Hersheypark Update | August 15, 2017

Here is your Hersheypark Update for August 15, 2017…and with the main summer season soon wrapping up, this will be my last regular Hersheypark Update post. I will post any others from here on out on an as-needed basis instead of every 15 days or so. 

The Boardwalk: Racer Corner

Hersheypark announced their 2018 attractions on Tuesday, August 8. Two new water rides were announced for The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. Both rides will be manufactured by ProSlide Technology, and located in an area of the waterpark behind Tidal Force, The Shore and Intercoastal Waterway.

With this new addition to The Boardwalk, there should be a new name for the area behind Tidal Force – Racer Corner.  That area will now be between two rides named Racer: Lightning Racer and Whitecap Racer.

Whitecap Logo

Whitecap Racer logo is courtesy of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.

Whitecap Racer is an OctopusRACER mat speed slide complex. This complex will have six slides. The ride is interactive because the race will be timed and riders will be able to see the ride times and which lane won the race.

OctopusRACER fact sheet

OctopusRACER fact sheet from ProSlide.

 

Breakers Edge Water Coaster Logo

Breakers Edge Water Coaster logo is courtesy of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.

Right in the center of Racer Corner will be Breakers Edge Water Coaster. It is the first hybrid of this type to include FlyingSAUCER elements. Previous hybrids had rafts of three people, while Breakers Edge will seat up to four people.

Breakers Edge Water Coaster is not a water roller coaster, however the park is considering this ride it’s 14th coaster, alongside the 13 roller coasters currently in Hersheypark (the most recent addition was Laff Trakk in 2015). Breakers Edge effectively replaces Roller Soaker, which was removed after the 2012 season. This new ride uses the old Roller Soaker station for loading and unloading.

HydroMagnetic Rocket fact sheet

HydroMagnetic Rocket fact sheet from ProSlide.

 

Construction for the rides will begin the day after Labor Day. Labor Day is the last day of The Boardwalk’s operating season.

There have been three previous phases of construction for The Boardwalk at Hersheypark:

  • 2007: The original Boardwalk opened, including four slides on Coastline Plunge.
  • 2009: The Boardwalk SeaQuel opened, which replaced Canyon River Rapids.
  • 2013: The third phase opened, which included finishing Coastline Plunge and adding Shoreline Sprayground.
Aerial Rendering

Whitecap Racer really fills in a lot of the unused space behind The Shore and Intercoastal Waterway. Breakers Edge Water Coaster utilizes the old Roller Soaker station.


Out Front

With Park Boulevard being rerouted in 2016, a segment of old Park Boulevard was abandoned that is adjacent the main entrance of Hersheypark. Since then, a large area of this land has been fenced off, and survey markers have appeared all over the vicinity – from the old pool area along old Park Boulevard all the way into Founders Way by Carrousel Circle.

Maps of markers in Hersheypark

There has not been any changes in the old pool area since August 1. Here is the map of the area to see where all of the markers have been placed to date.  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.



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! 

Hersheypark Update | August 1, 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 since the middle of July, the last three clues have been posted (although the sixth clue isn’t really a rebus, nor a clue).

It’s also worth noting that when the 2018 website first went live, the site header was 2018 Attractions. It has since been changed to 2018 Attraction | Hersheypark.

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 4 of 6

Posted on July 19, 2017.

Clue 004 Fourteen

Answer: This makes number fourteen.

Here is the key to the answer: [T + hiss = This] [May + KS = makes] [hashtag / pound sign = number] [sand castle fort + EEN = fourteen].

Clue 5 of 6

Posted on July 28, 2017.

Clue 5- Double The Fun

Answer: Get Ready To Double The Fun

Here is the key to the answer: Get [read + y = read] [2 = to] [the fun (mirrored) = double the fun].

Clue 6 of 6

The final clue was posted on August 1, 2017. This one really isn’t a clue – just a reiteration of the upcoming announcement on August 8.

Clue 006 Save The Date

Save the Date! August 8, 2017, at 11am on Facebook.

