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Hersheypark Sweetens Family Fun with New 2014 Attractions and Eatery

[quote]We have joked that The Sweetest Place on Earth just got a little crabby with the addition of Crabfries.” –Pete Ciarrocchi, chairman and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s[/quote]

Hershey, PA, USA — The roller coaster count at Hersheypark will increase in 2014 when the Park introduces a new coaster designed for families to ride together.

If you remember the thrill of your first coaster and want to share that moment with your child, or another young family member, Hersheypark will give you more opportunities to do so with the arrival of Cocoa Cruiser, new gravity coaster.

“Many of our guests share roller coaster memories with us and tell us their first coaster experience was here at Hersheypark,” said Kevin Stumpf, general manager, Hersheypark. “We are happy to offer another ‘first coaster’ opportunity for our younger guests and look forward to hearing their stories in the future.”

Cocoa Cruiser’s layout is a compact oval featuring a midcourse helix, or turn that forms a radius of more than 360-degrees. The ride, with a six car train that holds up to twelve riders, will be located in the Park’s Music Box Way area.

Two other family favorite rides will open in the Park for the 2014 season—a Tea Cup Ride and Sweet Swing. All three rides are designed and built by Zamperla Rides, an Italian-based company known around the world for designing family thrill rides.

An all-time classic, Tea Cups will feature six cups that hold two adults and two children in each cup. The iconic tilted tea pot is the centerpiece of the attraction and the surrounding cups include a central steering wheel which allows riders to spin the ride at their own pace.


Sweet Swing resembles a large bench swing with two sides; each side of the swing will accommodate up to six riders, with a maximum of two adults. The swing motion provides both exhilaration and air time for riders.

“Everyone at Zamperla is excited to be adding these three new rides to Hersheypark,” said Zamperla Sales Director Ramon Rosario. “Our rides are designed to attract and entertain the entire family, so they will be a perfect fit.”

In addition to the new rides, Hersheypark will expand its food offering with the arrival of Chickie’s & Pete’s, the legendary Philadelphia/South Jersey eatery known for their signature Crabfries. Other tempting menu selections include Chickie’s & Pete’s favorites like the Philly Cheesesteak, Crabby Sweets and the Crab Pretzel.

“We are very excited to bring some of Chickie’s and Pete’s signature food to Hersheypark, especially our world famous Crabfries,” said Pete Ciarrocchi, chairman and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s.

Park guests will be able to easily locate the new rides and food locations by using the 2014 enhanced and customized Hersheypark Map App. The new App, anticipated to be ready in the spring, offers guests the ability to search attractions based on rider height, locate all items from baby food to roller coasters, and utilize a “take me there” directional function allowing guests to map their route to and from any location within the Park. Users will be able to connect to the App through Facebook or personal email.

The three new family-focused rides and Chickie’s & Pete’s are scheduled to debut when Hersheypark opens for its 107th season of family fun.


Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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