Morey's Piers facts for kids
|Location||3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood & North Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Owner||Wilbert Morey II, Jack Morey|
|Previous names||Wilbert Morey, Bill Morey|
|Operating season||April – October|
Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks is a classic seaside amusement park located on The Wildwoods' boardwalk in Wildwood and North Wildwood, New Jersey. The park has been family owned and operated since 1969 and is currently run by 2nd generation Morey Brothers, Will and Jack. Morey’s Piers has more than 100 rides and attractions across its three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks.
- Rides and Attractions
Surfside Pier is located at 26th Street in North Wildwood. It was the first of the three piers, opening in 1969 with a giant fiberglass slide that cost 25 cents to ride. The slide was closed at the end of the 2010 season and refurbished as a waterslide at the pier's water park. Surfside Pier includes the Zoom Phloom, AtmosFEAR, The Great Nor'easter, and Runaway Tram.
Mariner's Pier, located at Schellenger Avenue in Wildwood, is like a traditional amusement park, with classics like the Super Scooters, Teacups, Musik Express, Ignis Fatuus, Sea Serpent and the Giant Wheel, a 156-foot (47.5 m)
tall Ferris wheel built by Vekoma, which opened in 1985. In the early mornings of the summer, breakfast can be eaten on the wheel. In June 2011, 11-year-old Abiah Jones died after falling from the Giant Wheel. Since then, a "no single riders" policy was created for when guests ride the ferris wheel to ensure the safety of the guests.
Adventure Pier, located at Spencer Avenue, includes Grand Prix Raceway and the famous wooden coaster The Great White, the Skyscraper ride, a The Spring Shot ride, a Screamin' Swing, a Skycoaster, a maze, helicopter tours, and a boat tag game.
Ocean Oasis Water Park + Beach Club
Ocean Oasis Water Park + Beach Club is on the beach behind Surfside Pier. It includes water slides, a lazy river, a hot tub with bar access and a kids area.
Raging Waters Water Park
Behind Mariner’s Landing is Raging Waters Water Park. It includes two unique kiddie play areas at Shipwreck Shoals and Camp KidTastrophe along with speed slides, a lazy river, Shotgun Falls and an activity pool full of challenges.
In 1969, Bill and Will Morey Sr. purchased two lots of boardwalk in North Wildwood at 25th and 26th streets. They called it Morey's Pier and opened that summer with a giant fiberglass slide called the Wipe Out. Guests paid 25 cents to slide down the ride in burlap sacks.
The Moreys extended their operation in 1976 when they purchased Marine Pier and renamed it Mariner’s Landing. At the time of purchase, the pier was fire-damaged and seven of the existing 12 rides on the pier had to be thrown away. However, the pier kept growing. In 1984, the Moreys purchased the Sea Serpent roller coaster.
Raging Waters and Ocean Oasis Waterparks
In 1985, waterslides were installed on Mariner’s Landing and called Raging Waters waterpark. The waterpark opened a day early due to the ocean pollution. The project was masterminded by designer and architect Fred Langford. A second Raging Waters was built on Surfside Pier in 1988. This park was overhauled and relaunched as Ocean Oasis Water Park & Beach Club in 2006 and features Bonsai Beach, Endless River and various new waterslides.
