She can't leave without riding the carousel at least twice.

Every time Lesley Mohr takes her kids to Hersheypark, she has to stop at the old, wooden carousel in Founder's Circle.

As a Wurlitzer military band organ plays in the background, she relives happy childhood memories and forms new traditions with her husband and their two daughters.

"It's one of the rides we can all ride together," said Mohr, a 37-year-old York Township resident.

Thinking of families like the Mohrs, Hersheypark this year has added three new rides the whole family can enjoy.

"It's part of our overall goal to be family friendly," said Kathy Burrows, spokeswoman for the 107-year-old park.

New Hershey Park ride. HersheyPark photo
New Hershey Park ride. HersheyPark photo

In the previous three years, Hersheypark added two big roller coasters and additions in the water park — attractions geared toward the venue's adult guests.

"They are popular additions to the park, but this year we wanted to make sure we added attractions everyone can enjoy," she said.

New rides: Families will be able to ride the new Cocoa Cruiser, a roller coaster suitable for all ages, Burrows said.

"Many of our guests share roller coaster memories with us and tell us their first coaster experience was here at Hersheypark," said General Manager Kevin Stumpf. "We are happy to offer another first-coaster opportunity for our younger guests and look forward to hearing their stories in the future."

A Tea Cup Ride and Sweet Swing will also open this season. The teacups — an amusement park classic — holds two adults and two children in each cup. The swing is a large bench swing with two sides, accomodating two adults and four children on each side.

"I'm really looking forward to the teacups. We went on the teacups in Disney World and loved it, and I'm so glad Hershey brought them here. The kids will be so excited," said Jennifer Albertson, a 40-year-old Spring Garden Township resident.

New eats: David Elliott said he's looking forward to the new food.

The 42-year-old Springettsbury Township resident and Hersheypark season ticket holder is happy about the addition of Chickie's & Pete's, a popular restaurant in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area known for its crabfries.

The restaurant also sells cheesesteaks and crab pretzels.

"It's so good. I'll definitely be stopping there this year," he said.

As the frozen yogurt trend continues to grow across the midstate, Hersheypark is adding a do-it-yourself frozen yogurt bar. Guests can choose among 18 flavors and several toppings.

The park will open next week for Springtime in the Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 20.

Jessica Yurio-Roberts said, even though less rides will be open, she and her family will be going to Springtime in the Park because it's half of the regular-season ticket price.

"If the four of us went (during the regular season) this summer, it would cost us $240 just to get in," said the 41-year-old Dallastown resident.

Price hike: The regular season ticket price for guests, ages 9 through 54, increased $2 to $59.95.

"When you add in food and other extras, it really adds up. It's a little steep for us," she said.

Ticket prices for some other age groups increased $1, but prices for guests 70 and older did not increase. And children 2 and younger are still free.

"We did add some new attractions this year, and a park of this size is expensive to maintain," Burrows said.

Hersheypark's admission price increasing is consistent and competitive with other amusement parks, she said.

"Many people spend 12 hours at our park, and we think that price for 12 hours of entertainment is a good value," Burrows.

Hersheypark ticket prices

Springtime in the Park (April 12-13 and 18-20)

3-8: $20.95

9-54: $30.95

55-69: $20.95

70+: $20.95

2 and younger: Free

Early season (May 9-23)

3-8: $36.95

9-54: $58.95

55-69: $36.95

70+: $23.95

2 and younger: Free

Regular season (after May 23)

3-8: $37.95

9-54: $59.95

55-69 $37.95

70+: $23.95

2 and younger: Free

—Reach Candy Woodall at