Morey's Piers 6/19/08 (Day 6)

Friday, June 20, 2008 1:52 AM
So we ended up making the drive to Wildwood today, rolled into town just before 1pm and found a nice all-day parking spot at 26th and the Boardwalk for $7.

- The family 4-pack of wristbands for the rides-only was $150.

- Morey's doesn't do tickets anymore. They do a card that you put credits on and scan when you ride. Brilliant.

- You also scan your wristband to ride. No need for the op to visually confirm the wristband or it's validity. Double brilliant.

- Not a tree in sight all day, yet I had a ton of fun. Trees remain overrated at amusement parks.

- Lots of rides up and down all day. Still managed to get a ride or two on most everything we wanted, but we ran into the "this ride is temporarily closed" sign a few too many times.

- The new trains on Great Nor'Easter, while eliminating the head banging, can't make up for the fact that SLCs just ride rough and generally suck balls. In fact, without being bludgeoned the entire ride, you're free to realize how bad the ride itself actually is.

- Atmosfear is a lot of fun. I expected the standard crappy freefall. I was wrong. Neat idea to put a little theme and story to it. Great views add to the fun factor.

- Warning: No kite flying within 500 feet of the coaster!

- Great White is much worse than I remember it. Very rough ride.

- We spent the entire day (1pm until after 11pm) just on the piers and the boardwalk area between the piers. I really find the area entertaining - even if it is a cheesy, overpriced tourist trap.

- Speaking of which, enough with the 'too expensive' debates on the forums. Quit talking about it and go out an look at it firsthand. People are dropping a crapload of money on overpriced frivilous things. Lots of people. Lots of money. Lots of crap. It's happening. There's nothing to debate. I've been seeing it all week and Wildwood was the topper. It's not just me. There are countless other people like me - just having fun without the worries.

- You do realize how much guest data can be scraped from those scans everytime someone rides, right? Triple brilliant.

- The employees at Morey's were very, very nice for the most part. Well done.

- Mummy's Curse is the worst.

- We didn't do them, but Morey's various waterpark areas look very nice.

- I can't believe that more people don't get crapped on by birds.

- Watch the tram car, please! (I'll be hearing it in my sleep and I fully believe they'd run your ass over)

- A lot of repeat rides on the different piers. I think all three have a tilt-a-whirl. I also think the kids rode all three.

- Great Nor'Easter's lighting at night is pretty crazy. I liked it.

- Once the sun goes down and the lights start coming on, the piers are spectacular.

- I regret not buying myself the "Party Naked" shirt and my wife a pair of "Gonch's Bitch" booty shorts. (both readily available at no less than 10 places along that stretch of boardwalk)

- Bacon Cheesesteak is very good. (I'd have put FTW, but I didn't want to confuse anyone with my apparently cutting edge acronyms)

- We didn't go with the souvenir cup today because we found the coke machine spitting out cans for 50 cents at Mariner's Arcade where we also ended up amassing around 6000 points which we promptly traded for junk. Yay us!

- Speaking of the arcade, there's another place (not just this arcade - any of the arcades we hit this week) that spending more gets you more. Ever notice how you get 'bonus' credits for dropping more upfront? Like a dollar gets your four credits (or tokens or whatever), but a ten gets you something like 45 or 50 or some additional amount.

- On the subject of games, redemtions and prizes - it seems the piers/boardwalk have really found ways to stretch the demographic playing these games by adding things like Webkinz (younger female players) and Coach bags (moms) as prizes in many machines and even as prizes for more standard games in addition to the countless Wii, Xbox, PS3, iPod and other prizes.

- The Chamber of Checkers building smelled like pee.

- Zoom Phloom is something like 40 miles long. It's really one of the longest flumes I've come across. Luckily, it's also one of the coolest. Fun and good looking.

- I wish I had something better to end this on, but I don't.

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Friday, June 20, 2008 7:34 AM
Morey's has always seemed to have great staff to me.

As for the "everything is expensive" theme recently I think it does have to do with the price of gas. People are now starting to think about the cost of getting somewhere along with the cost of doing what they want to do when they get there. As for me, If I didn't have an injury that I don't feel safe riding with I'd have probably canvased NJ and Eastern PA already for all the coasters this season. Hopefully I'll be able to ride in 2 weeks or so.

