Hersheypark to host groundbreaking for expansion project

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 9, 2019 4:18 AM

FILE PHOTO: The Great Bear, an inverted roller coaster, and the Skyview ride are seen at Hersheypark in Hershey. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Hershey) -- Hersheypark is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the park's 23-acre, $150 million expansion project.

A ceremony for the planned Chocolatetown attraction is set for this morning at 10:00.

Renovations include a new roller coaster that will be the park's "tallest, longest, fastest and sweetest" ever.

The ride will be classified as a "hypercoaster" because it will rise over 200 feet.

The area will include a restaurant and bar, a confectionary kitchen and an ice cream parlor. Visitors will also be able to shop at a 10,000-square-foot store.

The famed Hersheypark entrance will be replaced with a new entrance closer to the Chocolate World visitor center.

Chocolatetown is expected to be complete by the 2020 season.

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