List of former Hersheypark attractions
Like all amusement parks, Hersheypark has removed a number of rides and attractions over the years. The park has removed at least 44 adult and kiddie rides, 3 roller coasters, and at least 19 attractions in the park's 105 year history.
Past roller coasters
|Ride||Season closed||Season opened||Manufacturer||Description|
|Wild Cat||1945||1923||Philadelphia Toboggan Company||Hersheypark's first roller coaster, jointly owned between Hershey and Philadelphia Tobaggan Company. The station was located in Minetown where the three kiddie rides are located, and its turn around is where Trailblazer's station is located.|||
|Twin Toboggans||1977||1972||Chance Morgan||These were two (2) Chance Rides portable Toboggan coasters (but permanently installed), and were extremely compact steel coasters that started out by going up a vertical lift hill. The rides were two Chance Toboggan coasters right next to each other, which were located where the Mini Himalaya ride is now.|||
|Roller Soaker||2012||2002||Setpoint||This was a heavily themed steel "water coaster" where riders would go around on a track and try to dump water on the people standing/walking below the ride. There were also water cannons on the ground for people to shoot up at the coaster cars as they went by. The ride was located initially in the Midway America section of the park, and after 2006, The Boardwalk at Hersheypark.|||
Cancelled or unknown year removed
|Ride||Season closed||Season opened||Manufacturer||Description|
|Flying Turns||Cancelled||Philadelphia Toboggan Company||Flying Turns was proposed in 1941 to be opened for the 1942 season, however, due to the United States entry into World War II, the ride was never built.|
|Mini-Comet||Unknown||1974||Unknown||An oval shaped, steel kiddie roller coaster. The true manufacturer is conflicted between different sources. Park maps indicate the ride was installed in 1974. It is unknown what year the ride was removed, but it was either 1978 or 1979.|
|Turbulence||Cancelled||Interactive Rides||Turbulence was cancelled in 2004 before ever being built for the 2005 season. A dispute arose between Hersheypark and the manufacturer over the price of the ride, and terms relating to when prints should have been given to the park. As a result, the project was cancelled and the ride was never built.|
|Ride||Season closed||Season opened||Manufacturer||Description|
|Merry-Go-Round (Herschell)||1912||1908||Allan Herschell Company||This was the first ride that was purchased for the park. It was a used Allan Herschell Company ride, and the first of three carrousels the park has purchased in its history. This ride was always referred as a merry-go-round, rather than a carousel. It was replaced just before the Fourth of July celebrations in 1912.|||
|Shoot the Chute||1928||1909||Unknown||This was a toboggan slide ride that was added to the original pool in the park. It was used through the 1928 season, when the pool was removed and replaced by a much larger pool. The slide stood 50 feet tall.|||
|Skooter||1937||1926||Unknown||This was the first bumper car ride the park had. It was located near where the current bumper cars, Fender Bender stands. It was replaced by the Auto Skooters, which was located in Comet Hollow.|||
|Giant Toboggan Slide||1941||1931||Unknown||This was a toboggan slide that replaced the original Shoot the Chute. When the original pool was closed, the toboggan slide was not replaced. The popularity of the old Shoot the Chute caused this version to be built in a separate small pool across from the Sunken Gardens.|
|Carrousel||1944||1912||William H. Dentzel Co.||This carrousel was built by William H. Dentzel of Philadelphia. The Carousel had 52 animals and 2 chariots. The ride first opened on a platform overlooking Comet Hollow. In 1929, the carousel was moved into a new pavilion next to Spring Creek along Derry Road (as of 2012, Park Boulevard). The park placed the ride up for sale, and it was purchased by Meyer's Lake. Knott's Berry Farm purchased the ride from Meyer's Lake in 1956. They were under the impression the ride had been in storage for 17 years, though it was really 12.|||
|Aerial Joy Ride||1962||1941||Bought from the New York's World Fair after it closed. It cost $25,000 (equal to $409,679 today). Replaced by Klaus AeroJets (now Starship America) in 1962. It was located where a milk can game is today.|||
|Kiddie Ferris Wheel||1965||1926||Allan Herschell Company||This operated near where the Skyview loading station is today. The first wheel was installed in 1926, while a second was added in 1959. It was removed to make way for Skyview when it was installed before the 1966 season.|
|Kiddie Turnpike||1967||1955||A kiddie version of the Turnpike ride at the park, located in the Kiddieland area. Following the 1967 season, it was removed and replaced by a kiddie variety ride.|||
