I was really late getting my season pass to Hersheypark this year – like I waited until 2011. Generally I take advantage of the fall discounts to get my pass but some things prevented that from happening so I went in February. As you can see from the photo I had the place all to myself.
If you are considering a Season Pass to Hersheypark but aren’t sure if it would save you money, generally the pass pays for itself in 2 regular season trips or one regular season plus two off-season trips. It’s a matter of doing the math with when you will visit. Don’t forget that parking is $12 in 2014 and add that into your figuring.
If you decide you want a Season Pass you will at some point need to visit the Season Pass office (unless you had a pass from last year and are using the same photo and then they can mail it to you for a surcharge.) When the park is not open you park (for free) in the Chocolate World Parking lot. The Season Pass office is where the old Museum used to be. As you approach the park entrance from Chocolate World the Season Pass Office is to your left on the other side of tram circle behind the guest services building. There are signs.
Here are some things you need to know about the Season Pass Office:
- Until April 4th they close at 1 on Saturdays and are not open on Sundays.
- The pass office closes at varying times depending on the day of the week and the date. Check the park website for exact dates/hours here.
- They are incredibly busy (like line out the door) during Springtime in the Park and for the first several weeks of the regular season – especially on weekends.
- They have only two service windows (with a third I have seen open only on very busy days.)
- There are no bathrooms in the Season Pass Office.
- You will have to fill out information cards for EVERY pass. (The person processing your pass will also need to key in that info for EVERY pass.)
- You can order season passes online with a surcharge but you will still need to wait in line to have your picture taken and your card issued. You can’t take your voucher to the gate for admission.
- It takes about 10 minutes to process each pass/group of passes up to about 4. On heavy days they sometimes will hand out the forms to fill out while you wait – bring a pen, they won’t have them.
- You will have your photo taken and it will be awful. Be prepared. (Or better yet, get your pass during Hersheypark in the Dark while you are wearing your costume – we really like to do that.)
- Every person who gets a pass will get a value booklet for Hersheypark. (If you get the combo pass with Dutch Wonderland you will get some sort of discount for them – not yet determined for 2014.)
- The people who work in the Season Pass Office have always been very nice – but the process can take awhile so the people waiting in line often are not very nice.
My suggestion to you is that if you can possibly manage it, get your passes BEFORE Springtime in the Park or after Springtime in the Park ends and before the Regular Season begins (May 6th.) Weekdays are best since most people have to bring children and kids are only out of school on Saturdays and Sundays.