On our way through Pennsylvania we decided we would stop at the Hershey Factory in Hershey, PA. It was only 20 minutes off our route through the state. We have never had the privilege of spending a lot of time in PA and since my wife had been here a long time ago and thought it was really fun we decided to visit. It was super cold so I almost didn’t get out at Hershey’s Chocolate World. But I wasn’t sure if I would ever make it back here so I braved the cold and got out.
The minute we walked through the door we were surrounded by the yummy smells of all kind of chocolate. If you are a chocoholic then this is the place for you. Every kind of Hershey chocolate is available for purchase here. It was so much fun to see all the merchandise and the different fun things they do with chocolate here.
Unfortunately due to my being on my scooter I was not able to do the Hershey Trolley Works Tour. I know places can’t accommodate everyone, but being more handicapped accessible would be a nice thing.
Luckily we were able to take the factory tour. When we first were asked if we wanted to do it we weren’t sure it would be possible since you had to be ambulatory and able to transfer to a regular wheelchair in order to get on the ride. I haven’t been in a manual wheelchair except once or twice in my life so I didn’t know if it would be possible. I am not in a position where it is easy to be in a sitting position.
Diane, the very nice woman directing the line for the tour asked her manager to come over and see if we could try the wheelchair. She really did more than she had to and they really wanted to make it so I was able to go on the adventure. Her manager Phil came over and took us behind the scenes to the handicapped wheelchair entry spot and we tried the wheelchair. SUCCESS! I was able to sit in a chair and be moved onto the moving walkway and then into the ride.
When we were done with the first round they even asked if we wanted to go again in case we missed something the first time around since there is a lot to see and at my angle I wasn’t able to see all of it the first time. These two people really made a difference in my experience of the tour and being able to see it. They really went above and beyond which is very rare these days.
Christmas Tree in the entry way
Phil getting ready to roll me onto the moving walkway
Another picture in the chair
Talking cow welcoming you to the tour
Cow taking your picture as you exit
Me in the wheelchair on the ride
Gingerbread house made completely out of Chocolate
Goodbye Chocolate World