|Lucas Motor Boat Ride||1971||1949||Lucas Company||This was a Lucas Company kiddie motor boat ride in a water trough. It was ordered in November 1948 from Harry Travers. It installed when Kiddieland was opened in 1949. Not definitively known when it was removed, however it was likely removed when Carrousel Circle was built following the 1971 season.|||
|Miniature Railroad||1971||1910||Ernest H. Miller||A narrow-gauge railway that was designed by Ernest H. Miller, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The ride was the second that Milton S. Hershey purchased for the park. The ride was closed in 1971 after the train derailed as a result of vandalism. While no one was injured in the incident, the train was damaged beyond repair at the time. The ride was nearly a part of Phase III of the park's renovations, however the trains were found to be in too bad shape to be used. The track was removed, and some reused for the expansion of the Dry Gulch Railroad.|||
|Flying Coaster||1972||1964||Norman Bartlett||A Norman Bartlett-designed ride. The last known operating model is at Kennywood. It operated in what is currently the Minetown section of the park, in what is now a midway.|||
|Mill Chute||1972||1929||Philadelphia Toboggan Co.||Early dark ride with a water splashdown, located alongside Spring Creek near the area of the Wave Swinger. In 1963, this ride was re-themed by Bill Tracy, and became the "Lost River", and was later destroyed by Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972. The park's Coal Cracker ride was designed with some similarities to the Mill Chute.|||
|Magic Carpet Slide||1972||1969||Unknown||A large slide, it was removed after the 1972 season. It was located where Hersheypark Amphitheater currently stands.|||
|The Pretzel||1973||1931||An indoor dark ride, converted into the "Golden Nugget" in 1964. It was eventually converted into a shooting gallery. The building was torn down following the 1977 season and replaced with a new building that housed a kiddie auto skooter and the Fender Bender bumper cars ride.|||
|Turnpike||1974||1960||Unknown||The Turnpike was installed in Comet Hollow and ran in an area now filled by a portion of Storm Runner. A number of cars were damaged in the 1972 flood, but the ride survived through the 1974 season. Part of the ride was removed to make way for Trailblazer, and was removed when its replacement was built - the Twin Turnpike, which opened in 1975.|||
|Twin Ferris Wheels||1974||1950||Eli Bridge Company||Two side-by-side Eli Bridge Company Ferris wheels. The rides operated in Comet Hollow and was replaced by Himalaya. The space is currently the location of sooperdooperLooper's station.|||
|Automobile||1975||1940s||Allan Herschell Company||This was an automobile carousel kiddie ride with 10 cars, manufactured by Allan Herschell Company. The ride was removed following the 1975 season when the kiddie rides in the former Kiddieland area of the park, near where the Fender Bender is today, were reorganized or removed. The ride sat in an area that is now a midway, next to the Ladybug kiddie ride.|||
|The Whip||1976||1937||Mangels Company||A Mangels whip, it was located originally near the entrance to where the SooperdooperLooper is located today, and parallel to the loading/unloading station for the Electric Train. In 1973 it was moved to the area where Flying Falcon is currently located. It was replaced a few years later by a Himalaya ride in 1977.|||
|Auto Skooters||1977||1938||Philadelphia Toboggan Co.||The second bumper cars ride the park had, it was located in Comet Hollow. The building still stands as the Hollow Famous Famiglia which serves pizza and other Italian food. Ice Cream and SkyrushSlush is also served at the building's side windows.|||
|Round Up||1978||1968||A stand-up, circular spinning ride, it was located in front of The Pretzel / Gold Nugget / Shooting Gallery in what is today Music Box Way.|||
|Cuddle Up||1978||1947||Philadelphia Toboggan Co.||It is similar to the spinning tea cup rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, except that the whole platform remained stationary. The ride was replaced by a coal themed version of the same ride called the Coal Shaker. The ride replaced the old Wild Cat station, which had been closed two years earlier when the ride was removed.|||
|Tip-Top||1980||1966||Unknown||A sit-down spinning ride, it was first in Music Box Way in front of the Pretzel / Gold Nugget dark ride, and later moved to Comet Hollow near the current Amphitheater. The ride was removed following the 1980 season.|||
|Paratrooper||1980||1967||Unknown||A paratrooper ride, where the Hersheypark Amphitheater stands today.|||
|The Bug||1981||1932||A larger version of the still present Lady Bugs. Existed where Wave Swinger is today.|||
|The Flying Bobs||1982||1978||Unknown||Replaced the Toboggan. When it was removed, it was replaced by Balloon Flight. Mini-Himalaya currently occupies the same space.|||
|Monster||1983||1972||Unknown||A spinning Octopus style ride with sets of four spinning cars that were situated at the end of each "tenticle". It was replaced by Tilt-a-Whirl.|||
