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Hersheypark will kick off 2021 season with new attractions on April 2

Hersheypark will kick off 2021 season with new attractions on April 2
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From a press release:

Hersheypark has announced its 115th season will begin on Friday, April 2, with a new ticket offer reflecting the best price of the year for vacationers planning to travel in 2021.

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic delayed or canceled many summer plans, but the Hershey, Pennsylvania amusement park was able to reopen in July with COVID-19 protocols in place. This year, it will offer three new culinary experiences slated to open early this summer season in the Hershey’s Chocolatetown region of the park.

Best price of the year

Guests can save 40 percent on one-day tickets when they purchase online with the current “Best Price of the Year” offer. For the first time ever, tickets purchased during this sale will be valid on any 2021 public operating day through Jan. 2, 2022. Operating days are detailed here.

Kicking off on April 2, Hersheypark (100 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey) will be open most weekends in April and May, with daily operations from Memorial Day to Labor Day followed by September weekends. The park will also be open in October for select Hersheypark in the Dark weekends and select dates over six weeks in November and December for the Hersheypark Christmas Candylane seasonal event.

Tickets include three parks in one with a wide range of family-friendly and thrill attractions, featuring the new Candymonium hypercoaster, The Boardwalk at Hersheypark water park (open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend) with one million gallons of water, and ZooAmerica North American wildlife park.

New culinary offerings in 2021

Inspired by the vision of chocolate entrepreneur and founder Milton S. Hershey, an all-new, full-service restaurant, bar, and patio; ice cream parlor; and confectionery kitchen will open early this summer season in Hershey’s Chocolatetown.

The Chocolatier restaurant, bar, and patio features past and present pieces from the Hersheypark ride collection, one-of-a-kind views of neighboring attractions, and a second story patio with a bar. The Chocolatier celebrates the life and legacy of Mr. Hershey by continuing to bring people together for happiness, fun and, of course, chocolate.

The Sweeterie confectionery kitchen is led by Chef Cher Harris, a corporate pastry chef offering a curated collection of mouth-watering confections, including chocolate-dipped treats, decadent desserts, signature hand-crafted fudge, and more.

Milton’s Ice Cream Parlor is inspired by Mr. Hershey’s early ventures in sweetness that came before his famous chocolate factory. Expert ice creamologists will craft custom creations from house-made ice cream, Hershey’s candy toppings, decadent sauces, and more.

These additions will complete the $150 million transformational expansion of Hershey’s Chocolatetown. The 23-acre development is home to Candymonium, the tallest, fastest, longest and sweetest coaster at Hersheypark; an entirely reimagined arrival experience; all-new shopping; the first-ever Starbucks inside Hersheypark; and more.

Best rates of the summer

Hersheypark was originally created by Milton S. Hershey as leisure grounds for employees of Hershey’s Chocolate Factory. Today, the family theme park welcomes guests from around the world to experience “Hersheypark Happy” all year long with over 70 rides, including 15 roller coasters; live entertainment; over 20 kiddie rides; water rides; and more. Rides and coasters, an entire water park, and ZooAmerica are all included with one-price Hersheypark admission.

Guests looking to extend their stay in “the sweetest place on Earth” can save up to 40 percent on a getaway, with the best rates of summer available for booking now at the official resorts of Hersheypark: The Hotel Hershey luxury accommodation, the Hershey Lodge resort, and the Hersheypark Camping Resort campground.

Guests can also enjoy savings with popular summer packages like the two-day stay and play package at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge. Free resort benefits include Hersheypark Sweet Start access, indoor and outdoor pools, resort recreation and activities, and more.

With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Hersheypark will sanitize high-touch areas frequently and have sanitization stations throughout the park. The reservation system will follow state guidelines on capacity, and social distancing is reinforced through signage, ground markings, and redesigned guest spaces. All guests over the age of 2 are required to wear face coverings, and everyone should be prepared to undergo touchless temperature screenings prior to entry. These operational adjustments may change as guidance and requirements from various government agencies and industry organizations continue to evolve.