In 2019, Hersheypark unveiled plans for their "tallest, fastest and longest" rollercoaster, Candymonium as part of their 150 million dollar expansion titled "Chocolate Town". Now, after delaying the park's opening due to shutdowns and state restrictions, Hersheypark is ready to open on July 3rd with some of the previously announced updates completed. And yes, there will be Candymonium! Learn more about this brand new coaster and see what else is new at Hersheypark for 2020.
HERSHEYPARK: New for 2020
New At HersheyPark for 2020: Candymonium
What makes Candymonium the Tallest, Fastest and Longest rollercoaster in the park?
Candymonium will feature a 210 foot ascent uphill, a "heart-pounding" drop, "seven camelback hills" and a "123 degree hammerhead curve".
Candymonium reaches a speed of 76 MPH.
Candymonium clocks in at 2 minutes and 26 seconds, with a 4,636 foot long (milk chocolate colored) track. Or, if you prefer to measure in chocolate bars, the track is 10,279 Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars long.
Candymonium will feature three train cars all themed to a beloved Hershey's product; Hershey's Kisses, Reese's Peanut butter Cups, and Twizzler's Twists.
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New at HersheyPark for 2020: Updated Entrance
Guest arriving to Hersheypark this year will be immediately greeted with something new.
As part of the expansion, the entrance to Hersheypark has been completely renovated.
The entire front gate design has been changed and dedicated lines for season pass holders and guests at Hersheypark resorts have been created.
The new entrance will also feature a Kisses themed fountain however, according to the official Hersheypark Instagram account, this fountain will not quite be ready come opening, July 3rd.
New at HersheyPark for 2020: Kisses Boutique
Looking for a sweet new outfit? Head to the brand new shop located in the "Founder's Way" region.
Kisses Boutique will feature a collection of Hershey's Kisses themed items.
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New at HersheyPark for 2020: Starbucks
Hard to believe but 2020 marks the year that the first ever Starbucks opens inside Hersheypark!
Funfact! (per the Hersheypark Instagram account) this Starbucks sits on the location of the 1973 front gate.
New at HersheyPark for 2020: Hershey Supply Co
10,000 square feet of retail space. Let me say it again, 10,000 square feet of shopping!!
The new store, Hershey Supply Co. will featuring Hershey themed apparel, toys and gifts.
New at HersheyPark for 2020: Enhanced Safety Measures
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the elephant in the room. With Hersheypark opening it's gates this summer there are of course changes that guests need to be made aware of.
These changes have been put in place to keep guests and staff safe as we all dive headfirst into this current "new normal".
Some of the new safety protocols are:
Attendance: In order to comply with state guidelines on capacity, guests must make a reservation for the day they wish to visit Hersheypark
Social Distancing: There will be signage, ground markings redesigned guest spots
Face Coverings: All guests over 2 are required to wear face coverings expect while dining and during certain attractions
Temperature Screenings: All guests will undergo a touches temperature check prior to entering Hersheypark
View the below graphic showcasing Hersheypark's enhanced safety measures and visit Hersheypark.com/safety for more.
HERSHEYPARK: Still to Come in 2021
As part of the 150 million dollar expansion Hersheypark announced a new eatery and ice cream parlor among other additions that have had their opening dates postponed.
The following additions have pushed their opening dates to 2021:
The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar & Patio,
Milton's Ice Cream Parlor
The Sweeterie Confectionary Kitchen
Are you planning on visiting Hersheypark this year? What are you most excited to see this year at the Sweetest Place on Earth?