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Re: Photo TRs: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby coneyislandchris » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:26 am

boldikus wrote:Also, per request:
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They're just simple flat ones, but its something. I've been after a Toro magnet for ages.

It's... it's beautiful

I need it. :)

Were these the only two coaster magnets they had? I wouldn't say no to a Nitro one.

Also, I have informed the wife that the next time she comes to the park with us, I'm buying her one of those big honkin' frozen margaritas from the SkyBar. She's earned it after braving the intensity of Skull Mountain last time.
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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby boldikus » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:18 am

So, the last couple of years my go-to magnet spot has been Coasters & Candy, that shop that you can get in and out of Safari Discoveries through, right across from Toros turnaround. However, we peeked in there and I didn't find any. I didn't look in the ride stores, except Justice League, but didn't see any magnets there, not that I would have wanted one unless it was super cool or something. Anyways, I found these at Main Street Market and I don't recall seeing any Nitro, but I got excited when I found the Toro one and didn't look too hard after - the Ka one was right next to it. If you can't find them, you could always show someone this picture and maybe they have it in a box somewhere?

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby boldikus » Tue May 22, 2018 8:48 am

So as promised I made it down to Wildwood this weekend but thanks to the weather it turned out to be a bit of a partial bust, but yall know me, I still managed to have a good time and it felt great to be back at my home away from home. The missus had some personal things to attend to at home so I headed down alone late Friday on the local NJ Transit nightbus that take 8 years and stops in every backwoods sh*t South Jersey town imaginable. I slept most of the way so it was like time travel, don't you love that?

If you're just joining us, I grew up in Philly, but my folks sold the house almost 15 years ago and retired to the Jersey Shore. It's always great to have a place to crash there, and I do often make off season and mid winter visits, but since we had holidays up in my neck of the woods, I hadn't been anywhere near the Atlantic Ocean since last fall.

Walking from the bus to the house I knew the island was a ghost town, the forecast no doubt keeping the weekend shoobies away. The forecast for the weekend was rain rain rain but as both my mom and dad were out of town for Mothers Day, this was a trip partly to make up for not seeing her. I got in around midnight, and my mom and the dog were up waiting so we got caught up for a bit before both turning in. I was secretly hoping the weatherdudes had it all wrong and I'd be able to ride some stuff on Saturday.

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I woke up at 8:30, much later than usual for me, to a steady, miserable rain, but was welcomed by fresh coffee, a freshly baked coffee cake and my mom totally sucked into the royal wedding proceedings, naturally.

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Once my dad and the dog got up, thanks to my nagging to get out of the house, we all showered and headed over to check out Wildwoods just opened brewery/pub/restaurant, Mudhen Brewing Co.

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They've only been open for a week but the owners already operate a few of my favorite existing spots on the island (like the Dog Tooth), not to mention I've been hearing nothing but great things, including from my folks who visited on opening weekend and loved it, though they cautioned it was mobbed.

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Outdoor seating, firepits and cornhole.

With the rain keeping anyone from enjoying the beach or amusement piers, we worried we might hit a crowd so we aimed for the 11am opening, and easily got a seat at the bar.

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Seating and another bar upstairs

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What's on tap

We started with a round of drinks - my dad enjoying a Honey Beach Wheat, and my mom and I testing out some of their funky bloodys.

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Nice view of the tanks from the bar

Our bartender (Shawn?) was attentive, helpful, and non-intrusive, aka the best kind of bartender. Shout out to Shawn.

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Cocktails

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Funky Bloodys

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Mom's Bourbon Bloody (left) and my Bloody Hot. They were both spicy.

The Bloody Hot was delicious, with some sweet and spicy and fairly stiff with ample tequila.

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Grub

Before long we were ready for some grub and everything sounded so good. I was craving seafood but also BBQ (because I always am). After much deliberation I decided to try the BBQ Meat Lovers Mac & Cheese. Yes, I know what you are thinking. Not exactly a balanced breakfast but it sounded so good.

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Holy cheese, Batman.

When the food first came out, I thought - should've have gotten seafood, I don't want this. But then I started to dig into it. It was bascially a layer of mac & cheese topped with a layer of pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken topped with another layer of mac & cheese and a spritz of tangy BBQ sauce on top. Good god. I do want this.

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Dad Instagrams his Shrimp Po-Boy. He liked the sandwich, but disliked the (fresh made) chips.

