Hersheypark FAA filing suggests 220-foot tall ride

Posted Friday, September 14, 2018 9:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Hersheypark will make its "biggest announcement ever" in October, and it appears those plans might include a hypercoaster. According to an FAA filing, Hersheypark sought, and received, approval for construction of a new coaster with a height of 220 feet -- eight feet taller than Skyrush, the park's tallest coaster.

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Monday, October 8, 2018 2:56 PM

I also always thought Hershey had one of the nicest park entrances, both inside and outside the gate. The exterior always reminded me of how Hersheypark (which is old) used to be, with beautiful, natural landscape leading to the gate. BGW is like that as well. As for Hershey’s interior, there’s the cute shopping street (Tudor Square or something?) then on to Carousel Circle. Since the carousel is set to be relocated, I’d guess this new area encompasses both of those areas and will be more expansive.
I get that modern amenities and wider pathways are more comfortable for large crowds, but this seems dangerously close to the Cedar Fair entrance plazas we’ve seen in a couple of places. Nice, but kind of charm-free.

I’ve said his before, but Hersheypark, for all it’s worth, is still one of the strangest amusement park experiences I’ve come across. Since the 70’s they’ve done a good job modernizing the place with lots of new rides and attractions but I wish I could’ve seen the place in the 50’s or 60’s. A lot of the great vintage stuff they had went to the scrap heap and new areas of the park has always seemed like a bizarre add-on or some kind of afterthought. Or, at the very least, without much thought toward the future while keeping a nod to the past.


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