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Hersheypark Cranes New Comet Coaster Trains Onto Track

Pennsylvania Amusement Park Opens for 118th Year on March 29, 2024

The beautiful weather in Hershey, Pa., is a sure sign that roller coaster riding season at Hersheypark is almost here!

The largest amusement park in Pennsylvania has been working all winter to prepare for its 118th operating year kicking off on March 29 - the earliest opening date ever. This week, the Hersheypark maintenance team is craning the roller coaster cars, including the new Comet trains, back onto the coaster tracks using a massive crane.

Check out the video and photos below for a behind-the-scenes look at the coaster craning.


New Coaster Ride Experiences During Spring Weekends

Starting Easter weekend, thrill seekers can enjoy two new coaster ride experiences at Hersheypark on Comet and Skyrush, weather permitting.

Comet, the oldest continuously operating coaster at Hersheypark, will debut new custom trains featuring a three-tone blue color scheme and a glittering metal flake treatment.  The lead car will have new logos that harken back to the early 70's iconography of the Comet but with a new celestial treatment that carries onto the side panels of each car for an out-of-this-world look. The star is now featured prominently blazing across the track, leaving a sparkling ion tail in its wake. The new trains will also boast gold trim and diamond plate details. 

Skyrush, which is located right next to Comet in The Hollow region will feature a first-class flight experience with all-new seats and restraints. Passengers will now board Skyrush from a reimagined station platform featuring an all-new paint scheme, lighting effects and custom soundscape. The investment in the high-thrill attraction will provide coaster lovers with added comfort while experiencing the adrenaline rush they know and crave.


Additionally, 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Hershey Characters delighting generations of guests. Hersheypark is the only amusement park where visitors can meet and greet with their favorite Hershey brands.

Tickets used during Spring Weekends also include Our Friends From The Sea performances in the Aquatheatre and visits to ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park only by accessing the Zoo through the bridge inside Hersheypark during posted Park hours.

Best Price on Hersheypark Tickets and Season Passes Ends March 17

Guests can save more than 40 percent on 1-day tickets to Hersheypark when purchased on Hersheypark.com with the Best Price Of The Year offer through this Sunday, March 17. Tickets purchased during this sale will be valid on any 2024 public operating day from March 29, 2024, through Jan. 1, 2025. 

Season Passes are on sale at the Best Price Of The Year through March 17, with King Size, Full Size and Bite Size options offering unlimited visits throughout the 2024 operating year. Depending on the Pass type, Season Pass Holders can also enjoy sweet perks like free parking and one-hour early access during daily summer operations, exclusive Season Pass Holder events and great discounts around town. New perks also include the Pre-K Pass, where guests under the age of 5 can enjoy unlimited admission with a Full, King or Giant Size Pass Holder.