Hershey’s Kisses Regatta

“Where else but in Hershey, Pennsylvania, would you find ten thousand rubber Hershey’s Kisses floating in a lazy river raising money to support a great organization like Children’s Miracle Network?”

– Dr. Craig Hillemeier, then chair of the Department of Pediatrics & Medical Director, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, September 9, 2010.

Hershey’s Kisses Regatta was a fundraiser event held at The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. This was Hershey’s version of a rubber duck regatta, replacing a fleet of rubber ducks with rubber Hershey’s Kisses. The event was held to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

The inaugural event was announced on July 28, 2010. It was scheduled for Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 5pm. The event was organized with Children’s Miracle Network through several corporate partnerships. This included Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company and The Hershey Company as the top sponsors, with Kraft Foods and Pepsi as the co-sponsors of the event.

People could purchase tickets for the event through August 20, 2010. These tickets could be bought at a variety of locations ranging from the Children’s Miracle Network office to various Stauffers of Kissel Hill locations.

The purpose of buying a ticket was to “Adopt a Kiss.” 10,000 rubber Hershey’s Kisses were to be placed in the Intercoastal Waterway in The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, and then the first 20 rubber Kisses to cross the finish line were all awarded prizes. Each Kiss had a number printed on the bottom to correspond to the ticket sold to a person.

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This is from Children’s Miracle Network’s Miracle Moments newsletter, fall 2010, page 3. It describes the event and shows two pictures from the “numbering party” a few days before the event.

A single rubber Hershey’s Kiss cost $5. There was an option to buy a “Pucker Pack” for $20. This option included a bonus fifth Kiss and admittance to watch the Regatta in person (the event was not open to the public and rides were not in operation). Prizes for the Regatta included season passes to Hersheypark, gift cards, Pepsi soda for a year, as well as Turkey Hill ice cream and iced tea for a year.

Winners were determined by the first 20 rubber Hershey’s Kisses to cross the finish line in the Intercoastal Waterway. The event raised over $19,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.

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Rubber Hershey’s Kisses all along the side of the Intercoastal Waterway, the day after the first Hershey’s Kisses Regatta, September 10, 2010.

The Second Annual Hershey’s Kisses Regatta was scheduled for a year later, again on a Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5pm. Prices were the same for the tickets and prizes were similar, though a highlighted prize for this second event was winning a Hershey Bears suite for a night.

However, inclement weather caused the event to be scuttled. To determine winners of the event, rubber Hershey’s Kisses were chosen at random. The amount fundraised for this event was never announced.

After the rained-out regatta, the event hasn’t been held since. Here is a video of the 2010 edition of the Hershey’s Kisses Regatta.

Giant Wheel removal | 2004

On February 6, 2017, pictures from 2004 finally resurfaced. These were images of the removal of Giant Wheel, which occurred in November 2004. The pictures were uploaded to the Hersheypark History Group on Facebook.

The pictures were originally uploaded to a Webshots album at this link: http://community.webshots.com/album/208350197uIEtoK (this link redirects to the Webshots main page because it is a deadlink). The original uploader is unknown. The album was removed several days later and wasn’t seen again until February 6, 2017.

I am sharing them here for anyone who is interested. Below is a slideshow of 26 images of Giant Wheel being taken down. The ride was removed from the park.

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The photos below were emailed to me by Chad Hall.

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Sellner Manufacturing Company

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Sellner Manufacturing Company. 

Sellner Manufacturing Company, Inc., was a ride manufacturer based out of Faribault, Minnesota. The company was founded by Herbert W. Sellner in 1923, when Sellner created a water toboggan slide, and then began producing their most well known ride, Tilt-A-Whirl, in 1926. Sellner was acquired by Larson International, Inc., in 2011, when the Sellner family decided to exit the business. A restored Tilt-A-Whirl car sits on a corner in the town of Faribault, a reminder of the classic ride invented there.

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Advertisement; The Billboard, February 27, 1954, page 53.

Hersheypark purchased one ride from Sellner, Tilt-A-Whirl, in 1982. It was installed in Carrousel Circle in 1983, replacing the Monster. The description of the ride in a 1983 press release was:

NEW for Hersheypark’s 1983 season is a TILT-A-WHIRL on which courageous riders are flung around a circular track. The waved construction of the track causes each gondola, and its occupants, to tilt and whirl!

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Tilt-A-Whirl in it’s second location, in Comet Hollow, from 2010. Photo courtesy of Shawn Marie Mann.

