NAPHA ParkHop23

NAPHA ParkHop23

Our Premier 2023 Summer Event

We are currently in the midst of some heavy planning for yet another amazing ParkHop. ParkHop23 will take place Thursday, July 27-Sunday, July 30, 2023.

Here is the latest TENTATIVE schedule (while events at specific parks may change, the dates for each visit are confirmed):

Kennywood Park: West Mifflin, PA

Thursday, July 27th
Times to be announced.

  • Morning ERT on Racer and Steel Curtain
  • First Ride of the Day on Spinvasion
  • Behind the Scenes Tour or Walk Back
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • Plaque Presentation and Group Photo
  • Evening ERT on Thunderbolt and Phantom's Revenge

Kennywood - Park Details & Directions

About the park:
Celebrating its 125th season, Kennywood is one of only two amusement parks that are National Historic Landmarks. The trolley park features an incredible collection of rare and vintage rides while offering modern thrills.

4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Cascade Park: New Castle, PA + Others

Friday, July 28th

Times to be announced.

  • Tour of defunct Cascade Park
  • Tour of defunct Rock Point
  • Visit to Debence Museum
  • Evening visit to Waldameer Park

Cascade Park - Park Details & Directions

About the park:
Cascade Park operated as an amusement park from 1897 to 1981. Now a community park, remnants of amusements are scattered on park grounds, including the carousel pavilion and ride footers.

1928 E Washington St, New Castle, PA 16101

Midway State Park: Bemus Point, NY

Saturday, July 29th

Times to be announced.

  • ERT on Little Dipper and Bumper Cars
  • Historical Talk and Plaque Presentation
  • Miniature Golf Tournament

Midway State Park - Park Details & Directions

About the park:
Midway State Park features a collection of vintage children's rides and a few family rides. The park, owned by New York State Parks, celebrates its 125th season this year.

4859 Route 430, Bemus Point, NY 14712

Herschell Carousel Factory Museum:
North Tonawanda, NY

Saturday, July 29th 

Times to be announced.

  • Tour and two ride tokens for carousel

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum - Park Details & Directions

About the museum:
Within the walls of this museum, carousels, kiddie rides, and more were made for parks across the globe. The factory is a museum, showcasing the incredible history of Allan Herschell's companies. 

180 Thompson St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World:
Grand Island, NY

Sunday, July 30th

Times to be announced.

  • Morning ERT on Silver Comet
  • First Ride of the Day on TBD ride
  • Lunch and plaque presentation
  • Tour

Niagara Amusement Park - Park Details & Directions

About the park:
This park opened as Fantasy Island in 1961 and had several names over the years. In early 2020, Apex Park Group announced the park was closed forever. A year later, Gene Staples (who also purchased Indiana Beach) saved the park from becoming history.

2400 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island, NY 14072


  • TBD


NAPHA Events are only possible with the volunteerism and support from NAPHA Members. You'd be surprised how much a small task such as passing out wristbands or corralling the group can help make the event more enjoyable for our fellow members. Please considering volunteering to help for as little or as much as you want. 

To see what we need help with and sign up, click here.

Please help us advertise the event by inviting your friends to our ParkHop23 Facebook event page when we put it up!

Terms & Conditions

The payment of fees by, for, or on behalf of participants holds harmless the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) and its respective Directors/Representatives from any and all liabilities related to this event and all event activities! Registration by members and/or their guests implies that event participants are bound by NAPHA’s code of ethics/code of conduct. All safety mandates established by the host parks MUST BE FOLLOWED. Failure to abide by any posted/verbal safety directives will result in direct consequences for the member/guest in violation of stated safety measures, up to, and including, revoking of event privileges and/or organizational membership. No refunds given. Every effort will be made to follow the stated itinerary; however, all activities are subject to modification by our hosts (or the weather). No arrangements have been made for accommodations. Submitting your registration means that you, and everyone in your party, have read and agreed to the above registration statements. All registration materials will be at the event - an email with information will be sent prior to the event. Additional information may be requested by emailing or calling 724-493-9766. Fees include requested admissions/wristbands, exclusive ride times, and stated meals.

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