Winter at Hersheypark: Behind the Scenes
It’s February and the midways at Hersheypark are not open to the public but employees and work vehicles can be seen throughout the 121- acre amusement Park.
Inside the Hersheypark Service Center, more than 175 people on the Hersheypark Ride Maintenance Team are busy performing ride overhauls on the Park’s more than 70 rides and attractions. Each ride is disassembled down to the frame. Nuts, bolts and screws are replaced. Seats are reupholstered and ride parts are painted.
At this time of year, one of the most impressive sights is seeing the massive roller coaster cars being gently lifted off the tracks by a huge crane and then being transported to an indoor building. Once inside the building, the coaster cars, as well as all the other ride vehicles, will have the exterior parts carefully removed according to the specifications of each ride manufacturer.
The goal of the Ride Maintenance Team is to have each and every ride at Hersheypark looking better than new when the Park opens for Springtime in the Park on April 8 and 9 and April 14-16.
Several Ride Maintenance employees have been working on the same ride for more than 25 years and know the ride and its operation like the back of their hand. Safety is the Park’s #1 priority and team members take their work very seriously. Not only do they ride the rides; their families do too. You can sense the feeling of pride as you walk through the Service Center and watch this talented team at work.
To stay current on all the happenings at Hersheypark, visit www.Hersheypark.com and connect with our branded social media channels: Hersheypark on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter plus Snapchat as Hersheyparksnap. Don’t forget to share your #HersheyparkHappy moments with us! See you for Springtime in the Park.