Off-Season
No lines galore on some weekdays
Best time to go
April
October
September
Shoulder Season
Go early in the summer season
Okay time to go
May
Early June
December
Peak Season
Fast Track Pass will save your life
Worst time to go
Late June
July
Early August

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  1. 3.0
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    As a former employee – and season pass holder for over 10 years – I can tell you that the best times to go are during weekdays. As soon as July 4th rolls around it’s almost always full. Weekdays are usually good in July and August, but it gets busy beyond belief toward the later part of the week. A typical Saturday in July and August can attract upwards of 30,000 people so just don’t bother then. Sunday’s in June are usually pretty decent if you cannot make it in during the week.

    When looking for rides, most people stop immediately at the front of the park. Candymonium, Comet, Great Bear are usually super busy to start. Farenheit, which is smack in the middle, is ALWAYS busy. The back of the park that houses the Wild Cat, Wild Mouse, Lightning Racer is usually always dead. The busiest rides for some odd reason are the Reese’s Cup Challenge and Laugh House. Laugh House is fun, but not sure if it’s worth a near two hour wait.

    The biggest issue the park has now is that they will not reopen to normal hours from 2019. Normal hours were from 10am to 10pm, and you could get a good amount of rides done without worrying about lines. Even with passes, it feels like my wife and I have to make determined efforts on what we want to ride and focus on those. Anything beyond that is a bonus.

    The “water park” is not worth it at all. It’s a small, jumbled mess that’s hard to navigate. And, again, with the condensed operating times, it’s almost not worth it to try to do the water park and the rest of the park in one day. Pick your battles. Dorney Park is not too much further away and has much better water attractions in my opinion.

    Food service can be confusing as well, but that’s because there is literally no line control for anything. Food itself is what it is, and the pricing you’re paying isn’t great. But, there are a decent amount of options all around.

    Hopefully someone finds this information useful and you can plan accordingly. These tips have helped me keep my sanity for the 20 years I’ve been associated with the Park in some form or fashion, so I hope they can be helpful to you.

  2. 2.0
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    5/31/2022 Ghost town rating for Hershey Park is not accurate and should be changed to “Yup it’s packed”. From 11am to 4pm there were lots of school field trips that were driving wait times to 45 minutes + on popular rides. Candymonium was over 135 min wait at one point. These groups are easily identifiable by their matching shirts signifying what school they are from.

  3. 2.5
    Light Crowds?

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    Thursday, end of May. Overcast day. Mid-60s. Lines are awful.

  4. 1.0
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    The park is always overcrowded, there are lots of rides normally closed, the food is terrible, and everything is extremely overpriced. Go to Knoebels instead.

  5. 1.0
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    I bought a Season Pass, but definitely am regretting it so far… I go to a lot of amusement parks and have had season passes to several other theme parks including Six Flags, Disney, Universal, etc. Between the app telling me that the wait times are 5 minutes when the line took 45 minutes (this happened repeatedly), to the fact that the crowd levels were crazy for early May (larger crowds than I sometimes see at Disney in June) which is compounded by not many rides and places to eat being open (there were literally no places to eat with a line less than 45 minutes long), this park was poorly run. In addition, many times I witnessed children (not accompanied by adults) cutting in line with no consequences.

  6. 1.0
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    Way too crowded today. Every school in area must have field trips. Food lines are easily 45 minutes. App wait times are not even close to accurate. Candymonium is over 70 minutes, Comet is 60, Great Bear is 90.

  7. 1.0
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    Extremely Crowded

  8. 1.0
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    Packed on labor day. 2 hr wait on coasters

  9. 3.0
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    It was far from a ghost town today. Not packed, but a steady crowd.

    The biggest annoyance was that it seemed like 20-25% of the rides weren’t open all day long.

    The kids were disappointed multiple times when going to find a ride they remembered from last time only to find it shut down.

    It was hot today so the water area was busy 20-25 minutes for the tube slides.

    The lodge is also quite busy, the parking lots are full.

  10. 5.0
    Light Crowds?

    Short Lines?

    Go in late August. The last week is the best. My son and I go every year at this time. Longest wait time, 10 minutes. A little longer for Candyminimum. Take advantage of the preview day.

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