Morey's Piers

Wednesday, November 14, 2001 12:07 PM
My family and I are taking a trip to New Jersey this next summer, and I'm able to go to 2 parks, one obviously being SFGADV b/c I've been dying to go there. Has anyone ever been to Morey's Piers? Is it a park worth going to? I think it's only about a haf an hour from Atlantic City. Thanks.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2001 12:26 PM
I ve been to Moreys Piers. Dont be fooled by the map! the piers are 3+ blocks apart. There is really only one good ride on MP. Great White. Other wise its just like a high quality boardwalk with standard Vekomas.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2001 1:47 PM
I live in Jersey and SFGAdv is my home park, but I love going down to Morey's Piers in Wildwood.  If you go you won't be dissapointed.  They have 3 major coasters, tons of flats, and a few dark rides.  The Sea Serpant is a standard Vekoma Boomerang (it was one of the first installations) that is fun, I have a sentimental attachment to it.  The Great Nor'easter is a Vekoma SLC.  Last time I rode it, it wasn't too rough, I rode 5 consecutive times without getting headache.  Its also really cool because it weaves through waterslides and other rides which makes for really great feat choppers.  The best coaster is by far though is the Great White.  This CCI is just awesome and built right on the beach.  It has a great drop, good speed and air.  Also their is a ton of stuff to do in Wildwood other than rides.  If you come to Jersey Wildwood is a must for one day.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2001 2:25 PM
yea, wildwood is a really fun place. The bes thing is how theres never any lines (except saturday night), and the ride ops will usually let you re-ride. I reccomend buying the all-day wristband for like $30. You can pretty much ride everything w/o the hassle of tickets.

I reccomed hitting 6 awesome rides

1)-Sea Serpant - Fun boomerang, not too rough.

2)- Great White - Awesome woodie, great air, not too rough (I reccomend first two cars, otherwise its really rough)

3)- Great Nor'Easter - This may be rough, but its damn scary. Theres one part before the heartlines, where you just squeeze through the ride itself, and a waterslide.

4) The storm - This is a general huss top spin, but with a freaky kink - The arms (at one point) dont synchronize, so the car is tilted and swirved in a strange direction..

5)- Inverter - This ride isnt all that good, butn its really fun. Be sure to put padding on you knees before hand.

6)- The "?" - I didnt quite get the name of this sick contraption, but ill tell you where it is. It is right next to the storm, by the sea serpant. It looks like 6 inverted coaster cars, lined in a hexogonal shape. The cars all connect via a large metal collumn on top, and that is attached to a rotating arm. The ride spins fowards, backwards, upside down, right side up, and all over the platform. To kick it up, they turn on a strobe light. Its really freaky.

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Thursday, November 15, 2001 6:22 AM
I think Morey's Piers are worth visiting if you are in the are.

They are actually three piers that constitute Morey's Piers… Morey's Pier, Mariner's Landing, and Wild Wheels Pier. As some one said, they are a few blocks apart (especially Morey's Pier, the northern most one, and Mariner's Landing, the middle pier). Each of the three have their "premier" coaster along with at least one other.

Coasters are:
Great White (Wild Wheels Pier): a large and fun CCI wooden coaster. Night time rides on this thing are really fun... especially during full moon (on top of the lift, all you see is the moonlit ocean infront of you... its kind of eerie, but cool).
Great Nor'Easter (Morey's Pier): a fun Vekoma SLC, not nearly as rough as everyone says.
Sea Serpent (Mariner's Landing): Standard Vekoma Boomerang (standard but fun)
Doo Whopper (Wild Wheels): Small wild mouse style
Flitzer (Morey's): Schwarzkopf Flitzer model… a compact but fun design for its size.
Rollie's Coaster (Mariner's): Small steel coaster, not sure the type, but kind of fun
RC-48 (Morey's): compact and intense and painful if you have long legs and your knees bang against the seat in front of you.

Other notable rides:
Zoom Flume (Morey's): a long and fun flume ride… or so they say (broke down when I was there)
Ferris Wheel (Mariner's): This is a BIG one! Great view of the ocean and Wildwood (even down to Cape May)
Sky Ride (Wild Wheels): A very HIGH one (for one where your feet dangle, ski lift style) that goes over the structure of Great White
Maelstrom: (Mariner's): That "sick contraption" that GreatAdventureAddict mentioned as #6 on his/her list. A very intense, fun (and a little scary) ride.
Moby Dick (Mariner's): Resembles a "Flying Carpet ride" (I think)… not sure exactly… but it gave me that "stomach in chest" feeling

Also, each pier has some dark attractions…
Jersey Junk Yard (Wild Wheels): a short and not so great ride through
Mummy's Curse in 3D (Wild Wheels): a walk through themed as an ancient Egyptian tomb. You wear 3D glasses for some very unique effects. Nothing high tech, but fun.
Dark River (Mariner's): A dark "float through" Not bad.
Dante's Inferno (Morey's): a moderate length ride through. Kind of fun.

Water Parks:
Mariner's Landing and Morey's Pier

If you like Dark attractions, there are three on the board walk near the entrance to Mariner's Landing… Dracula's Castle (a walk through with live actors), Dungeon Boat Ride (a boat ride through the dungeon below the castle… very creepy), Den of Lost Thieves (an interactive ride through… I didn't go on this one… ran out of time). While not part of Morey's and not included in the price for Morey's, you can buy a combo ticket for all three of these if you wish. As far as I know, these three are only open at night time.

