Hersheypark Update | July 15, 2017

With Park Boulevard being rerouted in 2016, a segment of old Park Boulevard was abandoned that is adjacent the main entrance of Hersheypark.

On July 6, Hersheypark began posting clues on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and on their website, hersheypark.com/2018/. Clues will be posted prior to the August 8 announcement teased at the end of June. There are six clues total, and the first three clues have been posted, so far.

The clues for this viral marketing game are rebuses, which uses pictures to represents words, or parts of words.  It is essentially a code. The object for the player is to solve what the sentence says. Because the clues have already been released and solved, I provide the answers in addition to the clues as well.


Clue 1 of 6

Posted on July 6, 2017.

Clue 001 More Water

Answer: We’re adding more water to the Boardwalk.

Here is the key to the answer: We’re [add = adding] [smore – s = more] [watch – ch = wat, wat + r = watr, watr = water] [2 = to] the [surfboard – surf = Board][walk].

Clue 2 of 6

Posted on July 10, 2017.

Clue 002 Light

Answer: There is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Here is the key to the answer: [Th + air = There] is a [light bulb = light] [at symbol = at] the [friend – fr = iend, iend = end] [dove – d= ove, ove = of] the [funnel – f = unnel, unnel + t = tunnel].

Clue 3 of 6

Posted on July 14, 2017.

Clue 3 [Mobile]

Answer: It’s a race to the finish.

Here is the key to the answer: It’s [erase – r = rase, rase = a race] [tooth + e = toothe, toothe = to the] [fin + (fish – f = ish) = fin + ish = finish].


Local media

On July 7, the day after Hersheypark posted their first clue, PennLive posted a new article from their website on Facebook asking the question “Is Hersheypark expanding?”

Speaking of which, there has been more surveying at Hersheypark. Let’s take a look at that below!


Maps of markers in Hersheypark

I added a handful pictures to the map, which you can see below. This map has now been updated with photos of new markers that have been placed in the old pool area. Meanwhile, new markers have been placed in and around the area that is anticipated to be used for the new attractions Hersheypark is teasing.

What this means for this area of what now is directly part of Hersheypark’s property remains unknown for the time being.

Take a look at the map below to see pictures provided by Matthew Meckley in the Disney Lovers at Hersheypark group on Facebook. One photo was also provided by W Geoffrey Miller who was at Hersheypark on July 10. It is a photo of surveyors doing sampling work.



Hersheypark also began placing similar markers in The Boardwalk region of the park. The area impacted so far appears to be mostly where part of the park’s only water coaster, Roller Soaker, once stood.

Roller Soaker was a steel, suspended, roller coaster in which you carried a bucket of water to drop on “unsuspecting” people below the ride. The ride was installed in 2002 and removed following the 2012 season, after having many maintenance issues throughout that ten year period.

Here is another map showing markers from this area of the park, with pictures provided by Matthew Meckley in the Disney Lovers at Hersheypark group on Facebook.

New markers appeared in this area, so this map has been updated.



One other thing

One other thing I should note – the 2017 additions to Hersheypark included the new Hershey Triple Tower and a new restaurant, Chick-Fil-A. The last big addition to the park was a crazy new soda concoction stand called BBLz (a stylized version of the word bubbles). BBLz opened on July 4, which I wrote about several days later. It’s a really interesting concept that Pepsi created a couple of years ago.

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Check out this article about BBLz to learn more about Hersheypark’s last addition for the 2017 season.


This article is part of a series of Hersheypark Update articles which will be added when necessary. The updates to this area are pretty historically significant given that Hershey Park Pool, Starlight Ballroom, and Hershey Creamery used to be in this area. However, with the addition of markers appearing in The Boardwalk, in the area where Roller Soaker used to stand, I will also have updates on that area as necessary. Keep checking back for more! 

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