Throwback Thursday

Aerial Joy Ride at Hersheypark

Aerial Joy Ride existed in Hersheypark from 1941 to 1961. It operated at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, and was the second ride the park purchased that operated at a world’s fair. The first ride purchased from a World’s Fair was The Bug, purchased from the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago …

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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: (this link redirects to the Webshots main page because …

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Hersheypark BalloonFest | 1989 – 2002

The featured image seen on social media posts is courtesy of Debra Brooks. The picture is dated circa 1990.  Hersheypark Balloonfest was an event held in October of every year between 1989 and 2002. This event featured approximately 50 hot air balloons that launched from a field adjacent to the parking lots of Hersheypark. Hometown Hot …

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Photo courtesy of Shawn Marie Mann.

History of Hersheypark Halloween

Hersheypark Halloween is Hersheypark’s oldest shoulder season event. It was an event started two years after ZooAmerica opened. This is a look back at the history of this event.  Creatures of the Night | 1980-present Originally started as a one night event on October 31, 1980, Creatures of the Night, is an annual event which occurs …

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