Tilt-A-Whirl was relocated to Comet Hollow in 1995, replacing the Chance Rides manufactured Rotor. Tilt-A-Whirl remained in this spot until 2011, when construction for Skyrush was beginning. The ride was relocated back to it’s original spot in Founder’s Circle (Carrousel Circle was renamed Founder’s Circle in 2005).

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Tilt-A-Whirl, shortly after being reinstalled in its original Founder’s Circle location (now called Founder’s Way, originally Carrousel Circle), in 2012. Photo courtesy of Shawn Marie Mann.


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Pioneer Frontier Food Court

Constructed in 1985, Pioneer Frontier Food Court has been a focal area in Pioneer Frontier. A number of food places, rides, a performing gazebo, and even a general store have been in the food court. This is a history of this area of the park. 

The Lingle House

In 1913, the first building that is part of Pioneer Frontier Food Court was constructed. The property was sold from Milton S. Hershey to Abraham T. Heilman (Hersheypark’s second general manager) with the deed being transferred on August 23, 1913. The house was constructed shortly thereafter by Hershey Improvement Company.

This house would be sold to Harvey Curry in October 1914. Curry sold the house to Edward Lingle in March 1915 – the house remained in the Lingle family until Millard and Elsie Lingle sold the house to Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company (then called HERCO, Inc.) on May 2, 1980. The property was purchased for $115,000.00 ($335,854.43 adjusted for inflation). The last address this house had (it was split as a duplex) was 71 and 73 West Derry Road.

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A copy of the deed for the Lingle house, available in Dauphin County Records Office. This deed was sold to Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company (then called HERCO, Inc.) from Millard and Elsie Lingle in 1980.

Other developments prior to 1985

In 1972, a section of West Derry Road between Park Avenue and Park Boulevard was closed to thru traffic. Another road, Strawberry Lane was eventually closed to thru traffic as well.  There were a handful of houses in this section of Hershey, and it wasn’t until the early 80s when Hersheypark was able to consolidate the lots into one property. In 1980, the first rides north of Derry Road were installed – Cyclops and Pirat. Dry Gulch Railroad was modified for the first time, the station being relocated to make way for a new pathway to connect to Cyclops.

In 1982, CinemaVision was installed further north of Cyclops. At the same time, a new catering area was introduced. Themed after Pirat, it was called Pirat Cove Catering. In 1984, this was renamed Dry Gulch Galley Catering, in part because Dry Gulch Railroad had been expanded and this catering area was now inside the Dry Gulch oval. This was part of the first phase of the Pioneer Frontier expansion in 1984.

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Pirate Cove Catering, in what is Pioneer Frontier Food Court today, in 1982. CinemaVision is the domed building at the top left.

For the 1985 season, Hersheypark planned to add a food court to the area where Dry Gulch Galley Catering was. The plan was to relocate the catering area across from the food court – which it was. Dry Gulch Galley Catering would be relocated one more time, to Trailblazer Hollow in 1991, being renamed Trailblazer Catering, when Sidewinder was installed in the Dry Gulch Galley Catering area.

An expansion study was surveyed by the park in late 1984 to consider options for continuing Pioneer Frontier expansion. Two options were proposed, one which included the installation of several additional rides beyond what was ultimately added to the food court, as well as several extra pavilions to be added to Dry Gulch Galley Catering in 1986. Ultimately the park went with the modified option that made the area a food court.

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An expansion study for Hersheypark, filed in late 1984 to the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Office of Records. Proposed rides called for the two that were relocated to Pioneer Frontier Food Court in 1985 (Wells Cargo and Livery Stables) as well as the addition of three other rides in 1985. Trabant would be relocated to Pioneer Frontier Food Court in 1986, meaning two rides proposed for this area were never installed. This proposal also called for a bandstand to be installed, for the 1985 season, in the spot later developed for Frontier Flyers in 2003.

The rides in Pioneer Frontier Food Court

Two rides were placed in Pioneer Food Court in 1985 – the kiddie Whip named Whipperoo and the Antique Mini-Carrousel were placed in buildings across from each other near the General Store in the back part of the food court. Whipperoo was rethemed Wells Cargo and Antique Mini-Carrousel was rethemed Livery Stables.

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Pioneer Frontier Food Court on a 1985 map of Hersheypark. The purple circle on the top left represents Wells Cargo and the purple circle in the bottom center represents Livery Stables. (On the map, these small circles represented kiddie rides – the color purple represented all rides. Orange represented retail and yellow represented food stands.)

