In 1903, Milton S. Hershey began construction on what was to become the world's largest chocolate manufacturing plant. He also wanted to create a new community around his factory. Because he was concerned about providing adequate recreation, he built a park that opened on April 24, 1907. Amusement rides, a swimming pool, and a ballroom were added a few years later. Hershey's Park was an ideal spot for picnicking, boating, and canoeing. A carousel was put into operation on July 4, 1908. Soon a 1,500-seat amphitheater opened. The entrance sign read, "Ye who enter here leave dull cares behind." The Hershey Conservatory and Greenhouse opened in February, 1910.
The park's name changed from Hershey Park to Hersheypark in 1971. Admission to the park includes admission to the 11-acre walk-though ZooAmerica. Adjacent to the park is Hershey's Chocolate World.
Four coasters have left the park:
Twin Toboggans (1970s and 1980s) were two Chance Toboggan coasters placed next to one another.
Wildcat (1923 to 1945) was a wood coaster from PTC and Herbert Schmeck. It was called Joy Ride for its first year of operation.
Little Comet (1960s and 1970s) was a kiddie coaster built by Carl Miler.
Hersheypark launches Storm Runner in 2004 (August 5, 2003)
Hersheypark "Heats Up" for its 2008 Season (September 27, 2007)
I hope to return to Hershey so I can ride and photograph Storm Runner and Fahrenheit!
New Ride is FIRST of its kind in the World! (September 28, 2004)
Hershey cancelled this coaster just four months after announcing it. Read this release for further details.
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