Riding a carousel is a timeless treat for all ages. The Hersheypark Carrousel is celebrating it’s 100th birthday in 2019 and I’m excited to share some of the details and history that make this carousel special.
Hersheypark considers their carrousel the crown jewel of the park and that’s obvious from the placement and love that’s put into restoration.
Hersheypark Carrousel Facts
Built in 1919 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, this Carrousel’s original home was in Auburn, NJ and moved to Hersheypark in 1945.
With all 66 original horses still in use the craftsmanship and detail is stunning. They work to renovate 8 horses a year to make sure they maintain their color and sparkle. Of the 66 horses 42 of them are considered jumpers. Which in carousel talk means they look like they are jumping in the air.
I’ve also learned that a lot of carousels have a dedicated horse, and this one is no different as there’s one dedicated to Milton Hershey. With a chocolate brown and gold color scheme you can see the detail of the Hershey school crest, his initials, buildings around town and more.
They also have one that represents the park, with the famous colorful ferris wheel is represented on this horse.
Of the 66 horses, only one horse has it’s mouth closed. Be sure to look for it the next time you visit!
Hershey Carrousel Organ
The Carrousel uses a Wurlitzer model 153 Military Band Organ, that was installed in 1926.
Hersheypark has hundreds of rolls of music, and plays select ones for summer, Halloween and even the winter holidays. They are constantly changing the rolls so you never know what will be playing when you arrive, but be sure to listen.
To me a Carrousel ride is perfect for all ages. From infants to seniors, this ride is one that builds memories.
For a lot of attendees to Hersheypark they like to start and end their day riding a carrousel. With the sun shining in the morning and the lights glowing at night it’s easy to see how this crown jewel is the pride and joy of Hersheypark.
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