Hershey Park - Preview Plan

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 10:58 AM
I'm planning on going to Hershey in about 2 weeks and we have already purchased our tickets. On the site it says if you purchase your tickets for the next day 3.5 hours before closing they will let you in to preview the park. Do you know if this applies if you have bought your tickets ahead of time? We will be staying near Hershey that night so we would like to get in the night prior to our full day stay. Sorry if this topic has come up before - any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 11:09 AM
I don't know about advance sale tickets, but that is a great offer. I used it in 2000, one thing they don't make clear: save your parking receipt from the first visit, if you enter after the preview begins they should stripe it with two different color markers, if that is the case, you can park on day 2 for free. At least that's what happend in 2000. YMMV.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 11:12 AM
Ok dude READ what you posted ...

If you purchase your tickets for the next day 3 1/2 hours before close the day before, you get in.

That would mean you can't get in on advanced tickets by the site's own wording.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 11:23 AM
We purchased our tickets ahead of time and were allowed in for the preview. Just go to the advance sales/season pass line 3 1/2 hours before closing and show them your ticket. We were also allowed to park for free the next day as Dave mentioned. Tell them at the booth that you are going in for the preview.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 12:04 PM
See I purchased ahead of time one time and was turned away. Guess it depends on who you get at the window ...
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 12:12 PM
See Impulse-ive, I've heard of people getting in with advance tickets and I wondered if that was the case, if it was a fluke, or if we should not even bother trying to get in with our advance tickets. Thanks jimster - has anyone else got in on advance tickets?
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 12:29 PM
I would highly suggest emailing them (their email is on their website) and asking the question. That way (assuming they say that you can do it) you have a written communication from them saying that it was okay to do...thus you shouldn't have too much of a problem at the front gate.


Tuesday, July 27, 2004 2:28 PM
I went last summer last week of June and we had to park twice.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 10:56 PM
We were just there and bought our tickets two days before and got in the day before for we actually went for Preview. All they do is stamp your ticket PREVIEW so you can't abuse the preview special. And as for 3 1/2 hours for preview I would check on this cause it was 2 1/2 hours before the park closed when we went on the 20th of July.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 1:26 AM
Thanks for the help Iggy. I will indeed be e-mailing the park just to check to make sure and like they said above so I can have it in writing.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 8:57 AM
I wish more parks would do this, it is just great to get that extra night at a park. I love Hersheypark, enjoy your trip.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 10:43 AM
Touchdown - I think that is exactly why they do it.

They imagine most people arrive the night before, so why not try to get them to drop on by for a couple hours, they may buy some food, play some games or buy some stuff.

We bought our tickets at the park, and as mentioned above, when you go in for your preivew they merely stamp your tickets, they are collected when you go for your full day visit.

If you do find yourself in Harrisburg a bit early for preview, there is always the Chocolate World ride in the hospitality center that is a free way to pass the time, and you even get a free candy sample. They recently expanded the Chocolate World, but I think some of the new stuff is pay-per-experience. Still a way to pass the time until they start the Free Preview.

David "It's a Hershey's Chocolate, Hershey's Chocolate, Hershey's Chocolate World" Bowers


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