Wells Cargo was relocated to Dutch Wonderland for the 2003 season and Livery Stables was relocated outside of the food court area in a newly developed area between Dry Gulch Railroad and the old general store building. Frontier Flyers was placed in this area, along with Mini Scrambler.

A third ride was added to the food court in 1986 – Trabant was relocated from its original location adjacent Fender Bender. Trabant was rethemed Rodeo. It was relocated to the former Timber Rattler location when that ride was removed after the 1987 season. Rodeo was later relocated to Dutch Wonderland, in 2009, when The Boardwalk SeaQuel was added.

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Pioneer Frontier Food Court on a 1988 map of Hersheypark.

With a hole left in the food court for a season, Balloon Flite was relocated to the food court in 1989, when it was relocated from the same spot Trabant had been adjacent Fender Bender. Balloon Flite was eventually placed in storage in 2003, to make way for the launch track for Storm Runner. Balloon Flite was reinstalled in Founder’s Circle in 2005.

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Pioneer Frontier Food Court on a 1990 map of Hersheypark.

Sidewinder was installed in 1991, in the location where Dry Gulch Galley Catering had been. Sidewinder is a boomerang rollercoaster manufactured by Vekoma. Sidewinder starts by pulling the train in reverse from the station up a lift hill. The train is then released, going through a cobra roll and then a loop. The train runs up a second lift hill and is then pulled up the hill. The train is released and you go through the ride backwards.

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Sidewinder in 2013. Photo courtesy of Shawn Marie Mann.

Food, Souvenirs, Ephemera

After the house was transferred to Hersheypark management after the purchase of the Lingle house in 1980, it was initially used for storage. When the food court was created, this house was repurposed into Spring Creek General Store.  It was converted into Country Christmas Shop in 1995. In 2000, it became Amtrak Train Garden. In 2002, it was converted into Subway when Subway in Minetown was replaced with a Wok-n-Roll.

Much like there was a bandstand proposed in the 1985 expansion study, a gazebo bandstand was installed in the middle of the seating area in the food court, rather than behind the General Store.

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Pioneer Frontier Food Court on a 2004 map of Hersheypark. 

Taco Shell probably was in Hersheypark starting in 1985, when the food court was built. It then appears on park maps beginning in 1987, as the quality of their map and brochure significantly increased from the previous two seasons. Taco Shell, a generic taco stand, would remain in the park through the 1991 season. In 1992, Hersheypark converted the stand into a Taco Bell. In 2004, the Taco Bell branding was removed and a new taco stand replaced it – Tumbleweed’s Tacos. This stand was converted into The Outpost in 2015.

Adjacent to that building was an ice cream stand. It became a Ben & Jerry’s when Ben & Jerry’s became a sponsor in 1990. When that agreement ended, the ice cream stand became a Turkey Hill Creamery. That building was split into two parts, the other half eventually being a coffee place called Latte Tude. It became Panini Express in 2010. In 2015, it was transformed into Pioneer Pete’s, a fruit smoothie stand, which was a relocated food stand that had been next to Mixed Grill.

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Pioneer Frontier Food Court, in 2016. Photo courtesy of Shawn Marie Mann.

The building that housed Wells Cargo was converted into Wurstburg Grill for the 2003 season; this food stand has been the same since. The building that housed Livery Stables became Mixed Grill in 2003. Mixed Grill was converted into Moe’s Southwest Grill in 2015.

A small building next to Livery Stables housed a glass blower and blacksmith shop, as well as souvenir etchings. This was redeveloped into Pioneer Pete’s, a fruit smoothie stand. This building was torn down when Moe’s was constructed (although it erroneously appears on park maps in 2015 and 2016).

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Pioneer Frontier Food Court on a 2015 map of Hersheypark.

The building next to that was also part of the blacksmith and glassblowing retailers in the food court. In 1991, it became Sidewinder Sizzler. This was renamed The Whistle Stop in 2003. In 2016, this became the second Chickie’s & Pete’s location in the park. The first location is near The Boardwalk in Midway America.

One other location in the food court is just on the outskirts next to Sidewinder – that is a Dippin’ Dots ice cream stand. This ice cream stand was simply a movable cart (these are placed at various locations around the park).


This was a history of Pioneer Frontier Food Court, which opened in 1985 and continues to exist to this day inside Hersheypark. If you are interested in other articles about Pioneer Frontier or the expansion of Hersheypark north of old West Derry Road, click here

TBT #32 | Hersheypark 1983 updates

In 1983, Hersheypark introduced a new ride which replaced the Monster – Tilt-A-Whirl. The park also introduced a new restaurant – Tudor Rose Grill. This was the season following the introduction of two new rides in Spring Creek Hollow and the CinemaVision theater in Odyssey Alley – both regions were new named areas for 1982, but not considered themed areas.

