I would not think that someone would up and donate a log flume like that but people are. It is a really good thing and is very nice to hear. Recently we have only been hearing of wars between parks and such, but this is a delightful change. It should help out the park if anything. A log flume is a rather nice addition to most parks.
When I heard that the old Hunt's Pier flume would be removed from the pier, I was upset to hear of another classic ride on the Wildwood boardwalk disappear like so many others before it. This is great news, no matter how insignificant it may seem- I will miss the flume (although there is a superior ride next to it on Morey's Pier) but I am happy to hear it will be entertaining riders somewhere else. The fact that it was "given" to a park that needs the help makes this so much better.
I have never been to Arnold's Park, but judging by pictures and articles I have seen, the flume will be a perfect addition to the park. It has a wooden timbers-type structure and is very compact. Nothing too exciting but a completely enjoyable ride. I hope it helps the park survive.
Skyboss, you and me both. Actually, If I had $20mil, I'd be buying rides for myself, sort of like Michael Jackson's Neverland. Without the freakiness of the owner, of course. ;) This is a great story. Way to go Morey's Piers. Nice to see there is stil kindness in the industry and sometimes it's not just about the all mighty dollar. Peace. :)
------------- Medusa at Marine World: the best in the west!
I must agree that the level of generosity being displayed by the Morey's is to be commended.
In the Dog eat Dog world of the amusement industry, here is a shinig star of one park going the extra mile to help another park through a rough period. It may be 'just an old log flume' to some, but to a small park like Arnold's they will be able to market it just as if it were a new thriller coaster.
I've heard even Arrow Dynamics is chipping in to help get the ride set up and and rehab work performed on it.
------------- ---- David Bowers Mayor, Coasterville
Speaking of old Hunt's Pier rides, has Morey's opted to save the Golden Nugget Mine Ride? Or perhaps another park has plans to buy it/take it and put it back into operation? It would be a terrible loss if this dark ride/coaster is demolished!
There are no plans to demolish the Golden Nugget as of this day. It is being 'mothballed' until further plans for the redevelopement of the pier are finalized. It took a long time to find the flume a good home. Morey's will not make any rash decisions. They have 86 other rides to worry about.
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Agent Johnson, have you any information regarding what the future plans may be? Are rumors of Morey's Pier and Hunt's Pier being connected still alive? If that is the case, think of the coaster possibilities, perhaps something from B&M, maybe a Flying Dutchman (Morey's seems to have a thing for Vekoma rides), or maybe even another CCI woodie to complement the awesome Great White!
Morey should be commended for their generosity, but remember, being a 'donation' and all, it's definitley going to be a tax write-off for the park. Not that that's a bad thing, but I'm sure it crossed their minds when they decided to give it to another park. It probably cost less than it would have to scrap it.
There are no concrete plans to develope the pier as of this date. The flume was not a major write off, just more of a "maintenence is very busy, and it saves them valuable off season time in dismantling a major ride". Arnold's made several visits with Arrow to ensure the ride would operate to their needs and the size would fit in the space available.
Arnold's Park was shopping for a flume, and Morey's were seeking a buyer. This is just an example of how independents can work together when they communicate. Both parks met each other on all the right issues.
I didn't know Arnold's Park is still struggling! Didn't they have a good season! Arnold's Park is also far enough away where I don't think the Morey family would see it as competition! I think they should bput a giga-twister on that pier!!LOADED with airtime please!! ------------- PINK FLOYD FANATIC
As a former manager of the Flume,it saddens me to see it go. However,I am happy that it will breathe new life at Arnolds, instead of ending up in some landfill. A piece of Hunt's Pier and Wildwood amusement history will live on, thanks to the generosity of the Morey Organization.