If the two things you can't get enough of in life are chocolate and roller coasters, make plans to visit Hersheypark.
On Wednesday, the park made its “biggest announcement ever”: It will undergo a $150-million renovation to open a new 23-acre expansion called “Chocolate Town” within the next two years.
“Chocolate Town” will include Hersheypark’s 15th roller coaster, which the park calls its "longest, tallest, and fastest to date." Details about the new coaster are expected to be released in the summer. From what we know so far, the ride will be a “hypercoaster” because it will stand more than 200 feet tall.
Chocolate Town will also include a flagship Hershey’s store, ice cream parlor, kettle corn stand, and the parks’ largest restaurant, bar and patio.
“We are incredibly excited to enter this next chapter in the rich history of Hersheypark,” John Lawn, president and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, said in a statement. “This will be a definitive project for Hersheypark, HE&R and our destination.”
Construction on the new plaza will begin in January 2019. Next summer, the park will re-introduce the Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge as the Reese’s Cupfusion. In the game, riders must protect the Reese’s factory as the League of Misfit Candy tries to take over.
It may defy conventional wisdom to marry (literal) tons of chocolate and an epic roller coaster. But it sure looks fun.