2004 New England Trip

Tuesday, November 4, 2003 8:25 PM
I am planning a New England trip with a NJ side trip next year. Is it possible hit Playland Park, Astroland in NYC, both Seaside Heights Parks, and Morey's Piers all in one day? I am planning to stay in Vineland NJ that night.Is it possible? I will welcome any comment. Thanks
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Tuesday, November 4, 2003 8:37 PM
Did you want to ride anything while you're there?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2003 9:20 PM
We did a SFNE/down the coast trip last year.

We hit Astroland and the Seaside Heights piers in one day, but felt rushed. If you're just out credit whoring it wouldn't be a problem to hit those three in a day, but we wanted to soak it in a bit. We hit Morey's the next day and spent the entire day there. I can't imagine trying to do all of that in a day, let alone adding Playland to the list.

Maybe try planning for quality time and not quantity time?


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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 2:01 AM
I did a new england trip in 2001. Lot's of planning will make it go much better.

Chuck

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 4:51 AM
I'll echo what others have said: you can do it in one day, but I wouldn't suggest it.

You didn't mention the time of year you're going. Keep in mind beach traffic can be horrendous, especially on Fri/Sat/Sun.

If you're pressed for time you might consider doing Coney & Rye Playland on day One, and the Jersey Shore [Keansburg to Wildwood] on Day Two. But even then you'll wish you had more time on the Jersey Shore, especially in Wildwood.

mOOSH [could have spent an entire day just at Wildwood]

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 5:04 AM
Having visited the two end points of this itinerary (Rye and Wildwood), I will second (or third?) what others have said...

IF I were doing this, I would take 3 days.

Day 1: Rye and Astroland

Day 2: All NJ shore points except Wildwood and Morey's

Day 3: Wildwood and Morey's


Keep in mind that 184 miles separates Rye from Wildwood. Driving non stop at 60 mph you will be spending a MINIMUM of 3 hrs on the road... and that is not counting TRAFFIC and other delays. Also, consider this... Playland in Rye and Morey's in Wildwood do not (I believe) open before noon...
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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 6:36 AM
That's *exactly* the same itinerary I would do, too, SLFAKE ;)

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 10:27 AM
I always said to "pace" yourself on a coaster trip... this year my wife and I found out how important that is...

Day 1: Marineland Ontario

Day 3: Martin's Fantasy Island

Day 4: Sea Breeze

Day 5: Great Escape

Day 6: Canobie Lake

Day 7: Funtown and Palace Playland

Were kind of exhausted (and not looking forward to another SF park after visiting GE) so we decided to skip SFNE so...

Day 8: Lake Compounde and Rye Playland and then drove home

Day 9: Collapsed from exhaustion.

While it was great to hit all those parks... I believe I would have liked to slowed things down a bit and taken my time more. Some days all we did was drive and go to a park. It was getting kind of old by the time we hit Saco ME.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 10:47 AM
Pacing is definitely the key.

My ACE Con trip was nonstop drive, park, drive, hotel, drive, park, drive, hotel...for 12 days. I had fun, but it was exhausting.

My CAC trip was at a much slower pace. We spent 2/5 days in Couer d'Alene alone. Had a great time, came home much more relaxed.

mOOSH

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 10:53 AM
This will be a fun trip, being I have done it myself, just not all in one day.

Playland can be done within 1 and a half hours. Be sure to ride the Dragon Coaster, Racing Derby, Olde Mill, and a stroll on the boarkwalk.

Coney Island can be done in 2 to 3 hours. Ride the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, possibly the Parachute Jump might open 2004, take a walk on the Boarkwalk, and get some Nathans, after you do everything else ( want to keep the food in your stomach) !!!

Seaside heights can also be done in the same day. Walk the boardwalk, and ride whatever you want, plenty to do. Plus if done in the same day you will get there at night, best time for the heights.

Save Wildwood for the next day, trust me. Also it is another 3 hours from Seaside.

There are 3 main piers Morey's Wheels, Mariners Landing, and I can't recall the last.

Moreys has the Great White, a great woodie that takes a run on the sand, and other mish-mosh.

Mariners has the Sea Serpent, the first boomerang, and a good one, plus the mish-mosh rides.

The last pier has The Great Nor' Easter, a great SLC inverted coaster. Plus the other rides on the pier.

I recommend to get the 3 pier all access pass, unlimited rides on the 3 piers, and the plus version of the ticket gives you the waterparks on 2 of the 3 piers.

Note: you should also make a stop at SFGRAdv its on the way down.

Kurt

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 10:58 AM
26 miles north of Wildwood is Ocean City with Playland (I think that is the name) and Gillians. Why not hit those and make it a true NJ shore trip?

