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Can anyone tell me what crowds are like during Christmas Candyland? were thinking of going the first weekend its open, I've never done a park outside of Disney at Christmas Time. I've also been to Hershey plenty of times during the summer, so I was just wondering what the comparison is too that.

 

Everyone else said it would be crowded but I had the exact opposite experience. Granted, it was also in the mid-30 degrees on my visit. Everything that was advertised to be open WAS open, though! Those icy rides on Wildcat will stick with me for a while! We had a great time and blew through everything they had to offer in a little over three hours. Make sure you take full advantage of the hot chocolate mug deal! Last year it was something like $10 or $11 to buy the souvenir mug/thermos and refills were free all night. We bought one to share and refilled that bad boy at least nine times! Hershey's hot chocolate is also the best damn hot chocolate I've had, so go wild!

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In spite of it being one of my absolute favorite parks, I usually only make the trip out to Hershey once a year. However, thanks to my 2020 plans going right into the crapper I'm working with what I'v

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It would be faster and a better use of your time to leave the park, drive to the airport, fly to Orlando, Uber to Seaworld and ride Mako than to wait 4 hours for Candymonium...   (Or you cou

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Locals/regulars: Best place in the park to find magnets (like fridge magnets)? Do they have any for any of the Intamins? lol. Thanks in advance.

Hersheypark Outfitters and Hershey Souvenirs and Gifts at the front of the park right as you go in. The first one has Hershey Triple Tower magnets and some other random ones. The second one I think had a Skyrush magnet.

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^^ Also if you're one of those hardcore Christmas fanatics like my wife is, you may be able to find even more magnets at their dedicated Christmas shop also near the main entrance.

 

(I might need to get a second tree this year simply to hang all the ornaments she's purchased/had me purchase for her from our theme park travels.)

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Definitely not a Christmas fanatic, in fact a feeling of dread crept over me when the missus recently mentioned how many paydays were left until then lol, but we do have a few random Xmas decorations related to parks/coasters so I'll definitely take a look.

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(I might need to get a second tree this year simply to hang all the ornaments she's purchased/had me purchase for her from our theme park travels.)

 

We're in the same boat. We have so many f*cking ornaments. I never got into pins (and I never will), patches (again... no), magnets or keychains but if it's an ornament... shut up and take my money.

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I don't collect much park stuff save for a handful of t-shirts and magnets. I do own a Great Adventure keychain from a few years back that I still use - its super retro and awesome. Other than that and a few ornaments I just do the magnets. Our fridge is covered in them. I like to own magnets for coasters I really like, but I have caved on magnets I really liked even though the coaster is not a fave (Hydra, Stinger, lol). The missus definitely rolled her eyes at me the other day when I mentioned having to find some new magnets @ Hershey. We'll run out of room sooner or later.

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I don't collect much park stuff save for a handful of t-shirts and magnets. I do own a Great Adventure keychain from a few years back that I still use - its super retro and awesome. Other than that and a few ornaments I just do the magnets. Our fridge is covered in them. I like to own magnets for coasters I really like, but I have caved on magnets I really liked even though the coaster is not a fave (Hydra, Stinger, lol). The missus definitely rolled her eyes at me the other day when I mentioned having to find some new magnets @ Hershey. We'll run out of room sooner or later.

 

My fridge has so many magnets on it from places we've been and parks/coasters that you can't even tell what color it is haha. Don't expect finding much in the way of magnets at HP this year. I was unbelievably disappointed to not find anything when I went in August. There are the standard Hersheybar and Reeses Dude magnets but nothing even remotely interesting other than that and no coasters. If you do happen to find something cool please post it!

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The missus definitely rolled her eyes at me the other day when I mentioned having to find some new magnets @ Hershey. We'll run out of room sooner or later.

Either that, or you're gonna need a bigger fridge.

 

This calls for a beer fridge.

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I ended up going to the park the past 2 Sundays. Both days were low crowds as expected but the 22nd was slightly more crowded than the 15th. Everything was 0 - 10 minutes with the exception of Laff Trakk, Storm Runner (1 train running on the 22nd) and Fahrenheit early in the day. I waited until after 7 both trips and waited 1 train for Fahrenheit. On both days I was at the park for around 6 hours and got 31 rides on the 15th and 25 rides on the 22nd.

 

Coal Cracker was closed on both days. Someone asked the photo booth employee at Great Bear about the ride being open this past Sunday and was told the ride doesn't operate in the fall. It's on the Hersheypark In the Dark map and is listed as an operating ride for the event on the website plus it ran last year in October.

