Hersheypark’s Carrousel | 1945 – present

The featured photo above is courtesy of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.


Ride The New Carrousel

On Sunday, May 20, 1945, a mere twelve days after Germany surrendered to the Allies in World War II, the venerable carousel known as PTC #47, began to operate in Hersheypark.

The first advertisement mentioning Hersheypark’s new Carrousel. Printed in the Lebanon Daily News, May 18, 1945.

This carousel was much more impressive than its past counterpart, the famous Dentzel menagerie carousel which had operated in Hersheypark from 1912 until the end of the 1944 season.

Liberty Heights Park

Hersheypark’s Carrousel was first manufactured for Carlin’s Pavilion at Liberty Heights Park in Baltimore, Maryland. It was installed in August 1919, and debuted on August 9, 1919, just a few days before the grand opening of Liberty Heights Park. Free rides were offered to attract visitors.

The Magnificent New Carousel operates in Hersheypark today. Advert printed in The Baltimore Sun, August 9, 1919, page 16.

Location of the former Liberty Heights Park in Baltimore.

About 10 years later, Liberty Heights (renamed Carlin’s Park) jettisoned the Carrousel. In 1930, it debuted at the new Etta Jennick Park in Auburn, New York.

Etta Jennick Park

The PTC #47 operated at Etta Jennick, named for a shoe manufactured by the owner of the park, from 1930 until World War II, when the park closed. PTC retained the carousel, keeping it in storage. In 1944, Hersheypark agreed to purchase the carousel, as the park needed a bigger carousel.

Since 1945

The Carrousel has operated in Hersheypark since it was installed and debuted on May 20, 1945. The ride was placed in the former Dentzel carousel pavilion atop Spring Creek in what later became Comet Hollow (in fact, Comet was installed the following season, in 1946).

The Carrousel in Comet Hollow in the 1950s.

In 1972, the Carrousel was relocated to the new Carrousel Circle, one of the new theme regions built under the R. Duell renovation plan for Hersheypark. The Carrousel will remain in this location until the end of the 2019 season, when it will be relocated to a new location closer to the new entrance of Hersheypark, in Hershey’s Chocolatetown.

The Carrousel will be relocated to a spot adjacent to the new Main Entrance in 2020.

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