Wednesday, December 29, 2004 9:19 AM
Seems that the yearly rumors are finally coming true- the City Jet coaster on Gillian's Wonderland Pier (Ocean City, NJ) is being removed to make way for a new coaster. This is a sad development since there are practically no Schwarzkopf coasters left on the Jersey Shore! Once upon a time not too long ago, there was a Jumbo Jet in Wildwood, a Wildcat in Atlantic City and Jet Stars in Wildwood and Seaside Heights. Worse yet, the last remaining Jersey Shore Schwarzkopf- the Keansburg Wildcat- was down most of 2004 and could be replaced for the 2005 season if the rumors are indeed true. Take into account that one of the shore's three Zierer Flitzers- the one at Point Pleasant- is leaving, and you are looking at a pretty dismal situation. The Jersey Shore was once known for having tons of great little steel coasters!
Let's hope the City Jet turns up somewhere else in the country, as it was the last of it's kind in North America.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 10:46 AM
Then it was a good thing this past August that I got so fed up and disgusted with SF Great Adventure (the over all state of the park, closed rides and poor operations) and decided to cut my day short there so I could head to Ocean City and catch a few rides (grab a few credits) for the coasters there.
First "big" coaster (i.e. non kiddie) that I ever rode was Glissade at Busch Gardens: The Old Country (how long has it been since it used THAT name?). I also remember riding a Schwarzkopf Jet model on the Ocean City Pier back in the late 1970's / early 1980's.
It was kind of neet to find the City Jet at Gillian's. While a little different than its bigger cousins mentioned above, it was still a fun ride... very forceful in those banked turns. And what great "bob sled" style cars / trains.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 11:13 AM
The City Jet was pretty much a smaller Jet Star II/Jumbo Jet- not nearly as intense but a hell of a lot better than pretty much anything made by Pinfari. I know that Wildwood's old Fun Pier (now Wild Wheels) had a Schwarzkopf (I think it was a Jet Star II) before it burned down in the early 80s and don't forget that nearby Coney Island had a Jumbo Jet until a few years ago.
A shame most of those cool rides are going down south or back overseas.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 12:55 PM
What a shame, great ride, I love Swarzkopf's....Knoebels...please???
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 1:56 PM
That's be nice but don't forget that they got rid of a Schwarzkopf to make room for Whirlwind back in the early 90's. Their Jet Star went to Morey's Pier, which then went to France a few years ago.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 2:00 PM
Any idea of what the new coaster will be?
It can't have a very large foot print and parks are going crazy here late installing wild mice and crazy (spinning) mice. One of these seem like likely candidtates. However... with the fatal accident on the "Wild Wonder" (wild mouse) at Gillians in 1999 that saw that coaster removed (and is now running I believe at Magic Springs in Arkansas), I wonder if they would be to interested in a mouse again... or has the "public perception" of that accident died down enough over these past 6 years?
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 2:01 PM
I have no idea what an L&T family coaster is but I'm expecting it to be larger than Casino Pier's Hot Tamale coaster! Be interesting if they went with another mouse, considering that the pier's first go at a mouse led to disaster...
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 2:13 PM
I just checked RCDB...
"L&T Systems Compact Coaster 34x18 with final spiral curve"
Area 112' x 59' / Length 918' / Height 42' / speed 31.3 mph
Checking L&T website I find.... Nothing.
They have a few models listed, but nothing that matches to a Compact Coaster 34x18.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 3:16 PM
Sounds like a ride very much like the City Jet (dimension-wise), which leads me to believe that the City Jet isn't in good shape? If that's the case, I wonder why they got new trains for it a few years back?
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 4:06 PM
A few years back?
According to RCDB, it was for the 2004 season.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 4:27 PM
I guess it was 2004. I thought it happened a few years ago.