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Looks like they wanted a mini city walk.

I see more regional parks diversifying and adding citywalk type things to the property. Not many are capable, or in a proper location to do so, but to those that are... What are you waiting for?
It's very smart on Hershey Entertainment & Resorts to add a "city walk" area right next to Chocolate World, they can poach some of the guests during Hersheypark's off days to keep generating more money throughout the season. HE&R doesn't own Chocolate World, but it does run year round.
 
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It's very smart on Hershey Entertainment & Resorts to add a "city walk" area right next to Chocolate World, they can poach some of the guests during Hersheypark's off days to keep generating more money throughout the season. HE&R doesn't own Chocolate World, but it does run year round.
While correct, what Chocolatetown is going to be is vastly different, and from what I'm told will avoid competing with, Chocolate World. Despite being owned by different entities, they are still very closely tied. Think of BGW never having Coors Products because of the history with AB. This is more apt to hurt the recent development in downtown Hershey than it is to hurt Chocolate World.
 
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What happens between the flat section behind the restaurant and the station return? Seems like there is a fair bit of distance to cover there, at ride's end.

Anything beyond a swooping turn and a back brake?
 
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Flythough of the area.

Also just for a rough idea: Yell is the buildings, pink is the new gate, maroon is the kiss fountain, and the light blue is the old gate. Tried to make the size close to what it is. About where the current Hersheypark Place (where the one yellow block is over) is the relative relocation of the carousel. One thing I'm concerned with is Tudor Square. It would be hearbreaking to me to completely lose that. If it becomes a split path to get to the Hallow and Tudor sticks I'm fine with that. One thing that's striking to me...I've heard Cedar Fair comparisons to the entrance....I'm feeling very Disney California Adventure vibes from it.
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1st turn around is giving me Mako turnaround vibes. 2nd turnaround is giving me smaller Apollo turnaround vibes. And the 3rd turnaround is giving me a very end of Behemoth vibe.
 

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I'm also hoping that Tudor Square is preserved. It appears that this new entrance and "CityWalk" will be built in front (and slightly off to the side) of the current entrance that includes Tudor Square so hopefully that means its safe.

EDIT: Looks like almost all of Tudor Square is getting demolished and the majority of the trees are saying goodbye as well. NewPlusNotes points out which buildings are getting torn down to make way for the new Chocolatetown.
 
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The loss of Tudor Square is what really snuffs out a lot of the enthusiasm I would otherwise have for this addition. That had always been my favorite part of Hersheypark—and easily one of the most charming entry areas I've ever seen at a theme park anywhere.

Ultimately, I know there really wasn't another good option. I have yet to be able to theorize a way they could have built Chocolatetown while preserving Tudor Square without some MAJOR compromises. So yeah, Hersheypark is making the right choice here in my opinion, but it's still incredibly bittersweet to me.

Also... Maybe I'm alone here, but... I hate the architecture of Chocolatetown. The "repurposed warehouse" aesthetic is great when it's repurposing actual brick warehouses in previously vacant and lifeless industrial districts.

That said, attempts to imitate that style are everywhere now. It's getting to the point where the style is really, truly cliche in my honest opinion.

Combine the overused, off-the-shelf, run-of-the-mill architectural styling with the remarkably generic (and frankly uninspired), "lets do that new entrance thing like Cedar Fair"-copy-and-paste-job feel of the new entry way, ticketing area, gate, etc. and... I truthfully expected something more Hershey from Hersheypark. 😕
 
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The loss of Tudor Square is what really snuffs out a lot of the enthusiasm I would otherwise have for this addition. That had always been my favorite part of Hersheypark—and easily one of the most charming entry areas I've ever seen at a theme park anywhere.

Ultimately, I know there really wasn't another good option. I have yet to be able to theorize a way they could have built Chocolatetown while preserving Tudor Square without some MAJOR compromises. So yeah, Hersheypark is making the right choice here in my opinion, but it's still incredibly bittersweet to me.
I think ultimately I would agree, but right now....I'm stung.

Also... Maybe I'm alone here, but... I hate the architecture of Chocolatetown. The "repurposed warehouse" aesthetic is great when it's repurposing actual brick warehouses in previously vacant and lifeless industrial districts.

That said, attempts to imitate that style are everywhere now. It's getting to the point where the style is really, truly cliche in my honest opinion.

Combine the overused, off-the-shelf, run-of-the-mill architectural styling with the remarkably generic (and frankly uninspired), "lets do that new entrance thing like Cedar Fair"-copy-and-paste-job feel of the new entry way, ticketing area, gate, etc. and... I truthfully expected something more Hershey from Hersheypark. 😕
Ok, I do disagree here but likely for a unexpected reason.

'Repurposed warehouse' is very Hershey. That was the inspiration for the GIANT Center. That's the style of Chocolate World. The office buildings at the other side of the park used to be the factory. I do feel as though this aesthetic makes sense for Hershey more so than other parks.



Ok not aimed at you @Zachary, you just happened to be quoted when I don't want to double post (also I try not to use foul language but I cant help it):
There are people saying that Hersheypark is going to get a 'real hyper', and those people can fuck off. Ok that's strong, but those people suck. Skyrush is a real hyper and a great hyper at that. Just because Skyrush isn't their cup of tea doesn't make it a 'real hyper'. Just.....ugh. I hope no one here says something as infuriating at that. /rant
 
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Well, construction has started! Equipment is on site, and clearing is starting around Spring Creek outside the park, the member lot between Hershey Stadium and Hershey Arena has been fenced off, and some of the breaking of the parking lot has started to happen.
 
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I'm quite amazed no one has reported on this but Hersheypark has officially had its groundbreaking ceremony for Chocolatetown.

All-American Thrills was attending and has footage of the ceremony, despite construction already beginning as evidenced in the background of the video.

Hershey has also released an updated map showing the new entry experience. Some of the original Tudor Square looks to be staying, whereas most of it will not be there come opening day.
 
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RIP Tudor Square. Always loved the charm. I think it's why I love BGW's entry so much.
 

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That was the best part of the park, in my opinion.
I agree entirely. I've never understood the love of Hersheypark as a whole. To me it isn't very beautiful, has a silly layout, and feels very corporate. Sure it's nicer than Six Flags, but I don't put it above most of Cedar Fair.

The entrance to Hersheypark was quaint, and kinda gave the park the vibe to carry throughout the park. I worry without it that it will feel like a totally different park, though I still welcome this expansion.
 
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