 


Local media

On Tuesday, July 18, York Daily Record posted an article recapping the recent clues for the 2018 attractions.

PennLive also published two articles about the some of the recent clues released.


Maps of markers in Hersheypark

I added a handful pictures to the map, which you can see below. This map has been updated with photos of new markers that have been placed in the old pool area, since July 15. A few more 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.



The Claw

On July 26, an incident on a Fireball ride at the Ohio State Fair caused a number of injuries and one death. Fireball is a type of portable Revolution ride, which is the same kind of ride Hersheypark has – The Claw. Hersheypark’s ride was manufactured by Chance Rides; Chance Rides owns the manufacturing rights to build permanent park models in North America.

Chance purchased those rights from Dutch manufacturer KMG. They continue to manufacture portable fair models, like Fireball at Ohio State Fair.

Hersheypark took the precaution of closing The Claw pending the investigation; the ride reopened on Sunday, July 30.


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! 

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! 

BBLz

PepsiCo BBLz Logo

Get fizzy with it! On July 4, Hersheypark happily debuted the first permanent location of BBLz™, where mixologists – a.k.a. Bubble Makers –combine unexpected flavor bases, custom-blended foams and sweet garnishes to give guests an immersive and delicious beverage experience. What is BBLz? Every BBLz beverage combines a soft drink from Pepsi-Cola’s portfolio, such as…

via BBLz Launches First Permanent Location at Hersheypark — Sweet Stories From @HersheyPA


BBLz in Hersheypark

On July 4, 2017, a new food vending location opened up in Hersheypark. BBLz (a stylized version of the word bubbles), as explained in an article on Sweet Stores From @HersheyPA (link above), was constructed as an addition to the Overlook Arcade / Restaurant, a substantial change to the building which replaced the old penny arcade pavilion in 1990.

This building is located in Kissing Tower Hill, and BBLz is on the side of the building facing Hershey Triple Tower, which opened earlier in 2017. Hersheypark began teasing the addition of BBLz in April 2017.

BBLz at Hersheypark

A conceptualized drawing of BBLz in Hersheypark. (Note: the background is not consistent with how Hersheypark looks, just BBLz and Overlook.)

BBLz is a brand which was trademarked by PepsiCo on May 30, 2017. The concept was developed by PepsiCo, and is named Pepsi Fizz. Fizz debuted at the 6th Annual World Maker Faire New York, September 26-27, 2015.

BBLz is the first permanent installation of the Pepsi Fizz product. On July 17, 2017, PepsiCo issued a press release about BBLz.

BBLz in Shanghai Disneyland

A second BBLz location was found in Shanghai Disneyland, in China. It’s unclear if it was open prior to Hersheypark’s BBLz opening on July 4. However, this location is smaller than Hersheypark’s and has a simpler menu with only 4 options.

BBLz at Shanghai Disneyland

A drawing of the BBLz stand in Shanghai Disneyland. Unlike the one at Hersheypark, this is one story tall.

One option is themed after one of the Tron rides in Shanghai Disneyland (Tron Lightcycle Power Run). That said, the options are somewhat similar to some of what is offered at Hersheypark’s BBLz, although they use 7UP instead of Mist Twst.


To learn more about BBLz at Hersheypark, read the article I shared at the top of this page!

Hersheypark Update | July 1, 2017

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

Just a few days after my last Hersheypark update, several local media groups published articles about possible Hersheypark expansion in the coming years.


PennLive

I would characterize our planning process as being more towards the beginning than the end – with any actual master planning development being years off in the future.

— Garrett Gallia, HE&R spokesman

On June 20, PennLive, a local media outlet for the greater Harrisburg area, published an article about the possibility of a big expansion being in the works for Hersheypark. Titled, Could a big expansion of Hersheypark be coming?, and written by Barbara Miller, the article launches into comments from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company (HE&R; the owner of Hersheypark) spokesman Garrett Gallia.

Most noteworthy, the article quoted: “I would characterize our planning process as being more towards the beginning than the end – with any actual master planning development being years off in the future,” Gallia said.

