transition years

Hersheypark entrance | 1973 – 2019

Hersheypark’s most well known entrance was Tudor Castle. The castle – constructed between 1972 and 1973 – opened on May 20, 1973. It operated for its final time on January 1, 2019. Why a new entrance? Tourism was growing quickly in Hershey. The Hershey Company, then Hershey Foods Corporation, anticipated that they would have one …

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What Could Have Been | Hersheypark in 1974

In mid-1973, Hersheypark was facing two issues – the 1973 Oil Crisis and cost overruns from the first two phases of renovations. While the 1973 season would become the first season Hersheypark saw over 1 million visitors, the economic crisis and cost overruns forced park management to reconsider the plans R. Duell had provided to …

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