Brr...hope that everyone is staying warm! Changes are coming to Chocolate World, specifically the Tour Ride and retail areas. Earlier this summer we learned of a project to rework the entrance/exit of both the Tour Ride and retail areas. Well, construction of those projects have begun... Also in the update, more changes are coming to the entrance and Tram Circle areas of Hersheypark.
This pretty much sums up the temporary setup of things.
The souvenir area of Chocolate World has been closed off.
And most of the souvenirs have been moved to the area where Kissworks use to be and the area around Bake Shoppe.
The normal exit to the Tour Ride has been blocked off, and you now temporarily enter/exit from the same spot. You can see the bin which contains the free samples of candy.
With it being winter, having this temporary setup won't cause too many problems like it would if it were summertime, but I am slightly worried what it will be like on Saturdays.
The souvenir and cookie area has been completely gutted, and a new wall is being constructed.
Moving over to the park... You may remember that in 2013 the height measurement signs were moved and a new plaza for them was built, making the midway leading to the front gate wider and less congested.
Now for 2014, which appears to be the second phase of a multi-year project to improve capacity and traffic flow of the front gate area, the Group Sales building has been completely knocked down. Will it be rebuilt?
The building use to be on the left side of the midway.
Lots of markings on the ground.
You can see where the building once was.
With the front entrance of the park being such a largely debated topic, any change or improvement can spark lots of opinions.... Remember, this area of Hersheypark was constructed in the 70's, so at this point updates and change are inevitable, and certainly welcomed.
If you have any questions...feel free to ask (I know some of these things can be confusing), and we'll definitely have updates throughout the entire winter on all the Chocolate World and park projects.
Thanks for reading!