Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Hershey to Upgrade Chocolate World Ride

Hershey’s Chocolate World will be shutting down their ride starting on January 3rd for a major upgrade and plans to reopen in April.

For those who have not visited the American chocolate Mecca that is “The Town that Chocolate Built”, it’s worth the diversion of you’re in the area. Of course the big appeal is not just the factory and park but also the main streets that feature streetlights shaped like Hershey Kisses (wrapped and unwrapped). Chocolate World was opened in 1973, built as an alternative to the factory tours that Hershey used to offer, and is right next to Hershey Park. Hershey Park itself is a fun destination, an amusement park built for the town and workers in the early 1900s, it’s now a great regional amusement park with one of the country’s best wooden roller coasters (The Comet).


I went to Chocolate World on New Year’s Day this year and found the Chocolate World ride a little ordinary and I have to say that I’m glad to hear that they’re redoing it. We used to call it, “It’s a Small Chocolate World” as it reminded us of “It’s a Small World” at Disneyland. The new ride is reported to include a trio of dairy cows and their bull, Hef, that will stress the importance of the local milk to Hershey chocolate.

Given the choice, of course, I’d prefer to visit the real factory but I understand that Hershey has 3 million visitors a year for Chocolate World and that’s just too many to take through a working factory.

Link to article at Lebanon Daily News.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:21 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     Hershey'sNews

  1. And I thought the attraction was smelling the chocolate in the air near the factory and then driving down the main street and smelling the peanut butter near the Reese’s plant.  If the wind was just right, the town smelled like peanut butter cups.

    Comment by Matt on 12/22/05 at 7:27 am #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Funny you mention that Matt. I was in town (I lived in the area) more than one time when the peanut roaster or something went wrong and the whole town smelled like burnt peanuts. That’s not pleasant.

    Of course it’s better than Mechanicsburg, where we lived, that had a Purina Dog Food factory ... that always smelled the same.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/22/05 at 10:11 am #
  3. Back in either the late 1960s or early 1970s my parent told me they got an actual tour of the factory which they must have still been doing at the time. Some guy was rolling back some trays of “failed” chocolates to be remelted down and my mom asked if she could have some. The guy said “I’m not going to look” and she took it. (Which is funny now because she eats no chocolate at all).

    I’ve been on the Hershey’s faux-factory ride twice, once when I was 7 or 8, and the second time when I was in high school. I haven’t been on “It’s a Small World” ride so my only reference for it was that Simpson’s episode where Lisa and Bart go to Duffyland with Aunt Selma and Lisa goes crazy in the same kind of ride.

    “Duffy beer for you. Duffy beer for me. I’ll have a Duff. You’ll have one too. Duff beer for me. Duff beer for you….”

    There was a song like that at the end of the Hershey ride.

    Comment by Bitchkittie on 2/26/06 at 4:46 pm #
  4. we got thirteen people in one of those carts. everyone had people on there lap. on another cart my friend jumps out of the cart grabs a rotating recces package puts it back falls 3 feet off the edge and scrambles back onto the cart. looks back and a light is knocked askew.

    Comment by will on 10/25/08 at 3:45 pm #
  5. hi peeps anyone love chocolate

    Comment by keanu jerrard on 10/12/09 at 4:18 am #
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