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 11:12 AM
My comments mimick what most have already said, so I'll just toss my thoughts into the ring here:

Rye Playland is a nice park and there are lots of rides there worthy of your time. You've got the Old Mill, a few haunted houses, a S&S tower, log flume and shoot-the-chutes, tons of cool flats, the Derby Downs and the coasters. Even with the new Zamperla flyer going in next year, they basically have a "ride once and move on" collection, but that's still a lot of rides. Plus, Playland has no P-O-P wristband so ride tickets for all those things can get VERY pricey, especially if you aren't alone. I'd say Playland is good for at least a few hours.

I would add Coney Island to that day, as the distance between the two is rather short (traffic will probably be a bigger problem than distance). Coney has some good flat rides, and you'll probably want to grab more than a couple of spins on the Cyclone. Try a bunch of seats- I have never ridden a coaster where moving just one row forwards or backwards can make that much a difference!

As mOOSH said, traffic in NJ will probably play a big part in how much you get done in one day. Going "down the shore", you have Keansburg and Point Pleasant (both short stops), Seaside Heights (two amusement piers, probably a couple of hours) and Atlantic City's Steel Pier (Crazy Mouse). You might want to stop there and do Ocean City and Wildwood on the third day. Ocean City has quite a few small coasters but Wildwood has a LOT! Three amusement piers with pretty much every kind of ride imaginable... seven coasters (including three major ones)... lots of walking. Buy a wristband- you'll be happy that you did.

If you need help with directions or traffic, you can e-mail me and I'll do my best to help. It sounds like a good trip to me... you'll be hitting a lot of parks that people seem to pass up. Too bad most of the Schwarzkopfs that dotted the shore are gone (Coney's Jumbo Jet, Seaside's and Wildwood's Jet Stars and maybe even Ocean City's City Jet, come next season)!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 11:18 AM
I'll make only one recommendation, since I never really have given *due props* to my favorite stop during Con-Quest.....Morey's Piers ROCKS (and you can play Fascination after the park closes)....:)
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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 11:20 AM

Mamoosh said:
Pacing is definitely the key.

My ACE Con trip was nonstop drive, park, drive, hotel, drive, park, drive, hotel...for 12 days. I had fun, but it was exhausting.


D'oh! I suck. No more trip planning for me.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 11:53 AM
Just a darn shame that a few punks set fire to Dracula's Castle in Wildwood a few season ago.

The castle in its last incarnation was a bit lame and not scary at all, but the dungeon boat ride underneath was neat. Not horribly scary, but very very creepy.

At Rye Playland, do not sell the dark rides short. While they are not extremely scary, they do have their morbid and creepy parts... except for one... Ye Old Mill. To me, this one is played for laughs. And that is not a bad thing. Out side of Knoebels Haunted House, I would put Ye Old Mill up there as my favorite dark attration. Actually, during our visit, we had enough tickets for either a third ride on Dragon Coaster or a second ride through Ye Old Mill... and Ye Old Mill won out. Did I say I liked this ride?


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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 11:56 AM
Ye Old Mill was a very impressive ride. Interesting were the long dark stretches where the ride followed the course of the Dragon Coaster.

Playland deserves a lot of credit for rehabbing that ride when most parks would have just removed it (ummmmm Dorney?)

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-Rob
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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 1:37 PM
Bass - You didn't plan that trip alone....I helped, too. I think we make a good planning team ;)

mOOSH

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 1:49 PM
"Coney Island can be done in 2 to 3 hours. Ride the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, possibly the Parachute Jump might open 2004, take a walk on the Boarkwalk, and get some Nathans, after you do everything else ( want to keep the food in your stomach) !!!"

Since Rob covered Playland well I wanted to comment on Coney. First, the area is really three "parks": Astroland, Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, and a bunch of individual concessionaires at the southwest end.

At Astroland in addition to Cyclone I'd also suggest Dante's Inferno and many of the insanely run flats including the Breakdancer and Enterprise.

At Deno's there's more than the Wonder Wheel. Don't miss Spook-o-Rama, an original PTC dark ride.

The Zipper, located at the end of the boardwalk, is the only one operating that allows single riders.

And there is more along Surf Ave, too:

B&B Carousel [brass ring] and the El Dorado Bumper Cars -- aka the Disco Bumper Cars, where you can "Bump, Bump, Bump your @ss off!"

Depending on crowds Coney requires at least a 1/2 day.

mOOSH
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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 11/5/2003 6:50:19 PM ***

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 7:27 PM
I am mainly after the coasters only some I want add to my coaster count and others like the Cyclone and the Great White I want to ride. Is Whalom Park still open? I stop at Waldameer at Erie Pa for 20 minutes this year trip. Thanks TWJ
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Wednesday, November 5, 2003 7:41 PM
Whalom is gone, but if you're going that far north you might as well hit Lake Compounce, Quassy, and SFNE.

mOOSH

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