The Ultimate Hersheypark Glossary

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Created in 1907 by Milton Hershey as a recreational park for his chocolate factory workers, Hersheypark has a rich history, an enormous fan base, and an impressive array of awesome roller coasters that make it one of the best theme parks on the East Coast.

But that's not all that's sweet. The park is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a town where lampposts are shaped like Hershey's Kisses and the pervasive candy theme is, well, just chocolate icing on the cake. (See maps of Hershey.)

Here's an A-to-Z guide to Hersheypark:

Boardwalk - Open since 2007, Hersheypark's seaside-themed waterpark is included in the admission price. Along with numerous water slides, body slides, raft rides and a flume ride, there's also a lazy river, wave pool, and an interactive splashpad area. 

Cocoa Cruiser - This steel family roller coaster lets little kids experience their very first coaster ride, complete with just enough dips, curves and twists. 

Comet - This classic wooden coaster is a huge fan favorite. Arthur Levine,'s theme park expert, includes it on his list of Top 10 Most Underrated Roller Coasters in North America.

Fahrenheit - Coasters don't get hotter than this "vertical lift inverted loop coaster," which begins by climbing 121 feet and then plummeting in what's essentially a free fall down a 97-degree drop, the second steepest in the United States.

Great Bear - On this inverted steel coaster, you ride below the track, not above it. The Great Bear twists and loops, reaching speeds of up to 61 miles per hour.

Hershey's - As in the classic milk chocolate bar. This height category is for kids between 48 and 54 inches tall. When kids reach four feet tall, they can ride more than 60 rides including seven roller coasters.

Hersheypark in the Dark - The Halloween season at Hersheypark is a time for "roller ghosters" and plenty of fun decorations. Kids age 12 and under can go trick or treating at stations located all over the park.

Jolly Ranchers - The tallest height category at Hersheypark, Jolly Ranchers at least 60 inches tall. When kids hit five feet tall, they can go on every ride in the park.

Kiddie Rides - With over 20 rides for little kids, Hersheypark keeps families with young children happy.

Kisses - This height category is for kids between 36 and 42 inches tall. When kids hit three feet tall, they can go on more than 40 rides including their first roller coaster, Cocoa Cruiser.

Laff TrakkRecalling the past funhouses that were in Hersheypark from 1930 to the early 1970s, this funhouse-themed indoor ride opened in May 2015 as the first spinning, steel glow-coaster in the United States. 

Lightning Racer - The first wooden duble-track dueling coaster in the United States, Lightning Racer makes Arthur Levine's list of Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters in North America.

Miniatures - As in Hershey's Miniatures. This smallest height category is for kids under 36 inches tall, who can enjoy more than 30 rides and attractions.

Reese's - This height category is for kids between 42 and 48 inches tall. When kids reach three-feet-six-inches tall, they become Reese's and can go on more than 50 rides plus more than 12 water rides.

Roller Coasters - Hersheypark's 13 roller coasters make it a Mecca for coaster lovers. There are adrenaline-pumping thrill rides (Fahrenheit, Skyrush, Storm Runner), awesome wooden coasters (Comet, Lightning Racer), family coasters (Cocoa Cruiser, Trailblazer) a new indoor glow-coaster (Laff Trakk), and everything in between. 

Sidewinder - This boomerang-style steel coaster operates both forwards and backwards through three loops, so it takes you upside down six times before returning to its starting point.

Skyrush - The tallest and fastest coaster at Hersheypark qualifies as a hypercoaster, delivering an 85-degree drop and plenty of airtime. In a word, it's intense.

SooperDooperLooper - This was the first looping roller coaster on the East Coast when it opened in 1977, this ride delights coaster enthusiasts with its inversions and helixes but is tame enough for most grade school kids.

Storm Runner - A fan favorite since its debut in 2004, this steel coaster catapults riders from 0 to 72 mph in two seconds flat and then climbs 18 stories high before executing a 135 foot cobra loop, barrel rolls, and flying snake dive. 

Sunset Admission - Save more than 50 percent on admission when you arrive in the afternoon. Come after 4pm when the park closes at 8pm or arrive after 5pm when the park closes at 10pm or 11pm.

Trailblazer - A fun family coaster that kids can ride when they reach the Kisses height requirement, 

Twizzlers - The second-tallest height category at Hersheypark, Twizzlers are kids between 54 and 60 inches tall. When kids reach four-feet-six-inches tall, they can ride all 13 coasters at Hersheypark.

Wild Mouse - A thin-track coaster where small cars make sharp turns, giving you the feeling that your car is about to fall off the track.

Wildcat - Launched in 1996, this classic wooden coaster reaches speeds of up to 45 mph and is a family favorite. The ride was named after Wild Cat, Hersheypark's very first roller coaster, which operated from 1923 to 1945.

ZooAmerica - This 11-acre, walk-through zoo is included in the admission price for Hersheypark. It's home to more than 200 animals from five regions of North America.

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