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MKCP5
04-12-2010, 05:25 PM
Just back from a trip to Hershey Park. Since that topic comes up so often here feel free to PM me for specific questions related to budget. I am glad to help. The first thing I can tell you is that the lunch ticket deal is NOT a bargain. I got 4 thinking it would save us $$ but it was a break even proposition at best. If we went again then I would buy 1 or 2 of thise to get the deal with the refillable cup, but buy the rest of meals a la carte!

java
04-12-2010, 07:19 PM
Hey we were there this weekend too! We spent $70 on lunch!:scared1: There are 6 of us and we actually shared and only got 5 meals and yet still $70. Made Disney seem cheap.
But we did have a great time. And the weather was perfect for us. Not too hot, not too cold.

SunnyP4Disney
04-12-2010, 07:27 PM
We went last weekend on the first day they opened. We spent 48 dollars on lunch for 3 people, and only one of us got a soda! But the cheap ticket price and beautiful weather made up for the expensive lunch.

antsss
04-12-2010, 07:39 PM
We were there as well! We're a family of 5 (me, DH, DS10, DS8, DD6). We have a refill cup and share beverages. We usually purchase one meal in Hershey and then have second meal (brought in to Chocolate World from the cooler we keep in the car) followed by the outrageous Hershey's milk shakes. We have season passes and do day trips to Hershey all through the summer rather than a big family vacation. In past years I was allowed to bring a cooler jug filled with ice water into the park. This time they made me empty it before entering. Not really a problem since you can get cups of ice water at any of the food counters. The sweet security officer at the gate suggested I bring the cooler in empty and fill with cups of ice water which I think is a good idea, esp since the food lines in the boardwalk area in the heat of the day are a mile long.

I know it's not Disney, but it's close and it's clean and we really enjoy it!

antsss
04-12-2010, 07:44 PM
Forgot to mention...with the season passes we get a 15% discount on food, the refill cup, refills and we get free parking!

tlh0726
04-12-2010, 09:35 PM
Season passholder too!

If you purchase the season pass by the end of September for the following year you can get a discount. "Santa" paid $120.00 each for both adult and child.

PaulaSue
04-13-2010, 07:42 AM
Ditto on the Season Passes. So worth it if you live close, just buy them early the year before for the best rates.

rbork
04-13-2010, 10:38 AM
Season pass holders here too. Pays for itself on our 3rd day. Free parking, admission, 20% off camp fees, 15% off food. We rarely eat INSIDE the park but did so this past weekend because we were with other friends. 30$ for 3 at Subway. Usually pack 1 bottle of water, package of crackers and big bag of Hershey twizzlers in our backpack for munching. Of course we hit chocolate world both on the way IN and on the way OUT. In the summer I splurge for milk and cookies at night before we leave. Kid's are older now and still love milk and cookies:)

npmommie
04-13-2010, 10:52 AM
We went to hershepark last summer, and it made Disney food look cheap :scared1:
It was insane how expensive the food was.
I was in shock most of the day after we ate.........LOL:rotfl:

momsavealot
04-13-2010, 11:14 AM
We went on Good Friday with the beautiful weather. I have to disagree a little. While I thought it was very clean and the staff very nice, the lines were way too long and the food was insanely expensive. I almost felt like they had let too many people into the park. I guess I'm used to Disney Fastpass and not waiting on lines, but I was fed up by about 3pm. We're in PA and we love Dorney Park! I guess my expectations were really high but after paying $17 for 3 pretzels and 2 waters and riding only about 3 rides in about 90minutes, I was not feeling the love. And don't get me wrong, I love me some Hershey but afterall, rides are rides. After getting off the Reese's Extreme Challenge Ride, my kids turned to me and said "mom, it's not as good as the Buzz Lightyear ride." LOL

andrews_dad
04-13-2010, 11:46 AM
The park was dead Sunday after 4 PM. We hit tons of rides. I walked onto the Great Bear and was one of about 10 folks on the whole ride! The only complaint was rather than send it empty they waited a couple of minutes to see if anyone got in line! Soooo dead. Walked right onto the Sports cars and Turnpike Old Time cars with the 2 year old (often long line for these as it is a slow loader). Just like Diz, you have to be there early, be there late .... go against the crowd flow. Hit Choc World on way out to get a dozen cookies for the road. Yummy!

java
04-13-2010, 11:50 AM
The park was dead Sunday after 4 PM. We hit tons of rides. I walked onto the Great Bear and was one of about 10 folks on the whole ride! The only complaint was rather than send it empty they waited a couple of minutes to see if anyone got in line! Soooo dead. Walked right onto the Sports cars and Turnpike Old Time cars with the 2 year old (often long line for these as it is a slow loader). Just like Diz, you have to be there early, be there late .... go against the crowd flow. Hit Choc World on way out to get a dozen cookies for the road. Yummy!