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Mom got the Green Eggs & Ham, which was phenomenal. Smoked ham, pesto, bread crumbs and fried egg.

While I ate my mountain of food nice and slow, I ran out of mary and decided to try the Ironbound cider. I thought it was absolutely fantastic, and perfectly balanced - on the dry side but a nice hint of sweet. While we ate the sun peaked out a few times before the rain would start up again so we were in no rush to leave. So I kept drinking.

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Holly Beach Wheat, Rising Tides, 1883, and Cackling Coot
(Oh and btw - they gave us free beer koozies!)

I tried a flight so I could sample a bunch of what they had to offer on tap. I'm not a big IPA drinker but I thought the Rising Tides was very good, and the 1883 was just OK. I loved the Holly Beach Wheat (I'm a wheat fan) and found the Cackling Coot to be phenomenal.

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The bottle caps on the board are a nice touch.

Overall I loved the place. That its within 5 blocks stumbling distance to my folks house is even better. I'm sure it'll get mobbed during the summer but they'll be open all year round so it's certainly going to be my off-season hang out.

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Back to the house and the sun was peaking out by now. I couldn't pass up a chance so I asked if either of them cared enough to stroll the boards so I could at least process my season pass and maybe hit a ride or two.

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One block from the boardwalk on a mid-May Saturday. Rain kept them all away.

Neither showed any interest so I quickly walked up and found a mostly deserted boardwalk, then noticed some rides moving in the distance down on Mariners Pier.

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Mariners

If you're not familiar with Moreys, they have three piers but they have staggered opening and closing dates every season - Mariners (the central pier) opens first and closes last - the northern pier (Surfside) and the southern pier (Adventure) close earlier and open later.

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Adventure Pier

They had originally (according to their calendar) scheduled to have Surfside up and running by May 5th, and Adventure operating starting today (May 19th), but with the low crowds and spotty weather, they had already announced only Mariners would open, and only from 12-5. Boooo.

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Moreys got new LED billboards. Naturally they are promoting the all new Wild Whizzer. Watch the tram car please.

Many of the stores along the boardwalk were also closed, with a fair amount of getting-ready-for-the-season work still being done, not unusual, and something I expect to see in mid-May. I noted both of Macks locations were open and the Boardwalk Mall was also open, but didn't really look it? I passed it and headed down onto Mariners, and immediately came upon the new spinner currently being installed, Wild Whizzer.

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Still need to install signage and conduct testing, so I won't be riding today. Looks great though!

I hate spinning coasters, and while I haven't ridden one of these, I'll give it at least one shot on an empty stomach and hope for the best. Unfortunately, it was still not open, but it fits in perfectly and who among us is disappointed by any new (albeit small) coaster?

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The crowds on the pier were light so I couldn't fault Moreys for not opening more. I headed right to guest services to redeem my voucher and get my card for the season, and grabbed a wristband, even though at that point I still wasn't sure I felt like riding anything. Upon stepping back out I looked up at the elevated Waveswinger and noticed it was loading. I quickly stashed my hat and glasses in my zippered pockets and darted up the steps.

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Peeking over at the Whizzer from the Waveswinger

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Peeking from behind Moby Dick at the Whizzer. Oh man.

Its not a particularly intense wave swinger, but being elevated over the beach you feel pretty high up and it gives great views of the beach, pier, and ocean, and they run a very long cycle, especially on a dead day like today. If you visit, don't skip this ride. Even if you're not particularly a fan of these rides. I'm not really, but this is a very good ride.

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Across to the Great White, which should've opened today. No signs of activity. :/

I wandered around the back of the pier taking a few shots of the new Wilhelm Biergarten they've installed under Sea Serpents lift supports. There had been food stands and tables here, but now its blocked off by planters, and had a bar w/ taps, and ledges for beers built around the planters in the center.

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Waltzer has been moved to in front of Rollies, and Can Am has new stairs.

They didn't do much to modify what was there, but it feels more secluded and we all know how I feel about having more places to enjoy an adult beverage. All my life we never had booze on the boardwalk but Moreys is really doing it right. If I was with friends I would have stopped to grab a beer but I felt like walking.