 

The Kisses Triple Tower was also closed both days. It didn't seem to matter much since the Reese's Tower rarely had a wait and the Hershey Tower had at most a 2 - 3 cycle wait.

 

I made the mistake of riding Sidewinder on the 22nd. I got a bad headache from going backwards and I never felt 100% the rest of the trip after that.

 

I'm probably going to visit Christmas Candylane once but it's a shame that with the exception of sooperdooperlooper, the coasters running are probably my least favorite in the park.

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It looks like Hershey might not be as strict about the cold temperatures this year for the coasters. It is around 36 degrees and from looking at the app both sooperdooperlooper (with an hour wait) and Wild Mouse are running. I thought they wouldn't run any outdoor coasters if it was colder than the low 40s.

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Hi everybody! (Hi, doctor Nick!)

 

The fiancee and I just took a trip to Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane last night and had a friggin blast! Unlike our trip last year we didn't freeze to near-death. Last year it was probably 30 degrees with a stiff breeze. This year it hovered in the low 40s with no wind at all. Anyways, enough about the weather and more on our bottomless hot chocolate and poor laser targeting.

 

Yes, the bottomless hot chocolate. Still the best deal going in the theme park world. Pay $11.75, get unending hot chocolate all night and you get to take home the travel mug. By the way, the travel mug is actually great quality. I've used the one we got last year plenty of times and it's held up better than any other store-bought travel mugs we have. Long story short, we refilled our hot chocolate eight times. For free. In less than four hours. It was delicious and we're probably both going to die young from diabetes. Delicious, delicious diabetes. You guys got any insulin?

 

Sooper Dooper Looper was running well and HOLY CRAP NEW TRAINS?! I missed the memo on that one. It was lovely to sit on a Schwarzkopf without having my knees jammed into the seat in front of me!

 

The Triple Tower shocked the crap out of me. When they announced it I really didn't care. Another S&S tower? Yay. Whatever. Ride one, you've ridden them all. I was wrong. We hit all three from shortest to tallest and I gotta say this is one hell of an addition. The smallest one has some great ejector air at the top! Not very scary but definitely a great "whoah! whee!" moment. The middle tower has even crazier ejector air at the top, one that made me shout a few obscenities. The tallest tower actually freaked me out. See, I'm not afraid of heights, but this pulls a trick on you. We rode facing the other towers. When we launched and we rocketed higher than the middle tower I legit nearly pooped my pants. It's one hell of an optical illusion to make you think you are WAY higher than you actually are, plus the fact that it was built on one of the higher points in the park. Great ride all around!

 

The indoor laser ride was, well, awful. I really don't know why I willingly ride it every time I visit because I know it's awful. Someone help. Oh, and I also scored maybe three targets because my aim blows.

 

Wildcat I'll defend until the day I die. I love the ride and anyone who says otherwise is dumb.

 

The Wild Mouse. Funny story, they told me to keep the hot chocolate with us rather than set it on the exit platform. Ummmm, OK? Thank god the lid on the travel mug is trustworthy! If you've been on this Wild Mouse you know it's one of the better ones because it doesn't ever brake. The first half with the hot chocolate was fine and dandy since it was just going around turns. Then the sudden drops, airtime, and crazy intense turns happened. I was fully expecting the lid to pop off and to come back to the station covered in hot chocolate but it held strong! We hit the brake run laughing like idiots and happily dry!

 

Laff Trakk wasn't spinning so well this time and it didn't have nearly as many Christmas lights inside as it did last year. Oh, well.

 

The train and monorail were fun little segways to enjoy the lights and get off our feet.

 

Again, great trip to Hershey to see some blinking lights!

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Nice to see that Hersheypark's "cram as many tracked rides into the smallest space possible, even if it means going over buildings" philosophy continues to the water park attractions.

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Hello everyone. I'm looking to do a Hershey Park/Knoebels trip early next year and I'm asking for some good advice on when to go. This will be our first trip to both of these parks. I'd like to get the most out of the park hours.

 

Here's quick preliminary plan:

Knoebels on Saturday 06/02, since the park is open from 10am-10pm. We might get a cottage if we can get past the incredibly dated look.

 

06/03 will be a culture day somewhere near Hershey or within an hour or so out of the way. Suggestions?

 

06/04 - 06/05 two full days at Hershey park from 10am-8pm. I didn't realize this park closes so early.

 

I'm somewhat flexible on the dates and I was curious how the crowds have been in the past on these days. I'm assuming a lot of kids will still be in school, but I fear we may hit a lot of school groups. I hate going when we're surrounded by teens. Again, we're looking for a compromise between crowds and long operating hours. Maybe we could shift our HP day to 06/03 and have our culture day in between to avoid crowds.

 

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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