Fun Pier was purchased and renamed Wild Wheels. The Morey's described it as an "interactive amusement center" with active participation by customers. This pier was later relaunched as Adventure Pier and became home to The Great White, the Skyscraper ride, a The Spring Shot ride, a Screamin' Swing, a Skycoaster, a maze, a boat tag game, batting cages, and the Grand Prix Raceway. In 2020, Morey's announced a Gateway project that includes the Removal of Boat tag, The existing Kohr Brother's Custard Stand, and The old "SkyRide" station. In the place of these structures, Multiple recycled shipping containers will be retrofitted and home to multiple new eating establishments, including a Curley's Fries and a new Kohr brothers building. No dates were given, but it is expected to be completed in 2021 or 2022
The Old Hunt's Pier
Hunt's Pier was also eventually purchased for more rides and attractions. Hunt's Pier went defunct in 1990 and was then used for maintenance, storage, and tram-car parking. The Golden Nugget remained on Hunt's Pier until 2008 when it was purchased by Knoebels' Amusement Resort and restored in their park as the Black Diamond. As of 2021, no announcements have been made to add any attractions, and the pier is instead home to various shopping and Eating establishments, a maintenance and storage facility, and a "Ripley's believe it or not" themed Mirror maze
Rides and Attractions
|Balloon Race||Zamperla||Balloon Race|
Unknown (Mariner's Landing)
|Cygnus X-1||2008||Wisdom Ind.||Gravitron|
|Dante's Dungeon||2005||Bertazzon||Dark Ride|
1998 (Adventure Pier)
|Zamperla||Zig Zag Coaster|
|The Great Nor'easter||1995||Vekoma||SLC|
|Jump Around||2005||Zamperla||Jump Around|
|Happy Feet||2012||Zamperla||Happy Swing|
|Kang'A Bounce||2012||Zamperla||Removed for the 2015 season, before returning in 2016|
|Magic Bikes||2008||Zamperla||Magic Bikes|
|Rock and Roll||2001||Bertazzon|
|Rockin' Tug||2004||Zamperla||Rockin' Tug|
|Tiny Tea Party||S&W Amusements|
|Zoom Phloom||1985||Hopkins||Log Flume|
|Baby Venice||SBF Visa Group|
|Balloon Race||Zamperla||Balloon Wheel|
|Crazy Bus||Zamperla||Crazy Bus|
|Ghost Ship||2010||Morey's Piers||Walkthrough|
|Hangry Seagull||Zamperla||Jumpin' Star|
|Kite Flyer||2002||Zamperla||Kite Flyer|
|Moby Dick||2000||Wisdom Ind.||Genesis|
|Musik Express||Bertazzon||Musik Express|
|Pirates of the Wildwoods||2004||Reverchon Ind.||Dark Ride|
|Pink Elephants||Venture Rides|
|Riptide||2012||Chance Rides||Pharaoh's Fury|
|Sea Serpent||1984||Vekoma||Boomerang||The first Vekoma Boomerang in the United States|
|Sunny's Lookout Lighthouse||2005||Heege|
|Super Scooters||2009||Bertazzon||Bumper Cars|
|Tea Cups||MACK Rides||TeaCup Ride|
|Wild Whizzer||2018||SBF Visa Group||Spinning Coaster|
|East Coast Helicopter Tours||2014|
|Grand Prix Raceway||1993||Creative Karts|
|Great White||1996||Custom Coasters Inc.||Wooden Coaster|
|Luna's Lost Labyrinth||2016||Minotaur Adventures|
|Screamin' Swing||2005||S&S Power||Screamin' Swing|
2000 (Surfside Pier)
|Carousel (Adventure Pier)||2015||Chance Rides||28-Foot Carousel|
|City Jet||1975||1984||Schwartzkoph||City Jet|
|Condor||1988||2011||Huss||Condor||Replaced by KONG|
|Curse of the Mummy 3D|
|Flitzer||1983||2018||Zierer||Flitzer||Replaced by Runaway Tram|
|Can Am Raceway||1993||2018||Creative Karts|
|Dark River||Dark Ride||Replaced by the Pirates of Wildwood|
|Gravitron||1983||2007||Wisdom Ind.||Gravitron||The first Gravitron ride ever built, replaced by Cygnus X-1|
|Jersey Junkyard||1996||2011||Dark Ride|
|Jet Star||1973||1999||Schwarzkopf||Jet Star|
|Jumbo Jet||1975||1987||Schwarzkopf||Jet Star 3|
|Sea Dragon||2011||Pirate Ship||Replaced by Riptide|
|Seal Flume||1990||2008||Zamperla||North Pole||Destroyed in the 2008 Mariner's Landing fire|
|Shark Bite (Surfside Pier)||1999||2018||Zamperla||Pounce and Bounce|
|Shark Bite (Adventure Pier)||2013||S&S Power|
|SkyCoaster (Surfside Pier)||2015||Skycoaster Inc.||Skycoaster||Replaced by the Kang'A Bounce|
|Star Trek: Journey to the Planet of the Apes||1975|
|The Storm||1999||Moser||Super Loop on Top|
|Tilt-A-Whirl (Adventure Pier)||2011||Sellner|
|Wave Swinger (Original)||1977||2013||Replaced by an upgraded version of the same ride in 2014|
|Wild Mouse||1957||1966-1968||B.A. Schiff & Associates||Wild Mouse|
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