7 Ways to Celebrate Comet Turning 75 This Summer at Hersheypark
The oldest coaster at Hersheypark Marks its 75th anniversary in May 2021
This summer, Hersheypark is celebrating 75 years of thrills on Comet roller coaster. The oldest coaster at Hersheypark opened to the public in May 1946 and is best known for its several airtime-producing bunny hills.
If you're planning a visit to Hersheypark during our 115th season, here are 7 ways you can join us in the sweet celebration of Comet.
1. Take a ride on Comet
Comet is located in The Hollow region of Hersheypark. Riders 42" and taller (Reese's height category and above) can take a ride on the wooden roller coaster during Springtime In The Park, summer and Hersheypark In The Dark (weather permitting). The coaster climbs 96 feet and reaches a top speed of 50 miles per hour during its 3,360-foot ride. Are you ready for a ride?
3. Enjoy a Sweet Coaster Treat
Guests can sweeten up their visit with Hersheypark-themed treats topped with Hershey's candies, including a Comet Coaster Bar, from The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen. Located in Hershey's Chocolatetown, The Sweeterie is a confectionery kitchen with a curated collection of mouth-watering confections including chocolate-dipped treats, decadent desserts, signature hand-crafted fudge, and more.
4. Take home a Comet souvenir
What better way to remember a Hersheypark Happy visit in 2021 than by taking home a Comet souvenir? Hersheypark Supply Co., a premier, 10,000-square-foot flagship store featuring the largest collection of apparel, gifts, toys and more exclusive to Hersheypark, just released some Comet merchandise to commemorate the ride's 75th anniversary.
Guests can purchase the following Comet-inspired items while supplies last:
- Short-sleeved Comet 75th anniversary shirt
- Short-sleeved shirt featuring all of the wooden roller coasters at Hersheypark, including Comet
- Metal water bottle with the names of all of the coasters at Hersheypark
- Comet socks
- Comet Coaster Cutout
5. Construct a Coaster Cutout
Available for purchase at Hersheypark Supply Co., coaster lovers can construct a Comet Coaster Cutout made from birch plywood and proudly display it at home or on a desk.
Coaster Cutouts are the newest product from Coasterdynamix. They press-fit together like a 3-dimensional puzzle to create models of roller coaster train cars.
6. Have lunch or dinner in the Comet booth
Opening May 29, The Chocolatier is an all-new, full-service restaurant, bar, and patio serving up classic family fare with a fun spin and hints of chocolate in Hershey’s Chocolatetown. The space features past and present pieces from the Hersheypark ride collection, one-of-a-kind views of neighboring attractions, and a second story patio with a bar that provides panoramic views of Hersheypark.
Guests can enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks - all from a booth designed to resemble Comet. Check it out in the photos below. The Chocolatier is open year-round and a Hersheypark ticket is not required to dine.
7. Take a virtual ride on Comet
Can't make it to Hersheypark this year? You can still enjoy a front-row seat on Comet from the comfort of your couch with a virtual ride.
Guests can save on Hersheypark tickets valid any day, any season through January 2, 2022, by purchasing online. Summer tickets include three parks in one with a wide range of family-friendly and thrill attractions; The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park (open May 29-September 6) with one million gallons of water; and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park with dozens of animals from five regions of North America.