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!
Over the history of Hersheypark, there have been 151 rides installed to this date in 2017. The park was in operation for two seasons before an amusement ride debuted: a Herschell-Spillman carousel.
Unlike most of the rides to follow, this Herschell-Spillman carousel was a small, used model. Within four years (1912), it was replaced by a larger, brand new Dentzel carousel. That ride would remain in the park until 1944. Interestingly, the Dentzel was replaced by a used Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel which the park continues to operate today.
With that being said, these two carousels are two of twelve rides which the park purchased used or rented.
There is also unique circumstance in which the park purchased a ride new, sold it, rented it, and bought it back used.
Click here to see the list of used rides Hersheypark purchased.
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).
Here is a great video I found that was in the public domain. This was cut from a larger video, but this is all of what was filmed in Hersheypark on June 23, 1975! This provides great views of the park that everyone can enjoy!
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