The votes are all in — more than 26,000 thousand of them — and it’s official. Hersheypark is the winner of coaster101.com’s 2019 Park Mania competition for favorite amusement park in North America.
Designed in the same format as the NCAA basketball’s March Madness bracket, Coaster101.com provided a voting bracket with 68 amusement parks for the public to vote on. The Park Mania voting concluded yesterday with fans asked to vote for their favorite among the two finalists: Hersheypark and Cedar’s Point (in Ohio).
Last year, the Park Mania champion was King Island in Ohio; Silverwood Park in Idaho won the top spot in 2017.
This past weekend, Hersheypark opened for Springtime in the Park, which will continue on weekends only through Easter, April 21. The amusement park will then open for its summer 2019 season on Friday, May 3 for weekends only 9Fridays through Sundays) until Thursday, May 23 when its fulltime season—open seven days a week—commence. The Boardwalk—Hersheypark’s waterpark—opens for the season on Saturday, May 25.
Hersheypark is in the midst of a $150 million, transformational expansion that will see part of the amusement park open to visitors year-round. Opening in the summer of 2020, the park’s Chocolatetown, comprising 23 acres, will provide a new entertainment area where guests can eat, play, shop and gather. Hersheypark will remain fully operational this summer during the expansion.