|MotorBoats||1984||1962||Unknown||This was a kiddie ride added to the Kiddieland area of the park. It was moved to the Minetown area of the park in the 1970s and was placed next to the Mini-Comet kiddie coaster. In 1981, it was operating adjacent to the entrance to ZooAmerica. It was removed from the park following the 1984 season. Granny Bugs was purchased to replace the ride, however, it was placed near the entrance to the Dry Gulch Railroad. The area that the MotorBoats sat at was replaced by a food stand.|||
|Timber Rattler||1987||1984||Schwarzkopf||A Schwarzkopf Polyp ride. Replaced two years later by the relocation of the Rodeo.|
|Himalaya||1989||1975||Reverchon||A Reverchon Himalaya. Originally located beside what is now the Hollow Famous Famiglia near where the Twin Ferris Wheels once were. The ride was moved in 1976 to be situated near where the Flying Falcon is now, to make room for the SooperdooperLooper.|||
|Coal Shaker||1989||1978||Unknown||"Cuddle up" ride with coal-themed cars. Stood where the Convoy, Red Baron, and Frog Hopper are today. This replaced the original Cuddle Up (1957) installation.|||
|Sky Ride||1992||1974||Unknown||Transported riders on 30 cars between Rhineland and Minetown, with over 1,268 feet between each station. The Rhineland station is now used for Central PA's Kosher Mart, and the Great Bear's station now exists where the Minetown station once stood. The ride now operates at Dreamworld Park in Thailand and is called Cable Car.|||
|Rotor||1995||1970||Unknown||The Rotor was added in 1970. After it was removed in 1995, it was replaced by the Tilt-A-Whirl, which was moved from Carrousel Circle. That, in turn, was replaced in 2012 by Skyrush.|||
|Mini-Skooters||1999||1978||Unknown||Kiddie bumper cars. Replaced with Rolling Rovers when it moved under the Fender Bender.|||
|Earthmovers||2002||1975||Unknown||Originated as "Tiny Tanks" before being refurbished into a bulldozer ride in 1980. Replaced by the Mini Pirate. Moved to Dutch Wonderland.|||
|Cyclops||2002||1980||HUSS Maschinenfabrik||A Huss Enterprise, replaced by The Claw following the 2002 season. The ride currently operates at a park in Canada.|||
|Conestoga||2002||1984||HUSS Maschinenfabrik||A Huss Rainbow, it operated in Pioneer Frontier. The park removed the ride following the 2002 season, and was replaced by the Frontier Virtual Theater. That was replaced by a ride, The Howler, in 2008. Hersheypark sold the ride to Lake Winnepesaukah.|
|Wells Cargo||2003||1964||Mangles Company||A kiddie Whip ride manufactured by Mangles, it operated in a variety of places in the park. It was initially near where the Sky View station is, then moved to out front of what was then the Ride Operations office. In 1985, it was relocated to the expanded Pioneer Frontier area. The ride was moved to Dutch Wonderland following the 2003 season and replaced by a food stand.|
|Crazy Climbers||2003||1999||Unknown||A jungle gym rope climbing ride that used to be inside of the Midway Tent along with Tiger's Tail and Moonwalk which are now only open on the candylane and halloween events.|||
|Giant Wheel||2004||1973||Intamin AG||An Intamin-supplied ride replaced by the relocated Balloon Flite and Starship America rides following the 2004 season.|
|Chaos||2005||1999||Chance Rides||A Chance Chaos in Midway America. Replaced with Coastline Plunge in 2007, though the ride was removed following the 2005 season.|
|Paddleboats||2006||1973||Unknown||An Additional Charge ride where riders paddled along Spring Creek. The ride was removed after the 2006 season.|
|Moonwalk||2007||1999||Unknown||A moon bounce ride initially located in the Midway Fair Tent, later only used during Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane event before being removed.|
|Tiger's Tail||2007||1999||Unknown||An inflatable crawl-through ride, it was initially located in the Midway Fair Tent, later only used during Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane event before being removed.|
|Western Chute-Out||2007||1988||New Wave Rides||Originally named "Frontier Chute Out", this ride contained a pair of winding water-tubes (known as "Winding Rivers" - originally named "Slidewinder") and a pair of straight water-slides (known as "Straight Shooters" - originally named "Pistol Pete's Plunge"). In 1998, the original slides from New Wave Rides were removed and replaced with slides, from Proslide. After the 2007 season, the ride was removed to make way for Fahrenheit.|
|Rodeo||2008||1978||Unknown||Originally named "Trabant". Rodeo was located at the present location of Tiny Timbers. Rodeo was moved to Pioneer Frontier in 1988 after removal of the Timber Rattler. Moved to Dutch Wonderland. Also spent time at Lake Compounce while that park was owned by the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.|||
