Last week I shared about our amazing time at HersheyPark in Hershey, PA, but did you know there is a whole other section of fun at HersheyPark? It’s Chocolate World! Chocolate World is a fun time for kids and adults and has everything chocolate you could imagine. Along with a free (yes I said FREE!) mini Chocolate World factory tour you can pay to attend some additional attractions, eat at a variety of chocolate-themed places and buy all the chocolate you wish in the souvenir shop.
Chocolate World is located right outside of HersheyPark and is fun for the whole family. We visited Chocolate World before heading into the main park and not only got some delicious snacks and bought some cute Hershey stuffies, we did the traditional tour and also took part in three additional attractions: the Chocolate Tasting Experience, the 4D Chocolate Mystery and became chocolate makers in the Create Your Own Candy Bar area.
Chocolate World can be done on it’s own or apart of your HersheyPark experience, but it’s a definite must see in you are ever in this area. Our kids had so much fun learning about the history of Hershey, tasting different types of chocolates and watching the 4D show; and we are already to visit again!
Before you go
Chocolate World is located outside of the main park, so keep that in mind when planning your trip. You can visit one, the other or both. Chocolate World on it’s own isn’t huge and can be visited in a shorter period of time to allow you time to spend your day in the main park. It also opens at 9 am, and Hershey Park doesn’t open until 10am, so it’s great to do before. The main area and Chocolate Tour is free but the other attractions and events are paid. If you choose to do some events, you will get a specific time to attend them and you can’t just go whenever you want. If you plan on visiting both, I suggest parking in the main HersheyPark lot for $15 and walking to Chocolate World and then back to the park. This will save you money and the hassle of walking back to the other lot after the park closes. Also, Chocolate World will give you a discount for purchasing tickets online and in conjunction with HersheyPark tickets, so if you are attending both, be sure to bundle them and save yourself some money.
What to bring
Chocolate World is all inside so you don’t have to plan for sun or rain in here. In the main building you are free to bring strollers or wagons but if you attend an event you are required to leave them outside under a covered ramada. We just brought ourselves and my camera inside and left all of the waters and things we were bringing to HersheyPark outside in the wagon. They were safe and sound when we returned.
What we did
While inside Chocolate World, we visited the souvenir shop, took the tour and attended three paid events. We loved all of them but I believe the Create Your Own Candy Bar was my kids favorite!
The Chocolate Tour
The Chocolate World Tour is a must when visiting Chocolate World. It’s automated ride (think: It’s a Small World) will take you around and shows you the journey of the little cocoa beans from the tropical rainforest from arrival to how they become the delicious Hershey chocolate we know and love! This musical ride is fun for everyone and you can learn a lot on how these little beans turn into delicious chocolate. The whole tour takes around 30 minutes.
4D Chocolate Mystery
Ready to solve a mystery? Hershey, Reese and Kiss have some mystery visitors in the chocolate factory and they need YOUR kid’s help to figure out who it is! The super fun, sensory filled 4D Chocolate Mystery show requires everyone to wear special 4D glasses to magically transport you into the screen so you can help these characters investigate the mystery. This show is completely interactive so no two audiences have the same show. It’s perfect for the whole family and lasts around 30 minutes.
Chocolate Tasting Experience
New for 2015, the Chocolate Tasting Experience will transform you into regular chocolate eater into a true chocolate connoisseur. The whole room is filled with the sights, sounds and smells of chocolate and during the event, the Hershey’s tasting experts will show you how to engage all senses to taste chocolates – from traditional Hershey’s milk chocolate to dark chocolate and varieties in between. The show lasts around 30 minuets and you not only get to sample 4 different types of chocolate, you also get an official “chocolate palateer” certificate when you are done!
Create Your Own Candy Bar
Ready to make your own chocolate? At the Create Your Own Candy Bar event YOU get to learn exactly how Hershey bars are made and you get to make your own! From choosing the fillings, to watching it being made, to designing your own label you are apart of it from beginning to the end of the process.
The whole family will dress in aprons and hair nets and get down to business. Each day there are different fillings you can choose (if you want) and then you get to watch your bars being made and covered in delicious Hershey’s chocolate!
My kids couldn’t want to watch their name come up across the screen so they knew which bar was theirs and at the end you got to take your bar home in a special metal tin covered in your personally designed label! This event took a little longer and we finished in around 45 minutes.
Where we ate
We didn’t eat a full meal here by we did have some delicious chocolate chip cookies in the food court area! There were food options, coffee and milk shakes here too.
Besides for the fun extra events, be sure to stop in the souvenir shop and pick up yourself some Hershey themed t-shirts, stuffed animals and lots of candy! The kids loved this part, of course.
If you are planning on visiting Chocolate World and HersheyPark in the same day, I suggest buying your event tickets early so you can plan out when you want to go to maximize your time in both areas. We had shows at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 am and then headed over to HersheyPark and did mostly everything over there, so it worked out for us!
Have you even been to Chocolate World? What did you think of it?
Disclosure: Thank you to Chocolate World for sponsoring this post, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.