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    Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

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    Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  HPCrazy on Tue May 31, 2011 11:35 pm

    Just did some googling and came across the following link that shows small video clips around Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World during the off-season of 1981:

    http://www.efootage.com/clip_list.php

    Some things I've noticed:

    -Hersheypark Place was named "Tudor House"
    -Hersheypark Chocolate House has its old paint scheme.
    -Hershey Museum's exterior has a different paint scheme.
    -There is a different welcome sign by the tram circle.
    -Giant Wheel and Sky Ride are present in a few clips.
    -Ride's Office building and small rink are present from monorail ramp.
    -Monorail ramp doesn't feature the light blue color scheme of today.
    -Take notice besides no Storm Runner that there is also no Trailblazer Catering. The area was still Kid Stuff/Kaptain Kid's Cove.
    -The Chocolate World's tour ride is mainly the original 1973 version with some minor changes and pluses.
    -Chocolate World's shopping area is mainly huts with straw roofs.
    -Take notice of Chocolate World's different building exterior. There is no enlarged lobby or 3-D show.

    If you click through the clips, some of the Chocolate World ride clips have sound to them so you can get a better feel of the ride's narration from the original version. Thought this was all interesting to take a trip back in time and compare the same areas from then to today. Let me know what you think.

    Here are some of the clips that I found interesting. You have to type "Hershey Park" in the search bar and all the different clips will show up.

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64967/Entrance_To_Hershey_Museum_Of_American_Life/
    Hershey Museum

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64964/Tudor_House_-_Hershey_Park/
    Tudor House

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64963/Tudor_Square_And_Chocolate_House_-_Hershey_Park/
    Tudor Square

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64962/Hershey_Park_Entrance_-_Chocolate_Town/
    Tram Circle with different sign

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64970/Roller_Coaster_At_Hershey_Park/
    Comet

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64971/Roller_Coaster_At_Hershey_Park_-_2/
    Trailblazer area

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64969/Amusement_Park_At_Hershey_Park/
    Monorail ramp looking towards Comet Hollow

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64949/Chocolate_Processing_Plant_Replica/
    Chocolate World Tour Ride /w/ sound

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64950/Replica_Of_Chocolate_Processing_Plant/
    Chocolate World Tour Ride /w/ sound

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64951/Replica_Of_Chocolate_Processing_Plant_-_2/
    Chocolate World Tour Ride /w/ sound

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64956/Chocolate_World_Visitors_Center/
    Chocolate World original exterior

    http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/64960/Chocolate_Shop_At_Hershey_Park/
    Chocolate World original shopping area with huts.
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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  Fanatic on Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:21 pm

    Very nice find! Definitely a little trip back in time. Not everyone gets to see the place like this, so it's great someone kept the memories alive! Wink
    I really enjoyed the Tour clips, and seeing the exterior shots as well.

    Once again, great find. The videos took me back a bit. Wink
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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  technocolor on Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:15 pm

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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  CoasterBGW on Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:57 am

    I love the prices page:

    Regular Admission
    Regular (ages 9-54)........................$29.95
    Junior (ages 3-Cool........................$26.95
    Senior (ages 55+).......................$26.95
    Children (ages 2 and under).....FREE



    I could buy a 3-day flex ticket for the price of a single day admission now:
    Three Day Flex Ticket
    Visit HERSHEYPARK for ANY 3 days this season:
    Regular (ages 9-54)........................$55.95
    Junior (ages 3-Cool........................$41.95
    Senior (ages 55+).......................$41.95
    Children (ages 2 and under).....FREE



    To be fair, let's raise the 1998 price by inflation:
    $29.95 becomes $39.86, that means that the the rides added from 1999-2011 added $14 to the ticket price.

    $14 a day for:
    Fahrenheit
    Lightning Racer
    Roller Soaker
    Storm Runner
    Wild Mouse
    Waterpark

    Not a bad deal if you ask me!


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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  HPCrazy on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:09 pm

    I second that! What was parking back then...like $3.00?
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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  Jeter1186 on Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:22 pm

    Those prices sure would be nice right now! At least with a season pass the parking is free.
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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  Fanatic on Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:05 pm

    technocolor wrote:what herhseypark.com use to be: http://web.archive.org/web/19980702081837/http://www.hersheypark.com/
    Very interesting! I don't remember it too well back in '98, but I sure like the Great Bear image on the left. Wink
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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  vw87tech on Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:08 pm

    i am sure many of you have watched this video from '76. But this is one of my favorite youtube videos.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgDUbWJI2Bo
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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  HPCrazy on Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:10 am

    Here are some vintage Hersheypark photos from 1974:

    http://vintagevacationphotos.com/vacation.cfm?vacationid=60&startphoto=1

    From what I've noticed:

    -Giant Wheel is present and with multi-colored cabins.
    -Skyview's gondola's are multi-colored.
    -Carrousel Circle appears so open.
    -Note the Blacksmith in front of the Craftbarn
    -There is no Hospitality Services building in Rhineland. The photo of the current Hershey Sports store building in Rhineland appears to have shown a space where the future Hospitality Services building would be built.
    -The dancing water fountain show is present alongside the creek where Great Bear's Immelmann is located today.
    -The Bug is present where the Wave Swinger is today.
    -The Animal Garden is open
    -The Dry Gulch Railroad's station is located on what is now the midway leading towards the current train station, Pirate and the Claw.

    I just love looking at photos of vintage Hersheypark. I wish there would be more photos of the park in the first few years as it was a theme park.
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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  vw87tech on Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:09 pm

    thing i notice the most is the arenas roof is in really bad shape
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    Re: Vintage Hersheypark in 1981

    Post  eddie200330 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:52 pm

    vw87tech wrote:i am sure many of you have watched this video from '76. But this is one of my favorite youtube videos.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgDUbWJI2Bo

    I like the Comet's natural color and 2 tone trains!!! Also, that train cutout from the entrance is still in the maint. shop and getting refurbed for deployment back outside once again! (10 seconds into the video)

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