Hersheypark Planning New Ride, Food Trucks and Wearable Tech for Summer 2019
While some parks may opt for a quiet year before unveiling a $150 million expansion, Hersheypark is doing anything but as it prepares to open a new ride and introduce new guest amenities this summer.
Hersheypark’s massive Chocolatetown expansion — which will include a new entrance area, restaurant, shops and a Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster — won’t open until 2020. But in the meantime, the park has some interesting additions in the works for summer 2019.
First on the list is the interactive Reese’s Cupfusion dark ride, which will debut this summer.
The ride will “merge the world’s love of chocolate and peanut butter with an all-new interactive gaming ride to create a sweet sensory adventure for the entire family.”
Riders will be equipped with “state-of-the-art gear to protect the [Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups] factory and earn points on every mission,”
The ride’s backstory is rather wacky and definitely unique:
As a Reese’s Agent Trainee, it’s the guests’ mission to ensure the world is never deprived of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups under the guidance of Commander Cup, a new character introduced this year.
Outside of Cupfusion, two of the park’s kiddie rides will receive a refresh thanks to being overtaken by “Mint the Merciless and the League of Misfit Candy.” These two are likely the existing Bizzy Bees and Ladybug rides.
HPGO: Wearable Tech at Hersheypark
Guests wearing special, high-tech wristbands will receive personalized experiences thanks to the new HPGO program. The exclusive platform connects the HPGO wristbands with the Hersheypark app to collect free ride stats and photos from interactive rides such as the aforementioned Reese’s Cupfusion as well as the Whitecap Racer water slide.
The wristbands will also integrate with the enhanced Fast Track (skip-the-line) program, allowing them to skip the regular line on up to 14 attractions, including 12 coasters, with the purchase of Fast Track or the all-new Fast Track Unlimited.
New Food Trucks
The park will also host new food trucks from eateries like Chick-fil-A, Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Keepin’ It Kosher.
The Carrousel Turns 100
The park’s iconic Carrousel will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, so don’t miss taking a spin during your visit.
Finally, I always like to share this not-widely-known fact: on the night before your visit, you can present your Hersheypark general admission ticket up to 2.5 hours before the park closes for a free sneak-peek preview of the park. If you are a guest of The Official Resorts of Hersheypark, you can enter 3.5 hours before closing, and you’ll also be eligible for “Sweet Start” early entry. All details for the extra and early entry options are available at the park’s website.
More information about Hersheypark’s 2019 season is also available at the park’s website.
Visiting Hersheypark this summer? Don’t miss our ranking of Hersheypark’s roller coasters.