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Postby HPCrazy » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:01 pm

Well the one STITP weekend (the new second one) now falls into that category. But yeah, me and my friend Alex attended the Harley event in 2007 and 08 and we had the park all to ourselves with free parking. Last year, since it concided with STITP, the Harley people were given a free parking pass so they didn't have to pay to park, along with their event ticket. The place was a madhouse. Great Bear had almost a full queue at one point during the day. If Harley does plan on doing the same thing this year, expect at least one day to be really packed.

Why Harley planned their event during that weekend last year, I don't know. At first I thought it was because of SEA-qual construction, but that was all erased when they opened Midway. Then I heard of some other private parties that were going on, so someone else must've took advantage of Harley's timeslot, possibly? Really, I don't know....I've been trying to figure that out as well. ;)

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Postby JEAPUgrad » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:42 am

I use to go to Westinghouse's/Northrup Grumman's private day when I was younger which I believe is always the second Saturday in May and this event is closed to the public.

The "New for" attraction for that particular year was never opened and we'd have to wait until the following year to ride the previous year's new attraction.

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:35 pm

Hersheypark has sent us a new press release about their latest involvement with the Children's Miracle Network. It is always great to see parks getting involved in causes like this, so I'm always happy to see news on the topic making its way into our inbox...

Each year Hersheypark hosts millions of visitors, many of whom take a moment to make a wish and drop a coin or two into one of the Park’s fountains. These coins are collected and used to assist sick children and their families, who have plenty of wishes of their own. At the end of 2009, the coins from the Park’s fountains were gathered, and that money – along with a portion of the admission to Hershey Sweet Lights, A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular – was donated to Children’s Miracle Network. On January 13, on behalf of its guests, Hersheypark issued a check in the amount of $16,115 to Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The donation is used to support the hospital’s pediatric services.

Children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that has affiliations with 170 children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital serves the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York region. The mission of Children’s Miracle Network is to raise funds for children’s services and create community awareness of children’s issues.
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:11 pm

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index. ... reate.html

By summer, visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World in Derry Township will have the opportunity to play chocolate innovators and create their own candy bars.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held today at Chocolate World where construction is under way on a 1,800-square-foot expansion project at the tourist attraction. The brick two-story addition will fill space in the front of Chocolate World near the center’s parking lot.

The interactive Create Your Own Candy Bar is a natural progression for Chocolate World, which opened in 1973 and replaced the Hershey Company’s on-site factory tours, said Amy Hahn, general manager of The Hershey Experience.
Visitors will track their custom candy bars from beginning to end at various stations in the factory-like setting, she said.
Guests, wearing factory aprons and hairnets, will select and load ingredients such as caramel bits, graham crackers and crisped rice and pull levers and handles to dispense the ingredients via equipment similar to machinery used in Hershey’s factories.
The five-ounce bars will be cooled and wrapped in custom packaging created by guests. The price of the attraction is expected to be $12.95, Hahn said.
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Postby King of Ka » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:00 pm

Sounds very cool, definitely something I'll try next time I'm at Hershey. I wonder how customizable the bars will be. If it's really "Create Your Own" and not simply choosing a combination of three options this seems like it could be hugely fun and popular.

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Postby Electerik » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:06 pm

That actually does sound really cool.

Have I ever mentioned that I thought up the idea for those "mix-in" ice cream places while standing in line for Top Gun at Carowinds? Unfortunately, they already existed.

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Postby HPCrazy » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:37 pm

I'll be up there the first Saturday next month. I should have some kind of outside construction pictures of what they're doing. Yes, it looks cool. I'm wondering if they consider that area "Factory Works" anymore, or if they'll re-do the entrance from the lobby area. We shall see.

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:06 pm

Hersheypark has sent us a press release about their latest auditions taking place for their in park entertainment options.

An audition for performers and technicians for the 2010 Hersheypark summer season is scheduled for Saturday, February 27 at the Hershey Theatre located on the corner of Chocolate and Cocoa avenues. Applicants can park in the parking lots associated with the Theatre and enter through the main entrance on Caracas Avenue. More than 90 performers and musicians and more than 20 technical positions are needed to entertain guests during the upcoming season.

Registration for musicians and singers will begin at 9 a.m.

Musician auditions for bass, fiddle, guitar, keyboard, percussion (drum set, marching, mallet/melodic), saxophone (doubling preferred), trumpet, trombone and tuba will begin at 10 a.m. Musicians should be prepared with major/minor scales, an etude, and two solo selections of contrasting styles and improvisation.

Singer and singer/dancer auditions will begin at 10 a.m. Singers should have a dynamic voice with personality to match and be prepared with two vocal selections of contrasting styles (16 bars each) and bring sheet music in the proper key or an edited musical track. An accompanist will be provided. All singers may be called back to learn a dance combination after their vocal audition.

Registration for dancers is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dancers should be well-rounded in jazz, ballet and tap, and should wear appropriate attire and footwear. Auditions for dancers will take place at the conclusion of the singer auditions. Dancers may be called back to sing following the dance auditions.

Registration for technicians also will take place at 2 p.m. Technical positions include sound and lighting technicians, stagehands, stage managers and wardrobe personnel. Technical interviews will take place on a first-come, first-served basis, following the registration.

All applicants must be 18 years of age or a high school graduate by May 2010 to audition and should bring five completed copies of the Hersheypark online audition registration form, five non-returnable resumes with references and one non-returnable headshot. All applicants will be auditioning for five production companies. These companies, Matt Davenport Productions, RWS & Associates, SRO Associates, Windish Music & Productions and WJS Productions, also produce shows outside of Hersheypark.

For more information, visit www.hersheypark.com/entertainment/auditions.php or e-mail audition@hersheypa.com.
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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby Ccron10 » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:41 am

The Springtime Rides List has been released.

Springtime In The Park Rides List*

Balloon Flite (kiddie)
Starship America
Helicopters (kiddie)
Mini Himalaya (kiddie)
Space Age (kiddie)
Tiny Tracks-Presented by Amtrak (kiddie)
Traffic Jam (kiddie)

Bizzy Bees (kiddie)
Dizzy Drums (kiddie)
Fender Bender-Presented by Geico
Ladybug (kiddie)
Capital BlueCross Monorail
Mini Pirate-Presented by Indian Echo Cavern(kiddie)
Swing Thing (kiddie)
Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge

Convoy (kiddie)
Flying Falcon
Frog Hopper
Great Bear
Kissing Tower
Red Baron (kiddie)
Twin Turnpike Sunoco Classic Cars
Twin Turnpike Sunoco Speedway

The Howler
Storm Runner
Dry Gulch Railroad
Mini Scrambler (kiddie)
Frontier Flyers
Livery Stables (kiddie)
The Claw

Wave Swinger

*Weather permitting. Rides, particularly roller coasters, may be subject to late openings and/or early closures in the event of unseasonably cold temperatures.

Looks like Fahrenheit and Storm Runner will be opening up this year and that their inspection schedule is going better as well. Now I need to decide which week to go.

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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:43 am

^Good for them! That's a really decent list of rides!


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