How could I forget the cookies!? I got 6 for the deal price- and it was actually not crazy expensive(the $2 milk was) But that chocolate cookie with peanut butter chips was so stinking delicious! I want to drive back out there to get another!

andrews_dad
04-13-2010, 01:38 PM
Yeah, I think it is about $10 for a dozen. That isn't too bad considering this are not any run-of-the-mill cookies. That are big and GOOD. I mean GOOD. We often drive up just to buy them, ride the singing cow ride (didn't used to have the cows), and buy a few other "new release" candies to try.

wscottsawka
04-13-2010, 01:55 PM
This thread hits home as we were in Washington DC, this weekend at my brothers house. Sure the museams are free, except it cost $85 for lunch for my family of 5. WOW!!! stopped at Hershey on the way home just to do Chocolate World, another $80 lunch!!!! This is why you can't take a family anywhere that is reasonable. Let's face it, both lunches I am sure had a cost to the place of $10. Do they really have to gouge everyone?????

Kim&Chris
04-13-2010, 02:06 PM
This thread hits home as we were in Washington DC, this weekend at my brothers house. Sure the museams are free, except it cost $85 for lunch for my family of 5. WOW!!! stopped at Hershey on the way home just to do Chocolate World, another $80 lunch!!!! This is why you can't take a family anywhere that is reasonable. Let's face it, both lunches I am sure had a cost to the place of $10. Do they really have to gouge everyone?????

Agreed. Their prices for food & souveniers make Disney look like Wal-Mart. I guess they figure they have a shorter time period to make a profit, so they hit us as hard as they can.

Claire&TheBoys
04-13-2010, 03:05 PM
Feeling your pain on the prices. We were in Atlanta for the weekend and avoided eating at the aquarium and Fernbank museum, but did eat at the Zoo. 2 kids' meal hotdogs with chips and drinks, 1 order of fries, 1 order of chicken strips, 1 regular Coke, 1 regular lemonade: $28. The 4 of us shared 3 meals. We can get 4 meals at WDW for $30.

Don't even ask about the food at Turner Field. :scared1:

The last time we went to Sea World, I thought their prices were a lot higher than Disney's. It was over $40 for 4 lunches.

mjkacmom
04-13-2010, 05:02 PM
We went on Good Friday with the beautiful weather. I have to disagree a little. While I thought it was very clean and the staff very nice, the lines were way too long and the food was insanely expensive. I almost felt like they had let too many people into the park. I guess I'm used to Disney Fastpass and not waiting on lines, but I was fed up by about 3pm. We're in PA and we love Dorney Park! I guess my expectations were really high but after paying $17 for 3 pretzels and 2 waters and riding only about 3 rides in about 90minutes, I was not feeling the love. And don't get me wrong, I love me some Hershey but afterall, rides are rides. After getting off the Reese's Extreme Challenge Ride, my kids turned to me and said "mom, it's not as good as the Buzz Lightyear ride." LOL

To be fair, that's like saying you went to WDW Easter weekend, and were surprised it was crowded! We've always gone weekdays in June, and it's great! We once went in May on a Thursday, and it was dead.

rbork
04-13-2010, 08:06 PM
To the poster regarding smithsonian lunch prices in comparison. Did that last week too. Lunch for 3 (hotdogs etc) 40$ and Metro cost $37 for 3 for one ride into the city and one ride back out to Rockville:sad2:

MDTerrapin
04-13-2010, 08:13 PM
We live in MD and went to DC Friday. It cost 35.00 for us to ride the metro! I know things cost more now but when I was a kid the Metro was the cheapest and easiest way to go. Next time we might just drive down and pay to park.

Karen

tlh0726
04-13-2010, 09:51 PM
I took 5 kids (one under 5 so no charge) to the National Zoo the monday after Easter. I called DH after getting on the metro to tell him that a day pass is now $8 something. We got there after 930 (cheaper fare) so I paid $12.25 for us to ride in from Shady Grove. I waited to buy the return tickets to see how long the kids would last (got really warm) Glad I did since we were back on the Metro before 3pm (cheaper fare) and paid another $12.25 for the return trip. Then 4.75 for parking. I packed a lunch and drinks. So for 29.25 plus gas (about an hour away) to get to and from the metro station we had a good time. It was the first trip on the metro and the DC zoo for the 3 boys that I took along.

ps. no sooner than I got home, DH called and said that he was bumped and would be flying into Reagan National instead of BWI. 30 mins later had to make a 2 hour car ride to pick him up and a 2 hour car ride home :headache:

MKCP5
04-14-2010, 05:37 PM
We had never been before and we had a great time. The food was expensive, and honestly, I expected that, so that wouldn't bother me so much, but it was n't very good either. THAT was a disappointment. I was surprised at how expensive it was to do any of the attractions inside Chocolate world too. We did the free tour, but that was it. $40. for a 3D movie of dancing Hershey kisses? I don't think so!! In the park though we had no trouble with lines all weekend and rode all the big coasters multiple times. With teens I felt that 2 days was plenty there, especially since the waterpark isn't ready yet for summer, and we had a really good time.