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Walking right onto the Sea Serpent that is. The only large coaster running, and yes its a boomerang but at least its a good one. It was so dead I wasn't even sure it was running because I hadn't seen a train cycle in a while. Turns out they were just waiting for more riders to show up. I sat in the front of the second to last car, since the back car was taken by a group of teens, we waited 2 minutes for a few more riders to file in the rows in front of me before they started checking restraints.

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The view of the pier, and the island, going up the lift is always spectacular and before I knew I heard the all familiar hiss from the station below and we were barreling toward the boardwalk. Honest-to-god - and I've ridden this coaster hundreds of times - I had one of the best rides ever.

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Just floating around that course - butter smooth, and soaring through the elements with zero headbanging. Even the jolt as we attached to the second lift was painless. Maybe it was all the alcohol earlier or what but it was so, so good. I almost walked around for a second ride but had a feeling I'd sit waiting for a while before they sent a train.

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One last peek at the Whizzer.

I wandered a bit more around the front of the pier, checking out the overpriced arcade at the front of the pier, when I decided it had been entirely too long since I've satisfied my unending lust for the best pizza on the boardwalk.

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The iconic Coca-Cola sign has been refurbished and rehung.

To be honest I wasn't even particularly hungry after the crazy heavy brunch we had, but I had done enough walking by now I could squeeze in a slice.

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It wasn't the best slice of Macks Ive had but it hit the spot. By the time I ordered and had my slice, it had started to drizzle so I found a covered bench nearby and slowly enjoyed my slice and people watched for a while, occasionally glancing down at Surfside Pier in disappointment. I get why they had limited operations but it still stings.

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Surfside off in the distance. Never walked down there.

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Once the rain stopped I decided to head back home, but made a few stops on the way, looking for cheap sunglasses (no such luck) and popped into the Boardwalk Mall, which was just weird.

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Yes, Randy the weirdo vintage game hoarder and his retro arcade is gone. The old carpet throughout is gone. There's new carpet! (Why would they install carpet in a building next to an ocean I don't know but OK) A half dozen of the old tenants (the sports shop on the front right, the poster/t-shirt shop next to it, the sunglasses store across from it, etc) are all still there, and the rest of the booths are empty. But they all have new carpet, so errrr... that's a start?

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Apparently a new "two floor arcade" is going on the top floor but it does not sound like Randy will have anything to do with it, so don't expect it to be anything but more of what you get at all of the other boardwalk arcades. They're also doing major structural work to the exterior walls on the street side and replacing the ramp leading up to the boardwalk on that side.

I walked back to my folks and just beat a band of heavy, soaking rain that lasted for a few hours. Wound up napping and then we had dinner, watched some TV (including making them watch Michelle Wolf set from the WH Correspondents dinner that had the three of us in stitches), tossed around the idea of going over to their corner hole-in-the-wall Ship N Shore, but ultimately all passed out early.

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Sunday I woke up early to a gorgeous, sunny morning and went right out for a bike ride along the boardwalk and to run some errands - Dad needed the Sunday morning paper, some half-n-half. So a stop at Wawa, and then a nice slow roll along the boards.

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I decided to see if Fractured Prune was open so I could snag a half dozen of their insane donut creations. Lucky me! Not only were they open, but there was no line.

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I had to balance them on the bike handlebars the entire 2 mile ride back. I didn't really think this through.

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Yeah they look messy, but they're fresh and hot, made to order, and trust me, they are incredible. Clockwise: Pebble Beach, French Toast, Peanut Butter Cup, Black Forest Blueberry Hill, Peppermint Patty

The sunny morning had me in good spirits, and I texted the missus I might stay if Moreys opened up either of the other two piers. Dad made a huge breakfast while I hawked Moreys page until 11am when they announced they'd only be opening Mariners for the afternoon. Super bummer.

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After a really nice little getaway, I decided to catch the next bus back to Philly since I didn't want to ride anything else on Mariners, I got my Macks fix, and my season pass sorted. Planning on heading back in a couple weekends when the weather is better and things are running. Since my visit, Moreys has installed the signage on Whizzer and started testing, I'm certain they are aiming to open it for what should be a nice(r) Memorial Day weekend.

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby coasterbill » Tue May 22, 2018 9:21 am

Great report! That's a shame about Surfside though. Mariners is okay, but Surfside is where it's at.

