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Hersheypark reopens with $150m Hershey’s Chocolatetown expansion

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Hersheypark has reopened with the $150 million Hershey’s Chocolatetown expansion, which features Candymonium – the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster at Hersheypark.

Hershey’s Chocolatetown, inspired by the legacy of Milton S Hershey, is set across 23 acres and represents the largest investment in Hershey’s history.

In addition, Chocolatetown boasts a reimagined arrival experience, a new home for the historic Carrousel, and the first ever Starbucks within Hersheypark.

It is also home to Hyperdeck, an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience, and Hersheypark Supply Co – a flagship retail experience.

Candymonium has a maximum speed of 76 mph

As for the Candymonium hypercoaster, the ride has a lift height of 210 feet, a maximum speed of 76 mph, a track length of 4,636 feet, and the most airtime of any coaster at Hersheypark.

Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Candymonium begins with an ascent up the tallest hill in Hersheypark in a candy-themed train, including Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Twizzlers.

The ride dips into thrilling drops, including seven camelback hills and a 123-degree hammerhead curve. It ends with a panoramic banked curve around the Kisses Fountain.

Chocolatetown features VR at Hyperdeck

Hersheypark will debut the Kisses Fountain in July, while the Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio, Milton’s Ice Cream Parlor and The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen are set to open in 2021.

“We are so excited to welcome our guests to Hershey’s Chocolatetown and debut Candymonium as part of our summer opening weekend,” said Vikki Hultquist, general manager at Hersheypark.

“From the distinctive Hershey’s candy theme that welcomes guests to our sweetest coaster Candymonium, this is an experience that can only exist in Hersheypark.”

Panoramic banked curve around Kisses Fountain

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In response to the coronavirus crisis, Hersheypark has implemented various health and safety initiatives based on current guidance and requirements issued by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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