And now you know why I have the signature I do. Living in NJ all my life that saying is burned into my brain. And yes I believe they will run you over if you don't get out of the way.

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Friday, June 20, 2008 10:51 AM
That confirms what I suspected about the new trains. ROI my ass. :)
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Friday, June 20, 2008 8:46 PM
I was really excited when I saw that the Great-nor'easter was getting the new train restraints. As I had hoped that the restraints would be carried onto other SLC's. Like Ma's Thunderhawk.

I rode Thunderhawk 8 times when I was at Ma on Monday. The shoulder restraints really hurt your ears, and, and, it was pretty rough since the ride was supposed to be refurbished. You certainly couldn't tell. The only part that was smooth was the double barrel roll. The rest was just plain rough.

And, to my surprise, the back seat on Thunderhawk offered the best ride. The front seat was probably the worst, as it seemed to slow and jerk on almost every inversion. I think if they had filled the trains to capacity, it probably would have been a better ride.

So, I was cuirous about how the new restraints would be without the headbanging. I had heard that you certainly have a better view without your head being surrounded by plastic.

So, is it somewhat better? Or, is it worse?

Proably a dumb question since they probably won't put the new restraints on Thunderhawk. But, it sure is nice to think about.

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Friday, June 20, 2008 11:33 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

- Not a tree in sight all day, yet I had a ton of fun. Trees remain overrated at amusement parks.


It's a well known fact that in absence of trees it is perfectly acceptable to substitute a large body of water for charm. See Blackpool Pleasure Beach for example. (And don't tell me that Cedar Point is surrounded by a big body of water. Only oceans count.)


Speaking of which, enough with the 'too expensive' debates on the forums.

Yeah, good luck with that one.

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Friday, June 20, 2008 11:48 PM

kpjb said:
It's a well known fact that in absence of trees it is perfectly acceptable to substitute a large body of water for charm. See Blackpool Pleasure Beach for example. (And don't tell me that Cedar Point is surrounded by a big body of water. Only oceans count.)

Crap. I just looked it up.

You're right.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008 1:22 AM

Lord Gonchar said:

- I can't believe that more people don't get crapped on by birds.


Best comment ever!

As for Great White, that sucks, it LOOKS so good.

And call me crazy, but I avtually like the average SLC, as long as it isn't 'brutal.'

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Sunday, June 22, 2008 2:20 PM
I loved Great White a couple years ago. Sadness.
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Sunday, June 22, 2008 2:50 PM
Wildwood as a whole is a very interesting place. It tried to be all things to all people...and it nearly suceeds.

The only thing about it, and I haven't been there in over 5 years, is that there always seemed to be a few areas of prime real estate that were for sale or for rent - and the lack of people in these areas tend to draw a "shady kind of clientelle" and brought a "seedy" kind of feel to the rest of the boradwalk.

At Mariners, the Maelstrom may be one of the sickest rides I've ever seen. (I couldn't even think about doing it).

The old Jumbo Jet on Morey's (now gone) was fantastic.

The waterparks are nice, but very crowded.

By the way...speaking of Morey's employees...I once lost my wallet on a kiddie ride. It was returned with cash intact. I went back to the ride to offer a reward, but the crew changed and she was gone. I did write a positive letter to management about it.

Have a great day.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008 2:54 PM
I lost my wallet and phone (out of different pockets) on the Great Nor'Easter. Thankfully the waterpark hadn't been filled yet, but they let me into the empty pools and I recovered both.
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Monday, June 23, 2008 11:08 AM

Richie Reflux said:


At Mariners, the Maelstrom may be one of the sickest rides I've ever seen. (I couldn't even think about doing it).


Get Ready. Get Set. Spin Out. You found the Spin Out!! Spin Out are awesome in my opinion. I have never been on that one though. One carnival had you going 4 times upside down, one carnival 5 times, and one carnival 7 times. These inversions are very intense though, and not like a loop on a roller coaster. That's nothing.

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Monday, June 23, 2008 12:35 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
- Not a tree in sight all day, yet I had a ton of fun. Trees remain overrated at amusement parks.

Agreed, I still stand by my argument that trees != charm or atmosphere!

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