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SNEAK PEEK: Take a ride on Candymonium & see the new Chocolatetown before Hersheypark opens Friday

Hersheypark is debuting its new look and new coaster as it also debuts new safety procedures amid the COVID-19 crisis.

2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year.

But Friday, Hersheypark hopes to bring the 'happy' back to Derry Township as it debuts a brand new look and the brand new 'Candymonium' ride.

FOX43 was granted a sneak peek inside the sweet surprise Hersheypark has been cooking up for months before the park opens officially to the public on July 3. 

Friday's opening marks the end to a long wait for thrill-seekers after the park was forced to postpone its opening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic will also force the park to debut new safety precautions that include asking riders to wear masks. 

FOX43 NEWS AT 4 AND 5

Wearing masks at Hersheypark! How is it going to work on rides and in the waterpark? I'm answering those questions as I give you a SNEAK PEEK inside the park and onboard that long-awaited Candymonium rollercoaster. The new entrance, the new look, and the new safety precautions! Get it before gates open WPMT FOX43 at 4 and 5. https://www.fox43.com/article/news/sneak-peek-at-candymonium-before-hersheypark-opens/521-bcfdfa93-9040-461a-b03d-732941a0ce47

Posted by Jamie Bittner on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Take a front seat ride on Candymonium here:

Learn more about Candymonium

- Billed as the tallest, fastest, longest ride at Hersheypark

- Features a lift height of 210 feet, max speed of 76 mph, and a track length of 4,636 feet with the most airtime of any coaster at Hersheypark

- Spans 7-acres

Learn more about Hershey's Chocolatetown

- 23-acre development 

- New arrival entrance honoring the legacy of Milton S. Hershey

- Features the park's first Starbucks

- Features Where Fun Meets Chocolate. In 2021 it will also feature a full-service restaurant, bar & patio, ice cream parlor and confectionary kitchen.

FOX43 NEWS AT 4 AND 5

SNEAK PEEK! I'm taking you for a ride on the new Candymonium coaster as I also give you a tour through the new Chocolatetown at Hersheypark. Plus, the new safety precautions! See you on WPMT FOX43 at 4 and 5 for one sweet story! Read more: https://www.fox43.com/article/news/sneak-peek-at-candymonium-before-hersheypark-opens/521-bcfdfa93-9040-461a-b03d-732941a0ce47

Posted by Jamie Bittner on Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Safety Guidelines

Read entire guidelines here that include:

  • Increased Cleaning & Sanitization: Hersheypark will sanitize high-touch areas frequently and add sanitization stations throughout Hersheypark.
  • Guest Reservations System: A new reservation system will allow Hersheypark to follow state guidelines on capacity and allow guests to better plan their visit in advance.
  • Social Distancing: Hersheypark will reinforce appropriate social distancing through signage, ground markings, and redesigned guest spaces. 
  • Face Coverings & Temperature Screenings: All guests over the age of two are required to wear face coverings, except while dining and on certain attractions. Guests should also be prepared to undergo a touchless temperature screening prior to entering Hersheypark
  • Ride Protocols: Hersheypark will determine social distancing and sanitizing requirements on a ride-by-ride basis with new procedures as necessary. 
  • Enhanced Team Member Training: All team members will undergo increased training on new protocols.

Take a drone tour of Chocolatetown

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