When Hersheypark opened for the 1971 season on April 18, 1971, things were quite different. The park was gated, and there were five entrances around the park’s perimeter. Even the name of the park was different, as the park went from being named “Hershey Park” as two words, to one word: “Hersheypark.” (I’ll be writing
1973 Hersheypark Rack Brochure!
If you’re interested in seeing how Hersheypark evolved between the 70s and 80s, here is a video showing the maps of the park for every season between 1972 and 1988 (with the exception of 1976, because a map was never produced that season – as far as I know as of this time).
For Throwback Thursday, here’s an advertisement printed on July 4, 1976, from the construction services companies that worked for Hersheypark during the the 1970s renovations. They were congratulating Hersheypark on its 70th anniversary. The construction services companies seen here are: H.B. Alexander & Son, Inc., Kimbob, Inc., G.R. Sponaugle & Sons, Inc., and John B.