Last year Hersheypark unveiled its biggest coaster, and this year the focus on its new water attractions.
"When guests offer feedback, they ask for more coasters and more water," said spokeswoman Kathy Burrows. "We gave them the coaster last year, and this year we're giving them the water."
For its 2012 summer season, the 110-acre amusement park debuted Skyrush, a 200-foot-tall wing-ride coaster that allows riders' legs to dangle freely.
Beginning Wednesday, the park will be open daily through Labor Day, and on Saturday the venue will open the Boardwalk at Hersheypark with two new water slides and Shoreline Sprayground-a 7,000-square-foot water play area.
The Boardwalk will also have more seating and more shade this year, Burrows said.
"That area is extremely popular as summer gets warmer. On hot summer days it's wonderful to be in the shade at the waterpark," she said.
In Shoreline Sprayground, guests will find a giant tipping bucket, several fountains, a 5,600-square-foot aquaflex splash pad and more.
The two new waterslides bring the Boardwalk's count to six and increase rider capacity by 50 percent, Burrows said.
New attractions are suitable for all guests, she said.
Hersheypark doesn't discriminate by age, Burrows said. Instead, height requirements are assigned to rides and attractions.
A new stage has also been added at the Boardwalk, and five new shows have been added throughout Hersheypark: "Hershey's Character Quiz Show" in the Amphitheater, "Dueling Pianos" and "Fusion Show" in the Music Box Theatre, "The Wild, Wild West Show" in the Country Grill and "Reese's Boardwalk Bash" near Shoreline Sprayground.
Guests may also notice new costumes on several characters, including Hershey's Bar, Reese's and Hershey's Kiss. The costume changes reflect the characters' new look in the "Great Chocolate Factory Mystery in 4D" at Hershey's Chocolate World, Burrows said.
The cost to get into the park has also changed. Regular one-day admission prices are $57.95 for ages 9 to 54, $36.95 for children ages 3 to 8, $36.95 for seniors ages 55 to 69, $23.95 for seniors 70 and older, and children 2 years old and younger are admitted free.
Prices have increased $1 in each age group since last year, and the rates reflect a $6 increase since 2009.
Burrows said admission, which also includes entry to ZooAmerica and numerous performances held inside the park, can be reduced by utilizing coupons and discounted ticket prices at Giant.
"Admission prices have gone up to cover the increased cost of operating and building new attractions. Most days the park is open 12 hours, so it's still a really good, affordable way to have fun with your family," she said.
For more information, visit www.hersheypark.com.
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