HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) — When it comes to any theme park, safety is the number one priority. With safety comes some requirements that guests need to follow to make sure they have a fun time and stay out of harm’s way at the parks.
Hersheypark is no exception. Every attraction at the park has a certain set of rules that need to be followed. One of those rules is height requirements.
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Hersheypark has a unique way of showing guests just how tall they have to be to ride certain attractions. They use park-goers favorite Hershey candy products to show just how tall one needs to be to ride certain rides.
While there are no restrictions based on age, rides also have certain restrictions and rules based on the experience of the ride, as well as a guest’s personal limitations such as being in a wheelchair or wearing a cast.
abc27 has put compiled a list of height categories and other ride restrictions guests may face when visiting the theme park.
Information on Hershey Height Categories
Below are the following height categories, listed from shortest to tallest.
- Miniatures: Under 36 inches
- Kisses: 36-42 inches
- Reese’s: 42-48 inches
- Hershey’s: 48- 54 inches
- Twizzlers: 54-60 inches
- Jolly Ranchers: 60 inches and taller
When you first enter the park, you can get your height checked at an official height station at any guest services location.
Some attractions that guests in the Miniatures and Kisses height categories can ride include:
- Ferris Wheel
- Twin Turnpike
- Starship America
In total there are 28 rides guests with Miniatures height requirement can ride and 42 rides guests with Kisses height requirement can ride.
Some attractions that guests in the Reese’s and Hershey’s height categories can ride include:
- Laff Trakk
- Coal Cracker
- Lightning Racer
- Wildcat’s Revenge
In total, there are 58 rides guests with Reese’s height requirement can ride, and 66 rides guests with Hershey’s height requirement can ride.
Some attractions that guests in the Twizzlers and Jolly Rancher height categories can ride include:
- Storm Runner
- Great Bear
For Guests of Twizzlers and Jolly Rancher’s height categories, There are 52-58 rides they can experience.
Hersheypark Attraction Ratings
Hersheypark also has a system in place to describe how mild or wild a ride is. done on the following scale:
- This is a low-speed, gentle ride intended for young children
- Mild Thrill
- This is a low to medium-speed attraction with expected changes in speed and direction
- Moderate Thrill
- This is a medium-speed attraction where riders may experience unexpected changes in speed and direction
- High Thrill
- This is a fast-paced attraction with unexpected changes in speed, direction, and height.
- Aggressive Thrill
- This is a high-speed attraction with changes in unexpected, rapid changes in speed, direction, and height. These attractions require full body control.
These ratings are listed at the front entrance of each attraction.
Information on attraction accessibility
Due to the nature of the ride, as well as the restraint system that is in place at these attractions, guests with casts are not permitted on the following attractions:
- Hershey Triple Tower
Service animals, according to Hersheypark, are defined as dogs and miniature horses that have been trained to do work and perform tasks for a benefit of the guest with a disability
These animals are allowed at the following attractions:
- Kissing Tower
- Carrousel (Chariots only)
- Kissing Tower
- Dry Gultch railroad
- Ferris Wheel
- Sunoco Classic cars
Service animals are allowed on the Boardwalk, but up to the water’s edge on the attractions.
Guests with Hand-held Infants
Guests to the park are asked to see the additional restrictions and accessibility section under each ride listed on the Hersheypark website. Each ride will list if hand-held infants are not allowed.
Select rides include:
- Carrousel (chariots only)
- Dry Gultch Railroad
- Ferris Wheel
- Shoreline Sprayground.
Hersheypark defines a hand-held infant as a child who is unable to walk to the attraction independently or maintain independent seated postural control.
Guests with Medical Conditions of Expectant mothers
Hersheypark states that signage will be posted at each ride to show the ride’s health recommendations. The park recommends guests consult with their own doctor prior to riding.
Should I ride?
According to the Hershey, Pa. website, it is advised to use personal discretion for whether or not you wish to experience a certain ride.
Each ride has a list of information about whether or not guests should ride, as well as a height stick for guests to measure themselves, at the entrance of every attraction.
For more information about ride accessibility, height requirements, wheelchair requirements, and a full list of attractions with their own individual restrictions, click here. For info about all attractions, click here.