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Review of Hershey Park ~ Hershey Pa.
Entering Hershey Park
Hershey Park, Hershey Pa.
Hershey Pennsylvania, touted as the “Sweetest Place on Earth.” The Hershey Chocolate Company was started by Milton Hershey, the first Hershey Kiss rolled out in 1907. The signature foil wrapper for the kiss came about in 1924.
Hershey Chocolate Company is one of the world’s largest and greatest candy makers. Some of the products include Almond Joy, Mounds, Reese’s, Cadbury, and Twizzler. Milton Hershey was a man of the people. He built the park originally for the worker’s at his chocolate factory.
The park’s first pavilion was built in 1905 and it grew slowly from that point to the park that it is today. It was in 1970 that the park received a remake and was dubbed Hershey Park. Hershey Park has grown and added roller coaster after roller coaster.
Hershey Park is a clean, family friendly park for all ages. Here there is something for everyone. They provide entertainment in the form of entertainers, sea lions, a zoo, and theater for seasonal shows.
This park has 12 roller coasters to date and is adding yet another one to open in May of 2015. This coaster will be named Laff Trakk. Hershey Park representatives are calling this a “21st century twist on an American fun house.” The Laff Trakk will be located in the Midway America section of the park.
Hershey Park never disappoints the enthusiastic park lover. The Lightning Racer (wooden coaster) another roller coaster, is a wonderful ride. There are two tracks side by side with one train called Lightning and the other Thunder. A different train wins the race almost every time. This is considered a high thrill ride.
The Wildcat is a wooden roller coaster; I don’t really like this coaster because it has a tendency to beat me around. In a word it hurts me to ride this coaster. However, many people enjoy this coaster. This coaster is considered an aggressive thrill ride and I must agree on that.
The Cocoa Cruiser is new this year and is for children 36” to 42” tall. My grandson, who is four years old, loves this coaster. It is located near the bumper cars, and is considered a moderate thrill ride.
The Comet, a tried and true thrill coaster; I love this coaster. This is a wooden coaster that was one of the first coasters in Hershey Park. It is located in Comet Hollow. I wouldn’t call this an aggressive thrill ride, I would have to say moderate.
Fahrenheit, this is what Hershey Park calls an aggressive thrill ride and I have to agree! High speed, and rapid changes make this a must ride for coaster enthusiasts. It lifts you 121 feet into the air and drops you at a 97 degree drop. Hold on to your mittens kittens!
The Great Bear, this is an inverted steel coaster that loops and rocks your world. It reached speeds of up to 61 miles per hour, and is considered an aggressive thrill ride. Sudden changes in direction or speed prohibit people with disabilities from riding as with most all coasters.
The Sidewinder is a steel roller coaster that is a “boomerang” type coaster. This one sends you forward and then back. Honestly, this one makes me sick, but many coaster lovers enjoy this one as well as all the others. It is considered an aggressive thrill ride sending you in unexpected directions and speed changes.
Skyrush, is an aggressive thrill ride, and is the fastest and tallest coaster in Hershey Park to date. This ride will keep you on the edge of your seat while climbing 200 feet into the air. It reaches speeds of 75 miles per hour and you will experience five zero-G! Skyrush has the highest drop in Hershey Park. This is a steel coaster with many unexpected speed changes and drops. This is an awesome coaster!!
The tried and true, SooperDooperLooper! Did you know that this was the first looping coaster on the East Coast? This steel coaster was the first on the East Coast to send riders for a loop, and we loved it! This is considered an aggressive thrill ride, but I’m not sure why probably the loop.
The Storm Runner is amazing. This is a one-of-a-kind coaster that sends you from 0 miles per hour to 72 miles per hour in just 2 seconds. I love it! You will travel 18 stories up and then straight back down on this steel coaster. It contains barrel rolls, a cobra loop and is the first hydraulic launch coaster to have inversions. Don’t miss this aggressive thrill ride while visiting Hershey Park.
The TrailBlazer is a steel coaster that both children and adults can enjoy. It is considered a moderate thrill ride and I have loved this coaster for over 30 years. Don’t miss riding this with your children.
The Wild Mouse, personally I don’t like this ride at all. However, I know many people of all ages that love it. It is considered an aggressive thrill ride for its high speed and unexpected twists and turns. It is a steel coaster that gives you the feeling that you will fall off the track at any moment.
This covers all the coasters in Hershey Park currently, but that is subject to change. As we all know the roller coasters are the big attractions for many of these amusement parks.
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Oh and did I mention they have an incredible water park in the park too? Yes, they do and it is free with admission to Hershey Park.
Take the time to cool off in the water park, here you will find water slides, a wave pool and a lazy river. This is an amazing, fun, clean and family friendly area that the entire family will enjoy.