erected in Hershey Park.
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The Hershey Improvement Company is grading the grounds around the Hershey restaurant and park conservatory. The four alcoves of the Hershey Park restaurant building and the band stand in front of the pavilion have been finished.
- "Bandshell In Hersheypark Demolished; An Era Ends". Lebanon Daily News. October 24, 1972. p. 15.
...engineering and height problems rendered the plans impossible, and now the structure will be taken down to make room for a new flume ride...
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For the first time this evening the handsome new dancing pavillion will be opened. A big hop will be held.
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The park ballroom, currently undergoing remodeling, will be open late in May or early June. The new dance palace will be known as the Starlight Ballroom.
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The Hershey characters and the Great All-American Hersheypark marching band will lead "The Sweetest Parade on Earth," from Chocolate World through the Hersheypark entertainment complex, at 7:15pm. The parade will be held every Tuesday through Saturday during the summer.
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Back in 2004, the folks at Hershey decided to offer a scary Halloween adventure in place of their regular family-friendly celebration. They created a mad farmer named Cornelius Fields who ruled over psycho scarecrows. And they called it Hershey-park's Haunted Harvest. But nobody came. "It just didn't go over," says Kathy Burrows, Hershey public relations manager. "It was extremely well done and extremely scary. But that's not what people want when they come here. We never did it again."
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Along with the cost of building the new ride, Hershey also plans to change the theme of Comet Hollow to a more nostalgic feel.
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