|Canyon River Rapids||2008||1987||Intamin AG||A river rafting ride that soaked guests with waterfalls. For years, Get The Picture Corporation sold videos of the ride for purchase after disembarking. It was the first ride video system in the world. However, in 2005 they switched to a two-picture system (upstream and downstream), and later sold only one photo of each raft. Canyon River Rapids was removed for the 2009 expansion of the Boardwalk, and many of its old boats now are used on the Raging Rapids ride at Kennywood.|
|Tiny Tracks||2011||1995||Unknown||A miniature train kiddie ride in Founders Circle, it was installed in 1995 when Tilt-A-Whirl was moved to Comet Hollow. It was removed after the 2011 season when Tilt-A-Whirl was returned to that location.|
Unknown year removed
|Ride||Season closed||Season opened||Manufacturer||Description|
|Aeroplane Swing||< 1972||1926||Allan Herschell Company||A kiddie airplane swing ride, it was one of the first kiddie rides the park purchased. It was in the park through at least the 1950 season.|||
|Custer Motor Car Ride||circa 1940s||1936||Custer Manufacturing Company||Gas-powered car ride which was built near the current Aquatheater. It was manufactured by the Custer Company. It is currently not known when the ride was removed, only when it was installed, though it was most likely removed when Turnpike was installed.|||
|Horse and Buggy||Unknown||1949||Allan Herschell Company||A kiddie horse and buggy ride similar to the current Pony Parade at the park. It was ordered in November 1948 from Harry Travers. It was installed when Kiddieland was opened in 1949.|||
|Speed Boat||Unknown||circa 1940s||Allan Herschell Company||This was a kiddie motor boat ride on a metal rail. It was located behind Tubs-o-Fun ride.|
|Custer Motor Boat Ride||circa 1940s||Custer Manufacturing Company||A boat ride, it was also manufactured by the Custer Company. It operated in Spring Creek sometime in the 1940s, but it is currently unknown what year it was installed and what year it was removed. It was most likely not installed until after 1945 when World War II concluded, because due to war rationing, the park was not able to install a new ride.|||
|Attraction||Last season||First season||Description|
|Whoops||1945||1930||Whoops was the park's first funhouse. It didn't gain the Whoops name until a renovation in 1938. It was torn down in 1945 to allow more room for the addition of the Comet.|
|Laugh Land||1965||1938||This was the park's second of three funhouses. When it first opened, it was named Death Valley Funhouse. It was converted to "Laugh Land" just two years later, in 1940. The building was demolished in 1965, following that season.|
|Baseball field and grandstand||1970||1905||The baseball field actually predates the park itself. The day the park officially opened, a baseball game was played to commemorate the event.|
|Miniature Golf Course and Driving Range||1971||1953||This miniature golf course and driving range was located on Derry Road (today Park Boulevard) on what is now Chocolate World.|
|Funland||1972||1946||Funland opened in 1946, replacing the first funhouse, Whoops. It operated until 1972, when it was replaced by the Whipperoo which moved from Comet Hollow. The area where the building once stood is approximately where the Flying Falcon is presently located in the Minetown section of the park.|
|Dancing Waters||1974||1973||A light show and water pageant, performed on Spring Creek across from the Comet. During the show, jets would propel water from 15 to 150 feet in the air. The official name of the attraction was "Harold Steinman's Dancing Waters", though this was only used the first year.|
|Gold Nugget Shooting Gallery||1977||1973||Converted from a dark ride (i.e., Gold Nugget) into a shooting gallery. The building was demolished and replaced by the Fender Bender bumper cars.|
|Light Arcade||1979||1975||This was a plaza built in 1975 near the Carrousel in Carrousel Circle. It was re-themed in 1979, as the Starlight Arcade, and was subsequently considered neither part of Carrousel Circle or Rhineland, becoming its own themed area.|
|Cinemavision||1986||1983||A theater attraction which was a geodesic-domed theater showing panoramic films on a floor-to-ceiling screen.|
|Frontier Meeting House||1989||1987||Sharing the same building and the replacement for Cinemavision, the Frontier Meeting House was a special effect "turning room" attraction built in 1986 and operated during the 1987-1989 seasons before being scrapped and sold to an amusement park in China. The building is now known as the "Playdome Arcade."|
|Kid's Stuff||1991||1981||This "land" opened as a playground and activities for kids before being renamed Kaptian Kid's Kove in 1986. A pirate-themed show was added during the transformation. Located where Trailblazer Catering is today.|
|Dogpatch Dawgs||1993||1986||An audio-animatronic band of five dogs that appeared in a gazebo in Pioneer Frontier. The gazeebo remained for a number of years, but it was eventually removed.|