If you go to Morey's, I would suggest buying a wrist band for unlimited rides. Buying individual tickets can get kind of pricey. Not sure of the pricing because of the "deal" my wife and I got… a "flex ticket" (not sure of the correct term they used). We picked up a coupon at the place we were staying (they are available at participating hotels), and paid $80 each. What we got was a ticket good for three one day wrist bands on the piers (good at all the piers… you can jump from one to the other as long as it is on the same day) and three one day wrist bands for the water parks (again, you can jump between the two). If you don't use it on your visit, don't worry, they are good indefinitely. (We still have one day left on the piers and two days left at the water parks)
As Rob Ascough says in the post following this one (that edit button is a wonderful thing), you should be able to hit all three piers in one day. My wife and I took three days (2 on the piers, 1 at the water parks) because 1) we just took our time and 2) we found a hotel (Surf 16) that took pets and we had a Golden Retriever back there that we did not want to leave alone (in a strange room and all) for too long of a period of time

The piers pleasantly surprised us… we were expecting a carnival like atmosphere (with the assorted unsavory ride ops). What we found were rides that were placed perhaps like a carnival (space is limited on the piers... It is amazing how they intertwined Great Nor'Easter, Zoom Flume and Sea Serpent with their surroundings!), but employees (ride ops, security, maintenance, etc) who rival most major theme parks (good ones too!) The piers were kept very clean, the employees were friendly, helpful, and competent, and the rides appeared to be very well maintained. Lines were almost non existent during the day and later in the evenings (they pick up a bit when the people come off the beach near sun set). All in all, our experience at the piers was on par with what we found at most of your better amusement and theme parks in regards to cleanliness, maintenance, and quality of employees.

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*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 11/15/2001. ***

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Thursday, November 15, 2001 9:58 AM
SLFAKE said it better than I could have ever hoped to do myself, so I will add just a few things to his comprehensive (and completely accurate) list:

1) The Great White is fantastic- take a ride in the very back to experience the true power of the first (actually, second) drop.  You will experience amazing airtime!

2) The Zoom Flume IS fun, definitely one of the best I have ever been on.

3) If you go during the week, the lines are non-existant during the day and rather minimal at night.  On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the lines are a little longer but never get unbearable.  If you start riding when the piers open during the day and stay until closing (I think the piers are open until 12:30am during the busiest summer months!), you should have no problem getting everything done in a day. 

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Thursday, November 15, 2001 10:59 AM
The piers are great and next year would be the perfect time to go to SFGAdv because all the coasters exept Viper should be running.
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Thursday, November 15, 2001 11:07 AM
Discovery Channels, I forget which one I saw it on, had a travel show about Atlantic City and the piers. It was on the other night, I can't remember its' title. The atmosphere they showed is nothing like a carnival. Looks to be a place well worth visiting. Did anyone else see those shows? I never saw the rides part, my wife changed the channel everytime it went to a commercial:(.......
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Thursday, November 15, 2001 3:53 PM
Not a cut to Morey's piers, I plan to go there myself next summer, but depending where you are in New Jersey, you may want to also consider Dorney.  Or if you can really twist you parent's arms either Hershey or Knobels.
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Friday, November 16, 2001 3:22 AM
In response to Jim Fisher...
All depending on how much you want to drive. Its a good 3hr drive from Wildwood to Hershey and add another hour onto that to get to Knoebels.

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Friday, November 16, 2001 3:38 AM
Well, we're coming from Michigan, so we'll be going out through Pennsylvania, I thought about Dorney, but we'll be staying in Avalon, NJ which is only about 15 milies away from Wildwood, and SFGADV is only about an hour or 2 away. We're trying to get to NJ in less than 2 days, so we prolly wont want to stop on the way in PA. Maybe on the way back;).

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Friday, November 16, 2001 8:26 AM
Okay, some more precise measurements...

Avalon, NJ to Allentown (Dorney) = 143 miles (about 2.5 hrs)
Avalon, NJ to Hershey = 175 miles (3 to 4 hrs)
Avalon, NJ to Elysburg (Knoebels) = 209 miles (3.5 to 4.5 hrs)

Also keep in mind that Allentown, Hershey, and Elysburg are not along the same route so that would add some more time should you wish to hit all three.

Of the three, Elysburg does not fall on any direct route that you may be taking to get back to Michigan from NJ. If you are taking the PA turnpike to cut across PA, Hershey is only a slight detour (getting off at Exit 20 I think and taking US 322 west to Hershey, then 322 west toward Harrisburg and catching the PA turnpike at Exit 19). Allentown is at the "intersection" of the North East Extention of the PA turnpike and Rt.78... easy to drive up the North East Extension to Allentown to hit Dorney an then take I78 West to I81 and then drop down along I83 and eventually pick up the Turnpike again near Harrisburg.

In plain words... If you are in NJ, all of those PA parks are at least 140 miles and two hours away.

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Friday, November 16, 2001 8:43 AM
And all are worth the extra driving!  I mean, you're talking THREE Schmeck woodies (and three wonderful parks)!!!
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Friday, November 16, 2001 9:42 AM

Rob Ascough said:
"And all are worth the extra driving!  I mean, you're talking THREE Schmeck woodies (and three wonderful parks)!!!"

I didn't say they were not... just saying that its not as simple as jumping in the car and driving a few miles to get there. A trip to any one of these from the southern part of NJ will take up pretty much of a day if you wish to stay in each park a while (which is something you should do if you visit any of them).


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Friday, November 16, 2001 9:51 AM
Don't get me wrong, I simply made that comment because I know you would agree with me if anyone would.  From your other posts, I see you are a huge Schmeck fan like me, and I was just adding to what you said.  I knew you weren't saying the parks weren't worth the trip!  Sorry for the confusion if there was any...
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Friday, November 16, 2001 10:08 AM
wildwood is the most magical places on earth, especially at night. there are good food places along the boardwalk and some very interesting rides piled almost on top of one another. plus the great white is a good ride and if you ride it on a windy day, you get sand in your face coming out of the tunnel and onto the lift. where else could that happen.
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