This can be seen no further than a description of Hersheypark and it’s theme areas from the 1983 press kit. A section titled “If you could picture Hersheypark…” lists all seven theme areas, and makes a reference to Spring Creek Hollow, the last such reference to the name of that area. (From 1984-1989, the name Spring Creek Hollow doesn’t exist – in 1990, the area is named Comet Hollow.)

On another section describing amenities in Hersheypark, the Lost Children’s Caboose is mentioned. It is mentioned being located in Odyssey Alley.

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From a section of the press kit about park amenities, you can spot a rare reference to “Odessey Alley” (spelled Odyssey Alley on the 1982-84 Hersheypark Souvenir Map Book).

Tudor Rose Tavern was a retheming of a restaurant in the Tudor Square area of the park. Prior to this point the restaurant didn’t get much promotion or attention. This became the park’s first proper indoor, sit-down restaurant upon being converted into the Tudor Rose. In later years, it would be renamed Pippin’s, Tudor Grill, and Hersheypark Place.

Water Technology, Incorporated

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Water Technology, Incorporated. 

Water Technology, Inc, or WTI, is a engineer and manufacturer of swimming pools and waterpark attractions. WTI is based in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and has been in operation since 1983.

WTI manufactured two water rides for Hersheypark – The Shore and Intercoastal Waterway. The design for the rides were created by WhiteWater West Industries. These two rides replaced Canyon River Rapids, which had been in the park from 1987-2008. Called The Boardwalk SeaQuel, the first expansion to The Boardwalk, which opened in 2007, the area also included cabanas and a restaurant.

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Promotional material for The Boardwalk II The SEAQuel.

The Shore is wave pool that has a surface area of 22,620 square feet. It can hold 377,917 gallons of water. The depth of the water ranges from 0 feet to 5 feet.

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The first aid and restrooms building at The Shore, 2009. Photo courtesy of Shawn Marie Mann.

Intercoastal Waterway is a lazy river that holds 451,718 gallons of water and is 1360 feet long. It has a depth of 2.5 feet, with a surface area of 24,081 square feet.

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Hersheypark plan for The Boardwalk expansion for 2009.

The entire SeaQuel project was estimated to cost $17.6 million. The expanded area opened in 2009. The Boardwalk would be updated a third time in 2013, with Roller Soaker being replaced by Shoreline Sprayground.


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1980 Hersheypark expansion

Today’s article is about Hersheypark’s first expansion north of old West Derry Road since becoming a gated park in 1971. This kicked off a process of expansion that would extend the park north to Hersheypark Drive – a process which would take enough years to get you to the end of the century. 

In 1979, Hersheypark began planning to expand north of old West Derry Road for the first time in the park’s modern era. Prior to when the park was gated, the park was advertised as having 1000 acres of land. Even at one time, this included a ride on Swatara Creek at the Hershey Boat House behind The Hotel Hershey.

However, when the park was gated, this reduced Hersheypark to 65 acres, as not only was the areas including Hersheypark Arena and Stadium outside the park fence, but so was the old Hershey Park Zoo that had been closed in 1970. In 1978, Hersheypark reincorporated the old zoo as a new theme area, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, giving the park 10 acres of land from that area. The following year, plans were drawn to expand the park further.

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1980 Expansion Plans show the expansion tract between the closed roads West Derry Road and Strawberry Alley. The ride labeled to be removed was Tip Top. The existing ride to the left of that is Starship America.

These plans called for relocating the Dry Gulch Railroad station and some the track. It called for the removal of Tip-Top, and the addition of two new rides – Pirat and Cyclops. The area included a new food stand and restroom across from Music Box Theater, totally renovating the area that served as the main entrance to Hersheypark in 1972.

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This plan shows how the park was going to renovate the area, relocated the DGRR train station, and where the existing track was going to be relocated. It even includes the original location of the Little Red Caboose. Take note that Pirat was labeled “Sea Dragon” which was the Chance Rides version of Pirat.

Based on the plan above, you can see that Pirat was placed just south of where old West Derry Road had been. Pirat is a HUSS Maschinenfabrik pendulum ride fashioned to be an old pirate ship. The ride is still in Hersheypark today.

