I was booking some 2016 trips this morning and went to the Hershey Park Campground site to book our annual, 7-day summer trip. Site fees were a little on the high side for the sites they offer, but ok, i get it. It's the "Sweetest Place On Earth," right?
That sweet taste in my mouth soured a bit as i found the 2016 fees.
Full hook-up sites during the week went up $19/night... to $89/night.
Weekend fees went up $24/night... to $99/night!
They have also now added a holiday rate... only $109/night.
Hershey Park is nice, but it ain't Disney.
For those who haven't been to the campground, these are tight pull-through sites. If you're not in the pull-through section, you will be on the hill, and/or next to an active train that runs every 45-minutes or so, all day, all night.
The story i heard last summer (from a campground employee) is that the previous owners (when it was Hershey Highmeadow Campground) sold to Hershey Corp. many years ago, with the stipulation that they continued to manage the campground until they decided to retire. From what i gather, that happened in late 2014/early 2015, and site fees went up slightly last year. So, this would be the first year Hershey Corp. had complete control over price increases.
We used to love this campground... clean, friendly, a little pricey, but still affordable. Now, i would recommend finding one of the other 3 or 4 nice campgrounds in the area at about half the price.