I live near Pittsburgh and my family decided to spend a few days near Hershey with some friends. We had been there once before in the eight years we have lived in Pennsylvania. But the last time we went we only hung out at HersheyWorld, took the trolley through town and took a look at the wonderful Hershey Lodge. We did not to into the park. But this time we did.
We met some friends who had been there a number of times. We relied on them to show us around. (Tip: Never rely on others to show you around. Do your research. Study the maps online and decide where you want to go and to get a layout of the land.) Before I go any farther, I do want to say that I realize Milton Hershey did not set out to make Disneyland. Heck, Disney himself was still drawing cartoons when Hershey made it big. He just wanted to create a nice park for his employees to enjoy. Little by little, rides were introduced and an amusement park developed. That is what I have to call it, an amusement park. By no means is this a theme park like Disneyland. It really is like a Six Flags, only with bigger trees. Now don't get me wrong, it is a lovely park, but not up to Disney standards.
Throughout the day, my husband and I could not stop comparing Hershey to DL. I won't get into all the comparisons here, but above all, Disney just does it better. They are Zeus while the others are just minor players. It really made us appreciate how wonderful and magical DL and WDW are.
I don't know if we will be back to Hershey Park any time soon. Although, Hershey World was great. A huge building devoted to the selling of chocolate? Such a dream come true! But when you have sampled the best that the theme park industry has to offer, why settle for anything less?