Milton S. Hershey surveys a site along Spring Creek for the park.
April 24th, Hershey Park opens with a baseball game which takes place
on the new athletic field.
Along with the field and grandstand, the park
has a pavilion and bandstand.
Picnicking and boating were the two main
Merry-Go-Round is added and opens on July 4th.
amphitheater is added on a sloping hillside next to the pavilion.
Scenic Railroad is added.
Two bowling alleys are added.
court is added.
A band shell is added.
A photography gallery is added.
Carousel (William H. Dentzel) is added for $15,000 and opens in July.
It's 50-feet in diameter and features 53 animals (bears, deer, giraffes,
goats, lions, ostrich, pigs and rabbits) and two chariots.
The Hershey Zoo is added.
Hershey Park Cafe is added.
Convention Hall is added.
The Starlight Ballroom, a dance
pavilion, is added.
The Joy Ride, a wooden roller coaster built by PTC, is added. It's
the first coaster ever designed by Herbert Schmeck. Note: This
coaster was actually owned by PTC and built on land leased to it by Hershey
The Joy Ride is renamed The Wild Cat.
Ferris Wheel is added.
The Skooter is added.
Swing is added.
Mill Chute (log flume) is added.
The Bug is added.
Fun House is added.
A Penny Arcade is added.
Wild Cat's track is re-profiled with higher hills and steeper banking on the
Carrousel (PTC model with 66 horses and 2 chariots and featuring a 1926
Wurlizter organ) replaces the park's Dentzel model.
The Wild Cat is
removed in September.
The Comet, a wooden roller coaster built by PTC, is added in the former
location of The Wild Cat.
66-ft high Ferris Wheels are added.
Dry Gulch Railroad is added.
Helicopters (Alan Herschell
Helicopter kiddie ride) is added.
Skyview (Universal Design Ltd.), a sky-ride offering a round-trip ride
over Spring Creek, is added in the Music Box Way
Bizzy Bees (Hampton Amusement Bumble Bee kiddie ride)
is added in Music Box Way.
(Hampton Amusement Tubs of Fun kiddie ride) is added in
Music Box Way.
Granny Bugs (Hampton
Amusement Granny Bugs kiddie ride) is added.
Space Age (Hampton Amusement Space Age kiddie starship ride) is
Traffic Jam (Hampton Amusement Combo kiddie car ride) is added.
Monorail (Universal Mobility), a six minute ride through the park and
zoo, is added in the Music Box Way section.
Hershey Park is renamed Hersheypark and the pay-per-ride policy is replaced
with one-price admission.
Twin Toboggans (Chance Toboggan), two identical steel roller
coasters placed side-by-side, are added.
Circle, a new theme area, is added.
Carrousel is moved to
Giant Wheel (Intamin
Double Wheel) is added in Carrousel Circle.
Scrambler (Eli Bridge Co. Scrambler) is added in
Coal Cracker (Arrow HydroFlume) water flume ride is added in the
A new amphitheater is added in
the spot where the park's original amphitheater was located.
Trailblazer (Arrow Mine Train steel roller coaster) is added in
Kissing Tower (Intamin Gyro-Tower with windows shaped like
Hershey Kisses) is added in Minetown.
Turnpike - Speedway (Arrow car ride) is added in
Turnpike - Classic Cars (Arrow Model-T car ride)
is added in Minetown.
(Chambers Turtle kiddie ride) is added in Music
Sooperdooperlooper (Schwarzkopf Looping Speedracer steel roller
coaster) is added and opens on July 4th in Comet
Twin Toboggans (both coasters) are removed.
Rodeo (Chance Trabant) is added in Pioneer
The Comet is remodeled.
Pony Parade (W.F. Mangels Co Pony Cart kiddie ride) is added.
Admission this year is $8.75. Parking is free.
Livery Stables (W.F. Mangels Co. kiddie carousel with 16 horses) is
added in Pioneer Frontier.
ride is reconstructed.
Wave Swinger (Zierer Wave Swinger) is added.
Paddleboats (Sun Dolphin) are added on Spring Creek in the
Comet Hollow section.
Cyclops (Huss Enterprise) is added.
