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Hersheypark announced over the weekend that they would be reopening on July 3rd and I couldn’t be more excited about it. If you don’t know us, my family loves theme parks (the boys are even starting to get on more rides, they did so well at Nickelodeon Resort). With Covid still a major concern, we probably won’t be flying to any theme parks this summer so I was anxiously awaiting Hersheypark’s reopening announcement since it is just a short drive from the city. With July 1st and 2nd reserved for season pass holders, Hersheyoark is planning to reopen their gates in just 2 weeks and I can’t wait to see in person how the reopening is handled. Below is what we know about the Hersheypark reopening so far.

Safety

  • New reservations system. Every guest with summer tickets, group tickets or Season Passes over the age of 2 will be required to make a reservation for a specific visit date to ensure we can comply with capacity guidelines as set by the state.
  • Face coverings required. Per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in accordance with an Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, face coverings are required for all guests over the age of 2 and team members at this time, except while dining and on certain attractions. 
  • Temperature checks. Guests should be prepared to undergo a temperature screening with a contactless, infrared thermometer prior to entering Hersheypark. Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed to enter.

Attractions

  • A virtual queuing system may be used if needed to assist with managing ridership inside Hersheypark. If the virtual queuing system is implemented, more details will be shared at that time.
  • Guests will be asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the queue/waiting area or before boarding attractions. Hand sanitizer will be available for guests to use when they exit the attraction area.
  • We will implement alternative ride queuing methods where possible to manage capacity and facilitate social distancing. Queue lines will allow for proper social distancing by marking the ground to denote the appropriate 6 feet of social distance between guests.
  • The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. Guests will not be required to wear face coverings while in the water or on water attractions. All guests over the age of 2 will be required to wear a face covering while indoors in public areas, and outdoors when physical distancing from others outside your travel party is difficult.
  • ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park will also open to the public on June 22, 2020, with exclusive days for Zoo Annual Pass holders on June 19, and Zoo Annual Pass holders and Hersheypark Season Pass holders on June 20 and 21. For more information, visit www.ZooAmerica.com.
  • The Official Resorts of Hersheypark: All resorts are open with new safety enhancements and various property amenities, including dining, pool and recreation offerings. Guests can enjoy savings with popular summer packages like the Hersheypark package, Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE and 2-Day Stay & Play packages. For rates and additional information, visit www.Hersheypark.com/official-resorts/packages/.

With the opening of Chocolatetown and Hershey’s Candymonium, it is shaping up to be an exciting summer at the park. They seem to have thoroughly thought things through with the Hersheypark reopening. So I am interested to see firsthand what social distancing, cleaning procedures and the overall crowd control will be like. Will you be headed to any theme parks this summer? What would you like to see in terms of safety from your favorite destinations? Since I only touched the tip of the surface of everything being implemented, feel free to check out their safety protocols yourself here: https://www.hersheypark.com/safety.php.

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