The ERT Saturday on Moreys Pier had the GNE, Zoom Phoom, Dante's, with 4 live actors, and AtmosFEAR. The beach bbq was a nice low key event, with burgers, hot dogs, and Jack Morey who spke and thanked everyone for attending. Gary Slade and Jim Futrell also came to talk about the Morey's Boardwalk Empire.
It is sure a great thing to actually see real live owners in action. They heard opinions, walked the whole room, and had a relaxed public forum.
After the pm ERT on the Great White with lights out, and another morning session that included the Sea Serpent, it turned out to be a great $39 event.
Premier? Does that mean they're not sure if this is going to be a wood coaster or a steel coaster? Or did Premier suddenly get into the wood coaster business? Are they talking a date, like 2009 or 2010?
Again, wish I could have been there. I'm sure it's nice to see the park ownership doing their thing.
I am very non technical but the meeting was in laymans terms and very interesting. It was first class all the way with refreshments and soft drinks provided. The info exchange was very open and covered the new coaster, Moreys operations, and Wildwood in general including the condo vs. park discussion. Great stuff.
I had to leave at 4:30 and it was still going, don't know how long it lasted. *** Edited 7/9/2007 9:41:18 PM UTC by depotrat***
Also does anyone have any pictures of the renderings and if so could they PM me please.
However, the Great NorEaster since 1995 has had 3 paint jobs, a new light package, a new loading station with led lighting, and 3 sets of harneses, each better. Also, Kumback Coasters added an EVAC platform, and the Moreys added a whole new service platform under the top of the lift to service their anchor steel thriller.
As for the Sea Serpent, the boomerang, has had many paint jobs, a new Vekoma Mark IV train, a new EVAC platform with steps to the ground, and 3 additional service platforms for the second lift hill, so the coaster can be services 24/7, without a crane.
I could go on and on, not even mentioning the Great White upgrades, the Doo Whopper upgrades, and even the new EVAC platforms and magnetic brakes on Rollies Coaster, the new cars on the Flitzer, and more and more.
It all boils down to TLC, and when the Vekomas are treated with love, they do the job. All the rides are treated with Love.
One more nice touch: the GNE and Great White ran 2 trains the whole time, even with empties leaving the station. Never a line for a seat during ERT.
Maybe I was seeing things, but I could have sworn that the Sea Serpent had some track work done around the time the new Mark IV train was added. It looked as though a lot of work was done near the track ties, leading me to believe that some of the steel was replaced. Maybe it was just being repainted, I dunno.
The Flitzer is an interesting case. When the ride was moved to a different location on the pier a couple years back, the ride looked brand-new. Having been built in the 1960s we know this was not the case, but Morey's saw fit to completely rehab the ride to the point where it was probably better than it was when it left the Zierer factory. It's still the best Flitzer I've ridden, and even though I'm not nuts about the new artwork on the scenery panels, at least the scenery panels are still in place.
Enlighten me.. what's the deal with the Premier concept? It doesn't sound like the new Intamins, so how is it different? No offense, but the explanation was pretty confusing. Until I hear what that's all about, I'll reserve judgement about which I'd rather see.
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
The Serpent has to be 100%, as during shoulder season, only Mariners Landing is open, and it has to run. It is clearly a much better ride today then when it opened in terms of reliability and safety.
The GNE had a visit from Vekoma this winter to do track work for the first time. The GNE track is bolted, so minor adjustments can be made. The ride is improved. I think Vekoma will back this up, but the GNE is probably the most abused of the SLC's worldwide, with the weather, and 2 train operation for 75 days straight.
Glad everyone had a great time - wonderful to see a seaside park that is not just *surviving*, but is actually thriving. And in one of my home states, no less... ;)
I'd be interested in checking out the Premier....they seem to have figured out something about *ejector airtime* that GCI just has not yet gotten.
I'll be saying goodbye to Steel Pier in two weeks...luckily, I won't have to say goodbye to Morey's for at least two decades...or more. :)
*** Edited 7/10/2007 2:43:35 AM UTC by rollergator***
I live nearby and LOVE Wildwood but Having it on the 4th of July is a bad time, Family events parties going on let alone trying to get Lodging at $200+ a night during the Holiday.
If they had this event in say mid or late July they may have had a 200-400+ turnout.
I myself would have brought 10 or more people.
But this Board so far is the only place I got info on the "new" coaster.
anymore details ?
I also want a Gravity Group coaster *** Edited 7/10/2007 3:48:42 PM UTC by PcMan***
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
I had many people that wanted to go but.
They had real mechanics available to take questions, and their Maintenence Director/Engineer also onsite doing as tour.
It was a very impressive operation.
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