Posted Thursday, July 25, 2019 11:03 AM | Contributed by TR
From the park:
Candymonium is the tallest, fastest, longest, and sweetest coaster in Hersheypark. From the distinctive Hershey’s candy theme to the memorable thrills around every turn, we’ve masterfully assembled the finest ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster. Candymonium opens inside Hershey’s Chocolatetown summer 2020!
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Milk chocolate had been an high end luxury item, Milton Hershey made it available to the masses https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_S._Hershey
Now it's the crappy chocolate, second to proper dark chocolate. 🍫😱
Hm RCMAC is right. The town was built on chocolate. Milton Hershey was wealthy and very concerned about the well being of his employees.
Fun facts: he chose Hershey, a small town, to build his factory as it was close to railroads. What is the Hersheypark we know today was originally a place employees could go to for a picnic or for baseball games.
And the area has a rich dairy heritage- plenty of cows with plenty of delicious milk. So it was a win-win and made the production plentiful. (I rode the Chocolate Ride. A lot. There’s free candy at the end. Exit through the gift shop.)
Milton also developed a boy’s school, serving underprivileged young men. The school operates today for young men and women. He is revered there and left quite a legacy.
It's nice to have a park that doesn't hate poor people.
Have you seen their food prices?
The school, the chocolate company, and the amusement park (and related properties) have an interesting and tangled relationship. The trust that manages the school and other charitable activities is, from what I can see, the sole owner of the park and hotels and other properties (Hershey Entertainment and Resorts) and has a $13 billion with a B endowment. It also owns 40% of the chocolate company (The Hershey Company). That's led to some conflicts between what might be good for the town and the school, what's good for the trust (it apparently has in the past wanted to diversify its investments), and what's good for the chocolate company shareholders. And yet, It seems to me it's very much in the school's interest to have an appealing and economically thriving town as an environment for students. It's also in the trust's interest to keep a strong and independent Hershey brand to support the brand of the amusement park and resort properties it owns. It's a complicated situation.
A slightly confusing summary is here:
Lately they seem to want to market their candy more than creating themed experiences.
well, I mean... that IS kind of the whole point or Hersheypark and/or most of the town of Hershey.
Have you seen their food prices?
Have you EATEN their food? We went to the smokehouse underneath Storm Runner. Smelled AMAZING. My stomach was growling the whole time we waited. Split 1/2 chicken, brisket, ribs, and sides between 6 of us. It was AWFUL. We threw most of it in the trash.
I was passing through Hershey for business earlier in the week. Didn't make it through the gate. Too damn hot to buy chocolate. But did take some a little time to walk around the Chocolate World/new entrance construction. I also sat down at Parkside Cafe/Hotel for a bit. What a cool little divey, historic looking bar. Cheap beers too.
I was stuck by how much they have blown away and opened up the whole entrance area. Gone is the ye olde village and all the trees. Entirely.
Brake run is up for the new ride which will run along the creek. Interesting to see the century old creek wall infrastructure being modifed for new footers. The back of Skyrush is really exposed and interacts with the entrance midway now. The whole place looks completely different. Not the Hersheypark I remember.
I didn't dig the look but will give the benefit of doubt and make a point to visit next year when its finished.
Downtown Hershey is really blowing up since the redevel of the old chocolate factory. Also another new retail developement on Chocolate Ave which includes a Primanti Brothers, hipster brewery and other modern chains.
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