“As you can imagine, a lot of ideas come and go as part of this process – so there’s nothing that we are really able to report as being ‘final’ at this point,” he said.

The article also quoted Hersheypark spokeswoman Kathy Burrows.

Meanwhile, Hersheypark isn’t yet saying what it has in store for visitors next year.

“It’s a double tip-top secret,” Burrows said. 

Since 2007, Hersheypark has done some sort of viral marketing game to promote the announcement event for a new attraction for the following season. (On June 28, Hersheypark teased they will do this again for what’s coming in 2018.)

The article also mentions: No plans for park expansion have been submitted yet to Derry Township planning commission or supervisors, said Chuck Emerick, township community development director.

The article also takes a detailed look back at the Park Boulevard relocation project which was completed last fall. To read the article on PennLive, click here. It’s worth a read.

Articles from other local media

After the PennLive article was published, several other articles appeared in local media. One was published by LancasterOnline, while the other was published by local television station ABC27.

The ABC27 article, written by Christine McLarty, mentions, The expansion would add about 31 to 38 acres to the amusement park.

The high end, 38 acres, is the full amount of property Hersheypark was able to unify with the Hershey Entertainment Complex after Park Boulevard was relocated in the fall of 2016.

Save the Date

On June 27, Inside Hershey posted a photo featuring a beach ball with text saying “Save The Date 2018 Announcement Tuesday, August 8, 2017.” This would indicate that a new attraction will be going into The Boardwalk.

The following day, Hersheypark posted a picture featuring #Hersheypark2018, telling people to “stay tuned as we reveal clues about what’s coming to Hersheypark next year!”


Maps of markers in Hersheypark

I added a handful pictures to the map, which you can see below. This map has not been updated since June 4, because no new markers have appeared.

  • More markers and control points have appeared in Tram Circle.
  • A separate map, also below, will show a lot of markers that have appeared in The Boardwalk.

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.



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.

No new markers have appeared in this area since June 4, so this map has not been updated.



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! 

Hersheypark Update | June 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.

Since April 30, several things have happened with this area. First, the area is now fenced off, with gates being installed at each end of old Park Boulevard to only allow work-related vehicles onto the site. Surveying has also been ongoing, with the first marker appearing in Founder’s Way near the Dunkin’ Donuts building by Tram Circle.

I added a handful pictures to the map, which you can see below. This is the fifth update for the map, with pictures added from June 4:

  • More markers and control points have appeared in Tram Circle.
  • A separate map, also below, will show a lot of markers that have appeared in The Boardwalk.

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.



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.



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! 

Hersheypark Update | June 1, 2017

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

Since April 30, several things have happened with this area. First, the area is now fenced off, with gates being installed at each end of old Park Boulevard to only allow work-related vehicles onto the site. Surveying has also been ongoing, with the first marker appearing in Founder’s Way near the Dunkin’ Donuts building by Tram Circle.

I added a handful pictures to the map, which you can see below. This is the fourth update for the map, and the pictures added are all from May 19 and May 29.

  • Around May 19, survey markers were placed approaching the main entrance of the park and by Hospitality Services inside the park.
  • Around May 27, additional electrical, water, and communications markings appeared in the park near the Central PA Kosher Mart / old Sky Ride building, as well as in the former Carrousel Circle area.

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.



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. Keep checking back for more!

Hersheypark Update | May 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.

Since April 30, several things have happened with this area. First, the area is now fenced off, with gates being installed at each end of old Park Boulevard to only allow work-related vehicles onto the site. Surveying has also been ongoing, with the first marker appearing in Founder’s Way near the Dunkin’ Donuts building by Tram Circle.

I added a handful pictures to the map, which you can see below. This is the third update for the map, and the pictures added are all from May 6.

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.



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. Keep checking back for more!

Hersheypark Update | April 30, 2017

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

Since early April, a bunch of markers have appeared on this part of old Park Boulevard. Since April 15, fencing has appeared in this same area. A map which I made on April 15 has now been updated with new photos of the fencing.

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.



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. Keep checking back for more!