Hersheypark Chocolatetown Groundbreaking and New Renderings
This week, Hersheypark officially broke ground on its massive Chocolatetown expansion, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2020.
We’re only a few days into 2019, but construction is already starting on the $150 area, which will include a new park entrance, restaurants, shops and a Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster. The expansion encompasses 23 acres.
Hersheypark has not yet disclosed any stats about the hyper coaster, but it will no doubt make a huge impact on the Chocolatetown area.
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts CEO John Lawn was joined by partners at The Hershey Company; the Hershey Foundation; Hershey, Pennsylvania city leaders and others for a ceremonial groundbreaking:
Pictured from left to right: Hershey’s Bar; Derry Township Supervisor Susan Cort; Derry Township Supervisor Matthew Weir; Derry Township Supervisor Richard Zmuda; Representative Tom Mehaffie; Milton Hershey School student Valerie Heydeman; Executive Director of The M.S. Hershey Foundation Don Papson; Hershey Entertainment & Resorts CEO John Lawn; Vice President, Hershey Experience, The Hershey Company Suzanne Jones; Milton Hershey School student Gavin Meyers; Senator John DiSanto; Derry Township Supervisor Justin Engle; Reese’s and Kiss.
We are incredibly excited to officially break ground and enter this next chapter in the rich history of Hersheypark,” said John Lawn, president and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R).
“Hersheypark will be open and fully operational during 2019 as Chocolatetown comes to life for the summer of 2020.”
In conjunction with the ceremony, Hersheypark launched a new section of its website with an interactive map for guests to explore locations within Chocolatetown along with a new FAQ section for guests to better understand 2019 temporary changes while the new area is constructed.
Chocolatetown is the largest capital investment and most transformative expansion in Hershey Entertainment & Resorts’ history.