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue May 22, 2018 1:14 pm

I don't know what you're talking about, that BBQ mac and cheese looks perfectly balanced to me. It's right in the middle of the plate. :p

Bottlecaps are a cool idea. Haven't seen anyone else do that. The only thing I don't like about flights is it's hard to remember what you ordered, because beer.

Your Mudhen review almost makes me wish I had waited a year to go to Wildwood. Almost. That town is way cooler than it has any right to be. It's like Branson with a beach.

It'd be nice if they opened Surfside earlier. IT, Noreaster, flume, Dante-- you're losing half the good stuff without it. Oh well, at least Mariners has sh*tty swan boats.
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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue May 22, 2018 2:16 pm

Great report! I definitely need to expand my horizons at Wildwood and try something other than pizza.
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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby boldikus » Wed May 23, 2018 3:56 am

^ You do! I'm going to make it a point to showcase as much random Wildwood food as possible in this report this summer.

coasterbill wrote:Great report! That's a shame about Surfside though. Mariners is okay, but Surfside is where it's at.

Agreed. Especially when I'm alone - there's a bunch of stuff on Surfside I'll do alone - Nor'easter, IT, Atmosfear, Flitzer, Kong, Kangabounce. But on Mariners I literally can't do the Giant Wheel or Pirates of Wildwood alone, and other than the waveswinger and Sea Serpent there isn't anything I really want to do by myself. I thought about hitting Can Am but it didn't seem to be open. We haven't had you guys do those go-carts yet, huh? We gotta do that this year, they're good.

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:I don't know what you're talking about, that BBQ mac and cheese looks perfectly balanced to me. It's right in the middle of the plate. :p

:lol: :lol: Yeah I had a moment of hesitation but I am so glad I got that. Amazing.

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Your Mudhen review almost makes me wish I had waited a year to go to Wildwood. Almost. That town is way cooler than it has any right to be. It's like Branson with a beach.

Well, wait a few years and come back w/ the family. Maybe we'll have a newer big coaster by then. And if not, you'll have a new spinner to ride. :lol:

Also, not my photo but courtesy of Samuel in the Moreys FB group - Whizzer looks to be ready for Memorial Day. I'll get back in a few weekends to have myself a ride.

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Wed May 23, 2018 4:07 pm

boldikus wrote:
ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Your Mudhen review almost makes me wish I had waited a year to go to Wildwood. Almost. That town is way cooler than it has any right to be. It's like Branson with a beach.

Well, wait a few years and come back w/ the family. Maybe we'll have a newer big coaster by then. And if not, you'll have a new spinner to ride. :lol:

Yeah, my trip was built around Knoebels, and of course Hershey and Great Adventure were a must. I kind of threw on Moreys as a "while I'm here" kind of thing. It was much more than that, and I totally get why people come back year after year. It's awesome in a very low key way. Maybe I overvalue seaside locations since I live in the mountains in the middle of the continent, but I don't think so. Moreys is legit great.

I kind of expected it to be a once and done sort of place, but I really think I will be back. It's a long way and expensive plane tickets, so we'll go to Orlando first, but we probably will all get back to Wildwood at some point. Gotta take everyone to Hershey and Knoebels anyway, those places are too good not to share.
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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu May 24, 2018 5:02 pm

Nice report! Sounds like a relaxing weekend. Echoing the bottle cap is a good idea. I assume other breweries don't do it because they don't/can't bottle what's on tap in the brewhouse.

Edit: wow, I think that's the kindest write up of a boomerang on TPR :p
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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby boldikus » Mon May 28, 2018 6:12 am

^ Haha relax, now. In retrospect I'm pretty sure it was just the day drinking.

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Yeah, my trip was built around Knoebels, and of course Hershey and Great Adventure were a must. I kind of threw on Moreys as a "while I'm here" kind of thing. It was much more than that, and I totally get why people come back year after year. It's awesome in a very low key way. Maybe I overvalue seaside locations since I live in the mountains in the middle of the continent, but I don't think so. Moreys is legit great.

I kind of expected it to be a once and done sort of place, but I really think I will be back. It's a long way and expensive plane tickets, so we'll go to Orlando first, but we probably will all get back to Wildwood at some point. Gotta take everyone to Hershey and Knoebels anyway, those places are too good not to share.


I'm happy the place made such an impression on you, especially in light of the impression we must have made on you. :lol:

But yeah - sounds like a family vacation in Wildwood is in your future!

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