SnowWhite2
04-14-2010, 07:51 PM
We'll be there this weekend and I can't wait. I'll make sure the kids have enough money for lunch since it seems everyone is complaining about the cost. Thanks for the heads up everyone.

tjkatie1014
04-14-2010, 08:21 PM
For the poster who is planning on going this weekend....I am pretty sure the park isn't open again until the begining of May.

We went last weekend for Springtime in the park and had a great time. Packed a lunch from home, but still spent $$$$ on snacks.

SnowWhite2
04-14-2010, 09:43 PM
Private party

antsss
04-15-2010, 07:53 PM
Has anyone ever rented a cabana in the water park area? Can't remember how much they're charging, but I do remember being shocked that it was so expensive. I'm wondering if it's worth the money and how the experience was!

phamy76
04-15-2010, 08:34 PM
I would go to Knoebels instead of Hershey Park in a second.
:surfweb:

momsavealot
04-16-2010, 06:41 AM
We live in MD and went to DC Friday. It cost 35.00 for us to ride the metro! I know things cost more now but when I was a kid the Metro was the cheapest and easiest way to go. Next time we might just drive down and pay to park.

Karen

On a very similar note, I took my dd into NYC for the weekend to see a show, etc. I was shocked at how expensive it was to ride the subway. I thought it would be cheaper than a taxi, but now I don't know. We only went one stop and I know it was over $5 for the two of us. I guess I'm still living in the days when the subway and Metro were like $1.:hippie:

Desnik
04-16-2010, 06:49 AM
We are huge Hershey Park fans and we went the first weekend they opened for Springtime at the Park. We had great weather, and the park was clean and not too crowded. We had a great time as usual. We didn't find the food pricing to be too bad.

We have a fan website that my DH created, it's www.hersheyinfo.com and we have most of the menus from the park posted with pricing and pictures. It could really help others as they plan their Hershey trip. We also have ride photos and general info. Please bare with us as we are currently updating the site with current hours and admission prices and new pictures. Actually the whole site will be revamped!

mrebuck
04-16-2010, 07:37 AM
We went on Good Friday with the beautiful weather. I have to disagree a little. While I thought it was very clean and the staff very nice, the lines were way too long and the food was insanely expensive. I almost felt like they had let too many people into the park. I guess I'm used to Disney Fastpass and not waiting on lines, but I was fed up by about 3pm. We're in PA and we love Dorney Park! I guess my expectations were really high but after paying $17 for 3 pretzels and 2 waters and riding only about 3 rides in about 90minutes, I was not feeling the love. And don't get me wrong, I love me some Hershey but afterall, rides are rides. After getting off the Reese's Extreme Challenge Ride, my kids turned to me and said "mom, it's not as good as the Buzz Lightyear ride." LOL

Don't judge Hersheypark by the lines on Good Friday. We're season pass holders (and have been for many years). We decided to visit the park for a couple hours on Good Friday. I have never, never seen the park as crowded as it was that day. It was more crowded that I've seen it at peak times during the summer. We left the park by noon because the lines were way too long for us. Now the prices of the food - that's another story. I agree the prices are very high.

HLDisney
04-16-2010, 07:46 AM
On a very similar note, I took my dd into NYC for the weekend to see a show, etc. I was shocked at how expensive it was to ride the subway. I thought it would be cheaper than a taxi, but now I don't know. We only went one stop and I know it was over $5 for the two of us. I guess I'm still living in the days when the subway and Metro were like $1.:hippie:

The thing with the NYC subways, though, is that it would cost you the same to go from the Bronx to Brooklyn as it would to go one stop so while it might not have seemed worth it for one stop, the price isn't so bad if you're going far....and especially if you compare it to the cost of parking in midtown :scared1:

Helen

kidd_freeper
04-16-2010, 10:10 AM
We are thinking of going to Hershey Park this summer. We've never been there before and are unfamiliar with the area.

It seems like the common thought here is that their food is too expensive.

So does it make sense to leave the park and eat off-site? The six of us can eat at McDonalds for $30 or TGIFridays for $75.

Are there places to eat within a 20 minute drive?
How long does it take to re-enter the park?
If I leave, would I be able to get back into the park?
Would I have to pay for parking again?

Thanks in advance for your reply:flower3:

andrews_dad
04-16-2010, 11:07 AM
We are thinking of going to Hershey Park this summer. We've never been there before and are unfamiliar with the area.

It seems like the common thought here is that their food is too expensive.

So does it make sense to leave the park and eat off-site? The six of us can eat at McDonalds for $30 or TGIFridays for $75.

Are there places to eat within a 20 minute drive?
How long does it take to re-enter the park?
If I leave, would I be able to get back into the park?
Would I have to pay for parking again?

Thanks in advance for your reply:flower3:

Hand stamp for re-entry is allowed. Will have to tram back to car. That takes time. From parking lot out to left about 3 min is Pizza Hut, McD's, etc. 1 min to the right is outlets with Red Robin and such. No charge to park again if you have your parking stub. Re-park and tram will take some time. Plus they wind you around the whole lot to park, so that takes time. Plus, the park is spread out. Pretty good hike to exit from many spots, especially water area, Dueling Dragons, etc.