|Miniature Golf||1997||A small mini golf course next to the SooperDooperLooper. It was removed to make way for Great Bear, and is different from another miniature golf course that was part of then Hershey Park in the 50s and 60s.|
|Encyclopædia Britannica Booth||1998||1984||This started out as a park information booth, and over the years became an advertisement. Located where Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge is today.|
|Sweetest Parade on Earth||2004||1993||A daily parade of Hershey's characters and musicians throughout the park.|
|Nightlights||2004||2001||A laser light show that took place in Midway America. There were several shows that ran throughout the years, including Halloween (Frightlights) and Christmas (Brightlights) versions. Due to the powerful lasers used in the performance, the park had to get an FAA clearance before every show.|
|Haunted Harvest||2004||A Halloween walk-through attraction which featured live actors. Existed in the Wild Cat, Tidal Force and Canyon River Rapids catering areas.|
|Blacksmith's Shop||2004||Located next to Whistle Stop in Pioneer Frontier. Is currently a face-painting booth.|
|Little Red Caboose||2005||1970||An antique Reading Railroad caboose, which was originally used for birthday parties, before the park began using it as the "Lost Children's Caboose" in the 70's. The Little Red Caboose is still in the park (although now vacant) and can be found behind the Music Box Theater.|
|Frontier Virtual Theater||2007||2003||A virtual reality game, it had three rows of seats where people sat and stomped with their feet, etc. It replaced Conestoga after it was removed following the 2002 season. When it was removed, it was replaced by The Howler spinner ride.|
Unknown year removed
|Attraction||Last season||First season||Description|
|Hershey Park Bowling Alleys||1909||The bowling alley was built in 1909 and was located along Park Avenue. It was across a field from the park's main pavilion, which, as of the 2011 season is the Mixed Grille restaurant and The Loft Catering Area (formerly the Souvenir building).|
|Fairways Miniature Golf||1960||This miniature golf course was installed on the concrete surface of the outdoor rink next to Hersheypark Arena. It was manufactured by Fairways Miniature Golf Company.|
Past themed areas
|Ride||Last season||First season||Description|
|Kiddieland||1971||1949||This was kiddie ride area located near Hersheypark Arena that was first opened in 1949. Two of the first major kiddie rides was a water ride and a horse and buggy ride. The Kiddieland themed area was eliminated after the 1971 season, and later became part of the Music Box Way themed area of the park.|
|Animal Garden||1980||1972||This was a themed area that effectively replaced Hershey Park Zoo, which shut down operations in 1971. It was somewhat a petting zoo, though not all animals could be petted. Once ZooAmerica opened in 1978, this area remained for two seasons. When it was closed following the 1980 season, it was converted into Trailblazer Catering.|
|Tower Plaza||1989||1975||The area in front of the Kissing Tower entrance and exit, as well as the entrance of the Twin Turnpike. It was absorbed into the Minetown themed area that was formed in 1990. The main entrance of the park was located in this area from the park's first season in 1907, through the 1970 season.|
|Der Deutsche Platz||1991||1973||A showcase for local Pennsylvania Dutch artisans, including blacksmith, glassblower, weaver, spinner, and leather worker. Located in and around the Craft Barn.|
|Starlight Arcade||2002||1979||This was a plaza located near both Carrousel Circle and Rhineland, making it its own themed area. The Starlight Arcade was originally the Light Arcade (see above). On July 7, 1979, it was redeveloped into the Starlight Arcade. The Osmond family were the first to be honored; the family put their hand-prints in cement along with a bronze plaque with their name and signatures. Other celebrity hand-prints and signatures were subsequently added as they played in the park or at Hersheypark Arena or Stadium. This includes the Harlem Globetrotters, Mickey Mouse, and Santa Claus. It was replaced with a statue Milton S. Hershey. When this happened, this area became part of Founder's Circle. There is one remaining cement hand-print saved from the attraction, however, next to the operator's booth at the Flying Falcon.|
As a part of the adding a gate and one-price admission to Hersheypark, costume characters were now a part of the park's entertainment program. While walk-around Hershey candy bars have always been a part of this, Hersheypark had its own mascot characters in the late 70s and 80s. These included the Furry Tales, which were three brightly colored animals - a skunk, a bear, and a chipmunk. These characters were featured in promotional materials, daily shows, and even had their own shop selling plush toys in Rhineland. To this day, the shop continues to sell toys. Other discontinued characters include Pistol Pete and the rare character Kaptain Kid.
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