The area for expansion was essentially split into two parts, with a midway going down the middle. On the west side was Cyclops, a HUSS Maschinenfabrik Enterprise ride. On the east side was the relocated track of Dry Gulch Railroad. Cyclops was originally blue; by the 1990s it was repainted a dark red color.

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Cyclops and the relocated section of Dry Gulch Railroad and station were the primary uses of the new expanded area.

In 1982, this tract of land would be expanded further north, when Cinemavision theater was added. In later years, Pioneer Frontier, Midway America, The Boardwalk, and later Laff Trakk, the park’s thirteenth existing roller coaster would be added.


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Midway America expansion

Today’s article is about the Midway America expansion Hersheypark underwent over seven years (1996-2002). This article provides plans which are on file for the public at the Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds Office. This is an overview of the expansion; there will be future articles about the rides in this area that will provide more detail about them. 

When Hersheypark began expanding north of old Derry Road, in 1980, the first plans only looked at the immediate area north of Dry Gulch Railroad, adjacent Hersheypark Arena. This was right where old West Derry Road had been, as well as old Strawberry Alley.

However, the park had already started growing towards that area when, in 1976, the park added a maintenance building (which is still there today). At the time the park wanted to add the building, the land was owned by the Hershey Trust Company rather than HERCO (today called Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company).

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1975 plan of lands that will later become Pioneer Frontier, Midway America, and The Boardwalk. Hersheypark Stadium is to the left. The land, at the time, was divided into two tracts.

This land was located between Hersheypark Stadium, Hersheypark Drive (then called Airport Road), Park Avenue, and Strawberry Alley. This land was divided into two tracts, the maintenance building being developed on tract 1. The property was then transferred to HERCO and consolidated into two tracts – one tract is what included the maintenance building and the area behind it (today a parking lot) and the other tract is what eventually becomes Pioneer Frontier, Midway America, and The Boardwalk.

When Hersheypark planned out their expansion for the 1980 season, none of these lands were included. By the time plans for Canyon River Rapids were being drawn up in 1986, however, the entire area north of the new Pioneer Frontier area was included on the plot for the park.

Canyon River Rapids site plan, 1986.

Site plan for project site of Canyon River Rapids, 1986. Plot includes the entire area which now has the areas of Midway America and The Boardwalk, as well as the northern edge of Pioneer Frontier.

In 1989, Hersheypark began planning for an expansion beyond the northern end of Pioneer Frontier. The concept included four new roller coasters, a variety of flat rides, and a new amphitheater. (The amphitheater would never be built.)

These plans were drawn up for long term development – indicating construction wouldn’t begin until 1994 at the earliest.

Phase 1: Wildcat

As it turned out, construction began in 1995, with the announcement of Midway America and Wildcat. This was Phase I of the addition of Midway America. The theme of Midway America was meant to recall an old 1920’s, 1930’s feel with classic music being played to fit the area. Buildings were constructed to fit the theme.

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Midway America – Phase 1 expansion site plan, 1995. Wildcat was the only ride planned for the initial phase of Midway America expansion.

Wildcat was the first rollercoaster designed and manufactured by Great Coasters International, Incorporated, of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. This was the first wooden coaster installed in Hersheypark since the installation of Comet in 1946, the first time Hersheypark had two wooden roller coasters at the same time, and was the third wooden coaster the park installed.

That first coaster, installed in 1923 and removed after the 1945 season, was The Wild Cat. This GCI Wildcat was named for the original. A slogan was used, “The Cat is back!”

Phase 2: Midway America now has more than one ride!

In 1997, Hersheypark added Phase 2 of Midway America. This included a Ferris Wheel, Whip, and the relocation of several kiddie rides. Plans originally called for another circular plaza to be installed, but this was never done and that path was simply straightened.

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Midway America – Phase 2, plan from 1996.

Phase 2 called for the re-installation of Miniature Train, making it the first time the ride had been permanently installed in the park since 1971, where it had been placed near Comet and Hershey Park Ball Field.

The additions of Whip and Ferris Wheel served as recalls to rides Hersheypark once had – a Mangels Whip and Eli Bridge Twin Ferris Wheels. The Whip was manufactured by Rideworks, of Florida, and Ferris Wheel was manufactured by Chance Rides.

Phase 3: The Hersheypark Fair

In 1999, Hersheypark introduced Phase 3, the Hersheypark Fair. The biggest change with this plan was the location of Frog Hopper, which was originally planned to be placed on the opposite side of where it actually was installed. A new roller coaster was installed in this area, Wild Mouse. Manufactured by MACK Rides GmbH, this was a standard park model mouse.

