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In 1926, Hersheypark installed their first two kiddie rides, Airplane Swing and Kiddie Ferris Wheel (1926). Nearby, the park installed their first bumper car ride, Skooter. Skooter was located in … Continue Reading Skooter | 1926-1930
This is a look at the original main entrance for Hersheypark from 1906, when the park opened, until 1970, the last year the park operated without a proper gate. In … Continue Reading Hersheypark entrances | 1906 – 1970
James K. Putt – who went by the name Jim – was a chief builder for Milton S. Hershey for the first 25 years of the town of Hershey’s existence. … Continue Reading James K. Putt
After the 1911 season, the popularity of the park’s first carousel required the park to purchase a larger carousel for the park. The original carousel, often called the Merry-Go-Round, was … Continue Reading Hersheypark’s Carrousel | 1912 – 1944
Hersheypark has had several main entrances for the park, with a substantial change occurring over the 1971 to 1973 seasons. The original main entrance for the park was used as … Continue Reading The entrances of Hersheypark
This is part of a short series of articles about Hersheypark’s viral marketing campaigns in 2007 and 2010-2011. To read more about their viral marketing games, click here. The history … Continue Reading Nantimi, Inc.
I was recently asked about a dinosaur themed ride that was at Knoebels. Let’s take a look at the history of the ride called Moon Rocker. According to PennLive, the … Continue Reading Moon Rocker at Knoebels | 1954 – c1958
In 1983, Hersheypark began drafting operations capital requirements for the years 1984 to 1988. What was created wasn’t a plan for the park to follow, just an idea of what … Continue Reading What Could Have Been | Hersheypark in the mid-1980s
Here is your Hersheypark Update for August 15, 2017…and with the main summer season soon wrapping up, this will be my last regular Hersheypark Update post. I will post any … Continue Reading Hersheypark Update | August 15, 2017
I recently wrote about a water ride at Hersheypark called Bike Boats. I wanted to look into the subject of the ride a bit more, so here is a look … Continue Reading Bike Boat | Big Water Sensation of 1930
Hersheypark's first W.F. Mangels Company ride was the Whip, installed in 1937. The Whip was one of several rides mentioned in 1919 as being planned to be added to the … Continue Reading The Whip at Hersheypark | 1937-1975
With Park Boulevard being rerouted in 2016, a segment of old Park Boulevard was abandoned that is adjacent the main entrance of Hersheypark. On July 6, Hersheypark began posting clues … Continue Reading Hersheypark Update | August 1, 2017
This is a biographical profile of Randall A. Duell, one of the preeminent amusement park designers of the 20th Century. But not only was he distinguished for that – he … Continue Reading Randall A. Duell
Hersheypark had a variety of water attractions on Spring Creek over the years. While the park no longer has any (since the end of the 2006 season), this was still … Continue Reading Bike Boats at Hersheypark
On Sunday, July 23, 2017, much of Central Pennsylvania received an unusual amount of rain in a very short time. While Hersheypark was spared of any flooding, Knoebels was not, … Continue Reading Knoebels flood waters