Morey's Piers 8/27-9/2 "Nuthin beats the Beach"

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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 12:25 PM
My family and I took a weeks vacation and stayed in Wildwood crest at the Adventurer moter inn. Nevermind the ocean views, but its the only hotel right on the ocean and next to the boardwalk so i had easy access to the piers.

We went there a total of 4 nights, each night i tackeled most of the rides.

Wild wheels- This is the southernmost pier, offering 2 coasters as well as flat and kiddie rides.

Great White(cci woodie) - This is a pretty good coaster, which was neatly and cleverly fit into the amusement pier. It has a cool underground tunnel right after it leaves the station, which leads up to the 110 foot lift. It gives great views going up, especially at night with a full moon. This was my 5th or 6th time here, so I knew what to expect. Its a great ride along with a great view up front, and painful but airtime-filled ride in the back. Nothing really exciting happened, except for the last night. The operators shut the ride down temporarily, but it was 2 hours. There were mechanics working on the little dip from the breaks to the station. I lined up about 15 minutes before it opened, and when I looked back, the line was REALLY long behind me! I got the first seat on the first train out. In total i got about 17 rides total. The lines were only 1 or 2 train except for the last night, it was about 15 minutes! The front was longer as well.

Doo Wopper(Zamperla Wild Mouse) - This is a fun wild mouse, although its not that wild with all the damn trim breaks (I count three). Only 2 of the hairpin turns give their full potential, the others are lame. I rode this with my mom in order to glide her onto the great white. This one had a long line both times i rode it (20 minutes!)

The Inverter - This a cool flat Ride. Although its painful on the legs, its fun to watch and ride.

Skyride - Typical skilift, only made for a ride. Its cool going over the great white, too.

The Go-Karts under the great Whhite were cool, but the ride op was really annoying and was throwing people out for taping other karts.

The other rides on this pier i passed up because they were mostly kiddie, except the tornado and even that was kiddie.

Mariner's Landing - This is the "Middle Pier" and is usually where all the action is. It has the coolest selection of flat rides, and close behind in coasters.

Sea Serpant (vekoma boomerang) - Thank god this ride was re-vamped and re-fitted in 98'. If you rode it before that, it was shear pain. The new Vekoma train is comfortable and pretty smooth. The ride is fun, and gives a good thrill for its small cramped space. One question though, Are there trim breaks on all boomerangs after the loop? I know there are in sfne, but thats in. I got about 14 rides total on this. There was only a 1 or 2 train wait for the whole train, 3 or 4 for the front.

The "Maelstorm"? - This was an incredible flat ride, probably second best after evolution at sfgadv. Take 6 inverted coaster cars (4 accross) and place them in a hexoganal circle. Attach the tops to a steel arm, and have them all converge in the middle, so the whole chasis looks like a claw. This claw is again attached to an arm and is spun fowards, backwards, upside down, rightside up, and is rotated durring the whole thing. I got about 20 rides.

Rollie's Coaster - This replaces the old Zyclon. Its better, but theres no need for OTSR's. This is a wild mouse type, but its got some twists and dives involved in the figure8 track. Another trimmer too, I counted 5! Rode this 2 times, It always had a long wait.

The storm - This is like the twister at sfgadv, but its much more twisted. You are hauled on a 2 row, 40 seater gondola supported by two large arms. It is flipped, swung, and dipper vertically. At one point you are hung upsidedown for like 5 seconds. It then moves one arm foward, so that the gondola tilts over and looks as it will colapse.5 rides.

I also rode big wheel and teacups anlong with these cool go-karts that were like underground.

Morey's Pier - This is the northernmost pier by moreys, and has the most coasters. Up front, by the kiddie rides, its alwys crowded. Back by the 'easter, its empty.

Great Nor'Easter(vekoma slc) - They must have done something to this, because last year, It was a headache. This time, it was rough, but tolerable and fun. Usually i rode front, or second row, because the back is really rough in the back. There was only a 3 or 4 train wait with 1 train, or 1 train wait with two trains. I love how this ride wheaves in and out of the water slides, especiall the double in-line, when your feet come within 12" of the log flume. Hit this one about 20 times total.

The RC-48 Coaster - This is a painful little coaster with tight turns and a steep lift hill. I liked the Jet star before it, but whatya gonna do?? There were trims before the final helix, but it didnt bother me - I only rode it once with no wait.

Flitzer - This is a "carnival" sort of coaster but i rode it with my sister in memory of schwartignof(sp). It even has an onride photo! Rode once, it had a 20 minute wait!!

The other rides here included dantes inferno, Zoom Flume, breakdance, and the gravitro. These were all fun, but i actually felt sick on breakdance.

All in all this was a great trip. Every night i bought the three pier wristband, so i got unlimited rides all day. Thanks for reading.

*My Personal Top 10*
1)-Nitro, 2)-S:ROS(sfne), 3)-Kraken, 4)-Alpengeist, 5)-Incredible Hulk

Tuesday, September 4, 2001 12:42 PM
Flitzer didn't have an on ride photo when I went in July on Great White and Great Nor Easter.
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 3:36 PM
Gotta Love Wildwood! Great Beach, Great Food, Awesome nighttime Fun!

Great Nor' Easter's double inline is awesome.

Wednesday, September 5, 2001 3:47 PM
i went in july and it had an on ride photo and the longest wait i had was none . I think te best coaster there is Flitzer! I hate the vekoma's!!
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 3:57 PM
It's been three years since I last visited Wildwood, and I am really starting to miss it.  Seeing that it opened April 7th this year, I might open my 2002 season with a 2-3 day visit. :)
Joe Cernelli
Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
Thursday, September 6, 2001 2:08 PM
The flitzer was good, but its not worth that wait. I think the smaller coasters are always mobbed because a lot of young families go to the boardwalk and might be scared away by the bigger coasters. By the way, it took me 10 minutes to get the on-ride photo from Flitzer. It was mobbed with young children, as I guess it gives them a sense of accomplishment.:)
*My Personal Top 10*
1)-Nitro, 2)-S:ROS(sfne), 3)-Kraken, 4)-Alpengeist, 5)-Incredible Hulk
Saturday, September 8, 2001 11:47 AM
The Flitzer seems to have the longest wait of any coaster in Wildwood, except maybe the Great White on a Saturday night.

You just gotta love the Wildwood boardwalk, its really unlike anything else out there!


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