2000-2009 proved to be Hersheypark's most successful decade in the park's 100+ year history.
2000- Lightning Racer which today is still the world's only racing, dueling coaster, but that will change in 2010. A park in Europe is getting something similar.
2002- Roller Soaker opens
2003- Pioneer Frontier gets renovated a little with the addition of Frontier Flyers and The Claw. Unfortunately Cyclops and Conestoga had to be removed. Both have found new homes.
2004- The Balloon Flite and Starship America have been put in storage and Storm Runner, the world's first hydrollically launched coaster with inversions, opens. The ride changed the face of Pioneer Frontier.
2005- Terbulance was proposed to be opened with the renovation of Carrousel Circle, but after the company raised the ride's price, Starship America and Balloon Flite made their return. The Giant Wheel was removed as well. Chaos is removed as well and it's location is unknown today.
2006- Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge opens as the park's first dark ride since Golden Nugget and is a big hit with the families. Meanwhile, work starts on the park's big addition in history for their 100th season.
2007- 100 Years of Happy is the slogan of the year when the park opens The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. The area features 5 new attractions including the world's largest play structure, mini wave pool, sandcastle play area, slide complex, and a new midway. Banners are placed around the park, new shows are added and fireworks on every Saturday. Towards the end of the season, the park releases their Nantimi virtual game to secretly announce their 11th coaster, Fahrenheit. It is proved to be very successful.
2008- Western Chute Out is removed to make way for Fahrenheit, a 121ft tall coaster with 6 inversions and a 97 degree drop. Howler opens on the site of Conestoge and the Virtual 3D ride. Canyon River Rapids and Rodeo close at the end of the season to start work on the Boardwalk Seaquel.
2009- Hersheypark rounds out it's 3-year building spree with a new wave pool and lazy river called The Shore and Intercoastal Waterway.
Let's look ahead to what to expect for 2010:
2010- It is understandable to take a break after building 3 major attractions and for this year it seems like minor improvements will be made around the park and possibly a new show venue.
In Review it seems like this decade proved to be Hersheypark's most successful decade to date. Several major additions have been made and even though one or two famous rides were removed, the park smartly placed attractions to make up for them. The next decade might prove to be just as successful with the rumor of expanding into the nearby golf course. Will it happen? We'll see...