Hersheypark Guide for 2023


Whether you’re visiting Hersheypark for the first time, or you renew your Season Pass each year, here are some tips, tricks, and Hersheypark hacks to maximize your visit.

Season Pass Members

Here are some links to resources for Hersheypark season pass holders.

  • 🕚 Hours of Operation
    • Remember that Sweet Start is only valid May 25 through September 10, 2023
  • 🍕 Dining Plan Locations
    • 2 meals per day, with 90 minutes between meals
    • Summer dining plans start April 1 and end September 10, 2023 (therefore, the dining plan does not include Halloween or Christmas)
  • 🍪 Monthly Rewards
    • Click the link and scroll down the page to see the reward items
  • 🎟️ New for 2023: Loyalty Challenge
    • May 25 - June 25, all Season Pass Holders can earn points when they visit!
    • Aug 10 - Sept 10, you can earn points for Hersheypark Halloween!

More tips for Season Pass holders

  • 📲 Add your Season Pass to Apple Wallet or Google Wallet
    • Download the Hersheypark App (if you already have it, make sure you’re on the latest version)
    • Tap “HPGO” at the bottom
    • Create/login to a HPGO account (which is a separate login from your Season Pass account 🤦‍♂️)
    • Once logged into HPGO, tap HPGO at the bottom of the app again and select “Digital Season Pass”
    • Link your Season Pass if needed by using your Season Pass’ login (not your HPGO login)
    • Once your Season Pass is visible in the app, you should see a button (under the barcode) to add it to your phone’s wallet
  • 🏀 Gaming Card 15% discount
    • Season Pass Holders will need to speak with a team member at select games locations or visit Guest Services to complete a one-time activation on their game card to receive the 15% discount across all games.
    • Past Season Pass Holders need to reactivate their 15% discount at Guest Services, even if they activated the discount last year.
  • 💳 Need to pick up your Season Pass (or goodie bag) and the ticketing line is too long?
    • Head straight to the gate for entry.
    • Show your confirmation email PDF with the QR code at the main gate for admittance
    • Once inside Hersheypark, visit an in-park Guest Services location to take a picture and receive your physical Season Pass. This can only be done one time in April or May, so make sure to process your pass inside the park at a Guest Services location or on your way out!

HersheyPark view from a rollercoaster

Tips for all Hersheypark Visitors

  • Wildcat’s Revenge opened June 2, 2023!
  • Download the Hersheypark app to view ride wait times. Candymodium usually fills up fast once the park opens, so you might want to start with it if you arrive early.
  • Hersheypark is cashless and only accepts credit/debit cards, as well as Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung Pay. If you’re sending a teen into the park with some friends, or simply want other options, here are some alternatives:
    • Purchase an e-Gift Card in advance
    • There are Cash-to-Card kiosks located throughout the park. These are Visa prepaid cards that can be used anywhere Visa is accepted if you don’t use them completely before leaving the park.
    • If you or your teen uses Venmo or the Square Cash App, you might be able to add the virtual debit card to your phone’s wallet.
  • ZooAmerica is included with your admission, and is a nice break from the park if it gets too busy.
  • Get free water: Walk up to any concession stand serving fountain drinks and ask for a cup of water. You’re also allowed to bring one unopened bottle of water into the park.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Hersheypark offers free Wi-Fi throughout the park, which is useful if your teen doesn’t yet have a phone of their own, and you’re giving them an old phone (without service) for the day.