Our family went to Hershey PA this past weekend, yes, we chose the hottest weekend of the summer so far, but overall we had a great time. I am here to warn you though, bring along the big bucks if you plan to visit.
So we were lucky enough to get tickets from Chevrolet for 4 admissions. Tickets to enter HersheyPark are $53.95 per adult. WOW, this is close to Disney prices for the day. The most important tip I can tell you is to take advantage of the Preview Plan. If you buy a regular price admission you can get FREE admission to the whole park the night before for 2.5 hours before it closes. This worked out really great for us. On Friday night my husband took the 3 oldest kids to the park from 7:30-10 and it was EMPTY! Literally they rode all the rides 5 times in a row, they did not even need to get up and get in line again. They said this was the most fun night of their lives!!!! One more tip, bring along lots of extra clothing. They came back from the park soaking wet every single visit.
The preview night is awesome, try and do it if you can.
We stayed at an awesome hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn in Hummelstown. It is about a 5 minute drive, located near many good and reasonable restaurants, and was a clean, comfortable place to sleep. We used our HHonors points to stay here and got 2 rooms for 2 nights. If we did not have points to stay here it would have been about $230 a night. Breakfast was included for us, but I think it was still worth the $10.95 per person. Made to order eggs, pancakes, omelets, waffles, fruits, cereals, breads, pastries. 3 kinds of cold beverages, many hot beverages. All the usual breakfast foods were easily found here. Lisa greeted us each morning with lots of great tips and helpful hints for us!
So HersheyPark is right next to Hershey's Chocolate World. One thing I did not understand was why Chocolate World was always so CROWDED! Literally impossible to walk around at times. Day, night, afternoon, always a mob scene.
There is a very cute ride which shows you how Hershey makes chocolate. This ride lasts about 5 minutes and is free. Enjoy this freebie, because it is the last one I can tell you about. My 2 younger kids did not go to Hershey Park. Instead we hung out at the hotel, played games, and spent some time at Hershey's Chocolate World. The big things they both wanted to do was make their own chocolate bar. This would have been really fun and so cool if we actually were going to make our own bar. Nope, we did not make anything. All we did was scan our $14.95 ticket 5 times and choose what items we wanted the robot arms to put into our candy bar. But the biggest scam of them all is that you cannot accompany your child into the chocolate making without paying to make a chocolate bar for yourself too!!! And if you have a 2.5 year old, yup, she has to pay and make one too. So for the four of us, including my little girl and myself, who did not want to make a bar we paid $60 for a 45 minute "tour" of the chocolate bar. Total ripoff!
As soon as you walk into chocolate world you can choose to buy a ticket to your left or your right. On the left you can buy a ticket to the Hershey 3D show. We did not see it, but if you want to it will be 5.95 per adult and 4.95 per kid. On the left side you can also buy a ticket for the hershey trolley at 12.95 per adult and 5.95 per kid. Every time we saw a trolley go by, it was full, so get those tickets early! On the right side you can buy your 14.95 make your own chocolate bar experience ticket and also a chocolate tasting tour, 9.95 adult and 6.95 per kid. We did not do this either. We just did the chocolate bar making.
So you are given a time for making your bar and you greet a Hershey worker wearing a hard hat who gives you an apron that you must put on right away. You enter the doors with your group and then you are immediately handed your hairnet. The factory worker kept us back because my little girl had teeny pieces of hair sticking out, she made us all put our ears and all our hair under the hairnet and wasted lots of time doing this.
Now that we are covered up head to toe, we watched a short movie showing us how they make the chocolate. Then we entered our first room of touch screen computers. Each of us had a ticket with our name on it and we each had to scan it then choose our components.
Any questions, leave me a comment and I will respond asap.