Hershey Chocolate World Welcomes 100 Millionth Visitor
The Albert family were visiting the Hershey area from Pittsburgh, and decided to make a stop into Hershey’s Chocolate World. The family had no idea that when they arrived in Hershey that they would collectively become the Mayor of Chocolate World for the day.
When The Albert family, Shawn, Kirsten, Hannah, and Levi, and Kristen’s dad, Dave Rill entered the building, they found a bevy of Chocolate World employees and media waiting. That’s because the family had hit a much anticipated milestone- the 100 millionth visitor! The milestone has been highly anticipated, but originally, Hershey didn’t think it would be reached until February of 2017. After having such a busy summer though, the 100 millionth visitor came earlier than expected! Rill said they knew the celebration was going on, but that the possibility of it being for them wasn’t on their mind at all. It was an extra special celebration for the family because Kristen will be celebrating her birthday on Friday.
“We’re visiting family here in Lancaster, so we just came out here for the afternoon,” Shawn said. Kirsten and Hannah had visited Chocolate World before, but it was a new experience for Shawn and Levi. While the family confessed that the experience was a bit overwhelming, they were certainly up to the new demands expected of them as Chocolate World’s mayors. Check out a video of the celebration below!
As mayor, the family got to sign 2 proclamations for Hershey’s Chocolate World. First was the challenge of naming the calf found on the recently-updated Chocolate World ride. The ride opened earlier this summer and the other six cows had all been named earlier this year from online voting. “We always knew that we wanted the 100 millionth guest be able to name the baby calf, so we specifically left her unnamed as we named the other six with the opening of the new tour ride this summer” said Suzanne Jones, Vice President of the Hershey Experience. According to Kirsten, the new name was decided upon by Levi and Hannah: the calf would be dubbed Cupcake.
In addition, the family signed a proclamation stating that every guest who went through the Hershey’s Chocolate Making Tour Ride would be allowed double samples of candy. Along with their proclamations, the family to partake in a 100-second shopping spree at the Chocolate World gift shop, grabbing items which would be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. They also received a five-pound Hershey Chocolate Bar, as well as a year’s worth of free visits to the attractions at Chocolate World. “The family won a year’s supply of Hershey candy,” said Todd Kohr, marketing manager for Chocolate World. “We’re actually sending them, every month, a care package – $100 worth of candy, right to their door.” What a sweet holiday surprise for the Albert family!
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