Hersheypark announces plans for $150M expansion, new coaster

The Associated Press
In this Monday, July 23, 2018, aerial image provided by The Wyse Choice photography in Hershey, Pa., muddy brown floodwaters in Spring Creek flow beneath the sooperdooperLooper roller coaster, in blue, and the Great Bear roller coaster, in black, at the Hersheypark theme park in Hershey, Pa. Hersheypark and the neighboring ZooAmerica wildlife park closed due to flooding Monday, July 23, 2018, after three days of rain in the central and eastern parts of Pennsylvania that caused Spring Creek to flood and the nearby Swatara Creek to approach moderate flood stage. (The Wyse Choice via AP)

HERSHEY – Hersheypark has announced plans for a $150 million expansion that includes a new roller coaster.

The central Pennsylvania amusement park said Wednesday that its Chocolatetown attraction will “unlock an all-new chapter.” According to Hersheypark, the 23-acre area will include a restaurant and bar, a confectionary kitchen and an ice cream parlor. Patrons will also be able to shop at a 10,000-square-foot store.

Hersheypark says its new roller coaster will be the park’s “tallest, longest, fasted and sweetest” ever. According to park filings with the Federal Aviation Administration, the ride will rise over 200 feet, classifying it as a “hypercoaster.”

Officials say the expansion project is the largest capital investment in Hershey Entertainment & Resorts history. Chocolatetown is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 season.