This was the first time Hersheypark installed roller coasters in back-to-back years, as Great Bear had been installed in Minetown the season before. (There were two years Hersheypark installed two roller coasters at the same time – the Twin Tower Toboggans in 1972 and Mini-Comet and Trailblazer in 1974.)

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Midway America – Phase 3, plan from 1998. Take note of the location of Frog Hopper. This plan shows it was originally intended to be on the opposite side from where it actually was installed.

This expansion included the addition of a Chance Rides Chaos – Chaos would only be operated from the 1999 season to the 2005 season when it was removed to make way for The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, which opened in 2007. Most of the food trailers installed for the Hersheypark Fair were removed after the 2014 season.

The addition of Music Express served as a recall to another ride Hersheypark once had, Himalaya.

Project 2000: Lightning Racer

In late 1999, Project 2000 was announced: Lightning Racer. Lightning Racer was designed by GCI, as Wildcat had. Lightning Racer used GCI’s relatively new Millennium Flyer trains. This was the third consecutive year Hersheypark installed a roller coaster.

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Midway America – Project 2000, the fourth phase of Midway America expansion.

Lightning Racer is a racing-dueling coaster with two tracks. One side is called Lightning, and the other side is called Thunder. The mid-course tunnel originally included a water element which was turned off after a year or two.

Attraction 2002: Roller Soaker

In late 2001, Hersheypark began teasing a new ride. Called Attraction 2002, the ride was a water coaster. A public contest was held, and the ride was named Roller Soaker. Roller Soaker was manufactured by Setpoint Inc., of Ogden, Utah.

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Midway America – Attraction 2002, the fifth and final phase of Midway America expansion.

The ride was known for it’s technical difficulties – although it was popular due to the water elements on the ride. The ride remained in the park through the 2012 season, when it was removed.

One area of Midway America remained undeveloped for several years. This space was first used for a sitting area for the NightLights Laser Show that was installed in the park in 2001. The show was discontinued in 2004 after the screen was significantly damaged in a storm. That field would later be developed into The Boardwalk.


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KL Industries

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about KL Industries. 

In 1982, Hersheypark renovated the hollow into Spring Creek Hollow. One of the rides added were Paddleboats. This ride was manufactured by KL Industries, of Muskegon, Michigan.

The paddleboats Hersheypark had were of KL’s Sundolphin brand, the first year KL began making these kind of boats. The boats Hersheypark had were a Sun Dolphin 3 seater pedal boat. KL continues making these kind of boats, as well as a variety of other boats under several other brands.

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Boats for Paddleboats in the storage area, 2006.

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Paddleboats dry dock and wet dock, 2006.

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Paddleboats were originally orange, to fit the orange theming of Spring Creek Hollow, circa 1985.

Paddleboats was an extra-charge ride, meaning you had to pay money in order to ride it. The ride typically cost five dollars per rider over the years. In the ride’s final season, 2006, it cost six dollars per rider.

When a group would pay to ride the Paddleboats, you would then go to the dock where there was a floating dock. Boats would be loaded between the dry tock and floating dock. Attendants would help keep the boat steady so guests could get in the boat. Up to three people were allowed in a boat. You were permitted to boat from the low bridge near Comet all the way to Comet’s bridge over Spring Creek. There were signs at either end of the area which told people to not go beyond those points.


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Frederiksen Industries, Inc.

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Frederiksen Industries. 

Frederiksen Industries, Inc., a ride manufacturer based in Tampa, Florida, is known for making a type of slide called Fun Slide. Frederiksen began producing fun slides in August 1987 and the company continues making them to this day.

Hersheypark has two of these Fun Slides, a 90 foot model on a trailer and a 90 foot park model. The trailer model was purchased in September 1998. The park model was purchased in December 1998. The trailer model was used for Christmas Candylane in 1998, and then both slides were installed as as part of the Midway America expansion in 1999.

Until Midway America was included in Christmas Candylane in 2016, the trailer model was relocated to an open area of the park during Candylane, either somewhere in Pioneer Frontier or the Hollow.

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Merry Derry Dip Fun Slides, as seen in 2013. Photo courtesy Shawn Marie Mann. 

Hersheypark named their slides Merry Derry Dip Fun Slides. The name was an homage to a proposed name for sooperdooperLooper, Merry Derry Dip. This was not the first slides the park had – Hersheypark previously had a slide called Magic Carpet Giant Slide from 1969-1972.


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