Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2002 7:33 PM | Contributed by Rob Ascough
Dracula's Castle, a landmark dark ride/haunted house on the Wildwood boardwalk for decades, was reported to have caught fire this morning. No details have been released at this time.
I honestly doubt if it will be rebuilt... at least in its original form. While a "Classic", it was very low tech compared to what is out there today. Unfortunately, there is some thing captivating about that low tech that makes it quite irreplacable. I read somewhere that this was one of 3 practically identical "castles" that were along the Jersey Shore. One was "Briganteen Castle" (never visited this one, but I remember seeing commercials for it back in the 1970's on Channels 17 and 48 out of Philadelphia), and I am not sure where the other was. The other two are now gone, and now it looks as though Dracula's Castle has joined them on the list of "lost" dark rides / attractions.
My wife visited the castle and took the dungeon boat ride this past summer. I liked the boat ride much more than the castle. Not sure how it originally was, but this past year it was a "guided tour" of a few rooms with a very lame story line... not what I would consider scary in the least. However, the dungeon boat ride was very very creepy and macabre.
Ahhh, memories.... :)
Brigantine Castle was in Brigantine NJ and was not a clone. Brigantine was a huge walk through haunted house. It really looked like a castle- like it belonged on the windswept coast. I've always loved haunted houses and went there when I was about 11 or 12. Scared the beejesus out of me.
Never saw Brigantine... only remember the old TV comercials and reading an "article" on the Web (either laff in the dark or the dark ride enthusiast site) that stated Dracula's Castle was one of three identical attractions along the Jersey shore.
Guess the article I read was wrong Or I remembered it wrong. Finding a web site on Brigantine http://halrappaport.tripod.com/article1.html and looking at pictures of Brignatine, you're right, it was huge in comparrison to Dracula's Castle. The lower "stone" portion of Brigantine looks acutally comparable in size to Dracula's Castle. One interesting thing that the article said... some of the old props from Brigantine could be found in Dracula's Castle.
"I wasn't always this cynical, but then I started kindergarden..."
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The Morey's staff then began to throw water on the front of Mariners Landing, as the wind was blowing heavily towards them. If it had crossed the boardwalk, the main offices would have been destroyed. The Moreys kept the surrounding area pretty soaked to keep the fire from spreading.
There is another one out there on a web site somewhere with pics of several dark rides (including Dracula's Castle... and the apparently mistatement about it being a "sister" to Brigantine Castle), but I searched yesterday and could not find it again.
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Matt's Homepage for la jolie fille de France et le gâteau de Marie:
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