I remember taking the tour around 1973. So it was even before the park began its expansion beyond the old Arena/Derry St. The tour was of the factory you go past on the Monorail ride.
Our tour was part of my 7th grade class trip. The bus dropped us off along Chocolate Ave. and the tour was a walk through. I remember some of the smartass kids in my class wanted to try throwing pennies in the vats of chocolate-- I guess that's one of the reasons they stopped the real tours (along with other health and insurance concerns I'm sure).
After we got our candy bar, the bus took us over to the park. I think we got dropped off in front of the arena. We spent the rest of the day getting shoved around by teenage and young adult line jumpers. I actually had such a horrible time, I didn't go back to Hershey for more than 20 years.
"How do you do, really glad to meetcha. Fine, how are you, happy as I greetcha, blah blah blah blah, pretty good, sure as you're born."
"Everybody's got a laughing place, a laughing place, to go oh oh. Take that frown turn it upside down..."
"Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My oh my what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine heading my way. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder, it's the truth. It's factual. Everything is satisfactual..."
*** Edited 1/7/2006 6:12:43 AM UTC by Michael Darling***
On this magic niiiiiight, a million stars are right beside you, cast a spell of liiiight, glimering, shimmering never fading....
Micheal, isn't it "pretty good show us your bong"? Reason why I ask is because in the last scene of WDW's SM there is a bong. I'll have to find my picture of it so you can see it. I laughed my butt off when I saw it because we had been singing the song incorrectly through the entire ride (saying bong) and then there WAS THE BONG!!! :)