New 23-acre area of Historic Amusement Park to feature arrival experience, coaster, restaurants and retail.

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  1. The content below is an edited version of press materials distributed by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) on Oct. 3, 2018.
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(Hershey, PA - Oct. 3, 2018) - Hersheypark officials today announced a $150 million expansion that will transform the entrance to the historic amusement park located in PA's Hershey & Harrisburg Region. Opening in summer 2020, Hershey’s Chocolatetown is a new development within a 23-acre region at Hersheypark where guests can eat, play, shop and gather year-round.

Hershey’s Chocolatetown will feature several marquee elements:

  • New Arrival Experience and Front Gate
  • 15th Coaster - Fastest, Tallest, Longest, Sweetest
  • Restaurant, Bar & Patio - Largest full-service themed restaurant in Hershey
  • Ice Cream Parlor and Confectionary Scratch Kitchen
  • 2,200-square-foot Starbucks® Store
  • Largest Kettle Corn location at Hersheypark
  • One-of-a-Kind KISSES Fountain
  • A new home for the Carrousel, turning 100 years old next year
  • Flagship Store with the largest collection of Hersheypark merchandise.


The investment of $150 million dollars into the 23-acre Hershey’s Chocolatetown development represents the largest capital investment and most significant expansion in the history of the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts company.

Construction is slated to begin in January 2019 and Hersheypark will remain fully operational during the 2019 season as Chocolatetown comes to life for the summer of 2020.

One of the most dramatic changes to Hersheypark will be the new welcome experience and a new front gate. The arrival at Chocolatetown will create a unique sense of place and seamless passageway between Hershey’s Chocolate World and Hersheypark. 

Chocolatetown Entrance Rendering 2020Hersheypark plans to add its 15th coaster as part of Chocolatetown - its longest, tallest and fastest to date with details coming next summer. The iconic Carrousel, turning 100 next year, will have a new home in Chocolatetown, along with a signature KISSES Fountain and Hershey’s Character experiences.

Chocolatetown Fountain Rendering 2020

Hershey’s Chocolatetown will offer more than five locations to eat, drink and gather, including the largest themed restaurant, bar, and patio in Hershey with one-of-a-kind views of Hersheypark. Open year round, this full-service restaurant and bar will feature a second-story patio & bar and offer an innovative menu with hints of chocolate, craft cocktails, and signature desserts.

Chocolatetown Shops Rendering 2020

Other sweet experiences in Chocolatetown will feature an ice cream parlor with personal ice cream-ologists serving up exclusive ice cream creations. A new confectionary scratch kitchen will invite guests to watch the candy makers at work. Other welcome additions to Chocolatetown will be a full-service 2,200-square-foot Starbucks® store, with indoor and outdoor seating areas, and the largest kettle corn location at Hersheypark.

Finally, a new 10,000-square-foot flagship retail experience will feature the largest collection of apparel, personalized souvenirs, and toys exclusive to Hersheypark. In addition, guests will enjoy interactive boutique shopping experiences.

Guests can experience a virtual rendering of Hershey’s Chocolatetown here and learn more about the next chapter of Hersheypark at Construction will begin in January 2019 with updates and details shared over the next 18 months via the website and hashtag #HPChocolatetown.



(Posted: Jan. 9, 2019)

Hersheypark Breaks Ground on Largest Capital Investment and Expansion in Resort's History

Posted Jan. 9, 2019: Representatives of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts were joined by local officials and special guests today for the official ground breaking ceremony to begin their $150 million Hershey’s Chocolatetown expansion project slated to open in Summer 2020.

The project represents the largest capital investment and most transformative expansion in Hershey Entertainment & Resorts’ history, according to the company's press release.

The dramatic transformation of the park's primary entry-point will provide guests with more opportunities to eat and shop while also reconfiguring the entrance to better accommodate season pass holders and guests staying at Hershey Resort properties. The expansion project will also introduce the park's newest, tallest, and longest coaster (#15 for those who are counting).

VIDEO: Watch Hershey's Chocolatetown Promotional Video

Get the latest project updates, videos, interactive maps, and artist renderings on the project's dedicated website.

HE&R Chocolatetown Groundbreaking Ceremony

ABOVE (L-R): Hershey's Bar; Derry Township Supervisor Susan Cort; Derry Township Supervisor Matthew Weir; Derry Township Supervisor Richard Zmuda; Representative Tom Mehaffie; Milton Hershey School student Valerie Heydeman; Executive Director of The Hershey Foundation Don Papson; Hershey Entertainment & Resorts CEO John Lawn; Vice President, Hershey Experience, The Hershey Company Suzanne Jones; Milton Hershey School student Gavin Meyers; Senator John DiSanto; Derry Township Supervisor Justin Engle; Reese's and Kiss.


About HE&R: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) is a world-class entertainment and hospitality company dedicated to preserving the legacy of Milton S. Hershey. Founded in 1927 by Milton S. Hershey, HE&R and its subsidiaries own and/or operate the Hersheypark amusement park, Hersheypark Arena & Stadium, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey Bears AHL Hockey Club, Giant Center arena, The Hotel Hershey luxury resort, Hershey Lodge resort and convention center, Hersheypark Camping Resort campground, The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa, MeltSpa by Hershey day spa, Hershey Country Club and Hershey Golf Collection, Hershey Nursery, and Hershey Laundry & Dry Cleaning. For additional information about HE&R, visit

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