I was going to title this post ‘My Hersheypark Season Pass is Better Than Your Pool Membership‘, but I thought that might be a bit dramatic.
But it true!
When I looked at what we paid for a family pool membership versus what we get with our season passes to Hersheypark, there was no comparison. Let’s just say that we paid the same for a 3 month pool membership as we did for a YEAR LONG pass to Hersheypark and all the sweetness that it gets us.
Plus the pool we were looking at did not have ANY rollercoasters, live entertainment or character encounters.
You only need to use your Hersheypark Season Pass THREE TIMES and it has paid for itself!
Let me explain:
Your season pass starts January 1.
But Sarah, Hersheypark isn’t open in January!
I know! But ZooAmerica IS open year round and it is INCLUDED with your Season Park pass. Many exhibits are located indoors and in the winter months there are less crowds so you are able to take your time, enjoy the animals and have animal encounters like no other! But don’t forget to put on a coat and scarf and explore the outside exhibits. These North American native animals are comfortable in the cold Pennsylvania climate. Take a walk and explore them in their outdoor habitats during winter.
While you are at ZooAmerica be sure to take a guided tour. They are different tours for different interest and they are all fascinating! You might want to take an after hours tour as well (additional fee). I did the After-Hours tour and I can not recommend it enough! Seeing and learning about these animals in the dark was FASCINATING! The staff is beyond knowledgeable and loves and cares for these animals. The Zoo was started with the private collection of Milton S. Hershey more than 100 years ago.
Springtime in The Park
On select weekends in April you can enjoy Hersheypark riding dozens of rides and coasters, have character encounters with your favorite Hersheypark friends and enjoy the live entertainment. Nothing say Bye Bye winter than a ride down a coaster at Hersheypark!
Free Parking (save $15 per vehicle/ $25 per camper)
Not only is parking included with your season pass but season pass holders have their own section in parking that is closer to the entrance. Anyone want to race me to be first in line for Lafftrak?!
Season pass holders get early admission at 9 am, before the park opens! Be first in line and ride your favorite rides before the park is open to the general public! I love special treatment!
The Boardwalk is included!
The Boardwalk at Hersheypark is included with every Hersheypark admission. How awesome is it know that because you are a season pass holder you don’t have to decide how to split your time in the park!? Spend one day riding all the coasters, another catching all the shows and entertainment and another splashing in all the water attractions of The Boardwalk. And then repeat! Or mix it up… how ever you want because you don’t have to decide! You are a season pass holder!
Season Pass Value Book
Each season pass holder receives a book FULL of discounts and free items. But not just for the park! There are vouchers in there for discounts at The Hershey Story, The Spa at The Hotel Hershey, Free coffee at the Cocoa Beanery (YES!), purchases at the Hershey Gardens gift shop and food in Hersheypark. But this book is not one per family. OH NO! It is one per pass holder! So You KNOW I will be enjoying coffee at The Cocoa Beanery 5 times because there are 5 people in my family and I am the only one who will drink coffee! WOOT!
Bonus Tip: Stop by any Guest Services location within Hersheypark to purchase a $2 game voucher and receive another one for FREE when you show your valid 2016 Season Pass!
The seasoned Hersheypark pros know that purchasing a souvenir cup at the beginning of the season is the best value when it comes to drinking soda and carbonated beverages in the park.
I love mine so much I made a video about it:
My Bonus Tip: Load a Hersheypark gift card to be used specially to refilling the cups. This way you can send your kids to get them refilled with out turning over your credit card to them! Parental discretion is always advised.
Hersheypark In The Dark and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane
As a season pass holder you know that just because fall and winter is here the sweet fun of Hersheypark does not stop! Included in your season pass is admission to Hersheypark In The Dark and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane.
One select date from October to December you can ride dozens of rides at the park and enjoy the seasonal treats that come with the fall and winter holidays. There is normally an additional admission for these days but because you are a season pass holder you just flash your pass and your admission is included!
Who will I see around Hersheypark?