Hersheypark unwraps plans for 15th coaster: Candymonium

Candy-themed trains will reach speed of 76 mph

DERRY TWP., Pa. - Hersheypark is preparing to give roller coaster enthusiasts their sweetest thrill yet.

The amusement park on Wednesday unwrapped the details of its 15th coaster, called Candymonium, which is set to open next summer as part of the park's all-new, $150-million Choclatetown region.

The 4,636-foot-long hypercoaster will span seven acres of the park, taking riders 210 feet in the air at the start of a 2-minute, 26-second trip along a milk chocolate-colored track, reaching speeds of up to 76 mph. The three candy-themed trains will represent Hershey's Kisses, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Twizzlers.

"As The World's Sweetest Coaster, Candymonium will truly merge fun and iconic Hershey brands to provide a thrilling experience our guests can only get in Hershey," said John Lawn, president and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company. "We worked with leading industry manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard to assemble a one-of-a-kind hypercoaster with the most airtime of any coaster in Hersheypark."

In addition to its unparalleled height and speed, Hersheypark's new coaster will feature seven camelback hills, a 123-degree hammerhead curve, and a panoramic banked curve that wraps around the new Kisses Fountain at the park's entrance.

The experience, however, will begin before riders board the train, with the park promising to offer its most immersive coaster station yet.

Other parts of the new Chocolatetown will include a restaurant, bar and patio; an ice cream parlor and confectionary kitchen; a Starbucks store; and a flagship retail store featuring the largest collection of Hersheypark merchandise.

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