Pirat (Huss Pirat)
Tilt-A-Whirl (Sellner Mfg. Co. Electric Tilt) is
added in Comet Hollow.
Admission this year is
$12.95. Parking is free.
Conestoga (Huss Flying Carpet) is added.
Dry Gulch Railroad's original train engine is replaced by "Skooter" a new
propane-fuel powered model.
Admission this year is $13.95. Parking
Swing Thing (Zamperla Kid Swing 12 kiddie ride) is added in
Music Box Way.
Rolling Rovers (Mason Industries kiddie self-propelled scooters) is
Canyon River Rapids (Intamin Rapid River Ride-6 white water
rafting ride) is added in Pioneer Frontier.
Mini-Himalaya (Venture Ride Mfg. kiddie himalaya ride) is added in
Western Chute Out (New Wave Rides), a water slide complex featuring the
Winding Rivers enclosed raft slide and Straight Shooters (2
enclosed raft slides), is added in the Pioneer
Tiny Timbers (Venture Ride Mfg. kiddie log flume) is added in the
Music Box Way section.
Flying Falcon (Huss Condor) is added.
Convoy kiddie ride) is added in Minetown.
Dinosaur-Go-Round (Venture Ride Mfg. kiddie ride) is added in
Red Baron (Zamperla kiddie
bi-plane ride) is added in Minetown.
train, pulled by "Janelle", is added to the Dry Gulch Railroad.
Sidewinder (Vekoma Boomerang), the park's first new roller
coaster in 14 years, is added in Pioneer Frontier.
Tidal Force (O.D. Hopkins Shoot-The-Chute water ride) is added in
The park expands to 90
Tiny Tracks (Zamperla Rio Grande kiddie minature train ride) is
added in Carrousel Circle.
Wildcat (GCI wooden roller coaster), named after the park's first
coaster, is added for $5 million in Midway America.
Note: This was GCI's first roller coaster.
Miniature Train (Chance
kiddie ride) is added in Midway America.
Moon Walk (Wapello inflatable kiddie "bounce" structure) is added in
Ferris Wheel (Chance Giant Wheel) is added in
The Whip (Rideworks
11-car Whip) is added.
The park expands to 110 acres.
Great Bear (B&M inverted steel roller coaster) is added for $13 million
Hersheypark Fair is added within
Midway America and includes:
Wild Mouse (Mack Wild Mouse compact portable steel roller
o Music Express (Moser Rides Music Express)
o Chaos (Chance Chaos)
o Frog Hopper (S&S Frog Hopper mini drop-tower)
o Merry Derry Dip Fun Slides
o A 10,000-ft exhibition tent
o Game and food booths
Admission this year is $30.95.
Racer (GCI twin wooden roller coaster) is added in
Crazy Climber (PlaySmart, Inc. kiddie padded
jungle gym) is added in Midway America.
Tiger's Tail (Leisure Activities kiddie inflatable jungle gym) is added
in Midway America.
Admission this year is
a nightly 20-minute laser and music show at closing time is added.
Admission this year is $33.95.
Soaker (Setpoint inverted steel roller coaster) is added in
Midway America. Each of the coaster's
cars have four riders, seated back-to-back and holds 16 gallons of water,
which can be dumped on people waiting in line below (each rider has 4
gallons). There are also water canons on the ground which are used to
shoot at riders on the coaster.
Cyclops (Huss Enterprise) is
removed at the end of the season.
Conestoga (Huss Flying Carpet)
is removed at the end of the season.
Admission this year is $34.95.
The Claw (Chance Revolution) is added.
(Larson International Flying Scooters) is added in
Visa International kiddie pirate ship ride) is added in
Music Box Way.
Bridge Co kiddie scrambler) is added in Pioneer
Runner (Intamin steel hydraulic-launched Rocket Coaster), is
added for $12.5 million in Pioneer Frontier.
The launch is 0 to 72 miles-per-hour in 2 seconds. Note: This is
the first Rocket Coaster model that features inversions.
year is $37.95. Parking is $7.00.
Turbulence (Interactive Rides Frequent
Faller) is announced as the 2005 addition, then canceled.
this year is $39.95. Parking is $7.00.