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Photo TR: Ocean City, Maryland Parks 2019

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:30 pm
by CenturyFlyer
I’ve always loved the Ocean City, Maryland amusement parks. Childhood memories probably have a lot to do with that, but I’ve come to appreciate the stellar collection of Wacky Worms in a whole different way as a coaster enthusiast over the years. ;) I haven’t been to any other boardwalk parks, so I have nothing to really compare to, but the Ocean City parks seem to be pretty good for what they are. I mean, there’s no major roller coasters that are actually any good, but there’s different stuff to enjoy here, like the excellent darkrides and carousel at Trimper’s Rides…. but I’m getting ahead of myself.

This will be a multiple part series covering the following parks:
Jolly Roger (at 30th St.)
Trimper’s Rides
Jolly Roger at the Pier
Frontier Town
Funland (Rehoboth Beach)

Enjoy the pictures and comments!

Ocean City, Maryland is a pretty family-oriented vacation spot, so there’s a lot of amusements (kooky mini-golf, etc.) to appeal to everyone. But the real fun for me has long been in the amusement parks. I’ve never really been a “beach person,” so I would always look forward to the one or two nights when my family would hit up the parks. One that we would always spend a good chunk of time at was the Jolly Roger park at 30th Street, which is a park with mostly temporary rides that has been around for about a half-century. The highlights are a Schwarzkopf Wildcat that has been to both Cedar Point and Valleyfair, as well as the Flitzer that used to be on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. There’s also a train ride and two kiddie coasters. Adjacent is a water park and a whole separate go-kart park, too. On one of the first days of my family vacation, however, I just wanted to get in, get the new Flitzer credit, and get out, as I wasn’t sure how much park time I had; I would rather be at Trimper’s, anyway. Later in the week, I did get a chance to back and take some pictures, though. At the end of the boardwalk, there’s another park named Jolly Roger that sits out on a pier. I’ll be showing some pics of it later, but there’s another, better park at the boardwalk's end, Trimper’s Rides, which will be part two of this report.

Trimper's Rides 2019

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:35 pm
by CenturyFlyer
Trimper’s was founded in 1893 as a simple seaside hotel and has grown into a very interesting boardwalk park over the years. (Fun fact: it’s still owned by people with the Trimper name, making it the “oldest family-owned amusement park in America.” Pretty cool!) After getting off the bus that runs down OC’s Coastal Highway for my quickie visit to Jolly Roger, I got back on to ride to the end of the boardwalk and do the afternoon Trimper's wristband. At $28, it’s not cheap or overly expensive. It’s a good value for what it is, though; individual tickets cost $0.75 each normally, which sounds cheap… until you realize that rides cost 5 or 6 tickets on average, with the Boomerang taking 10. Not the best, not the worst. (For “best” pricing, we’ll be visiting Funland in Rehoboth Beach later…)

Trimper's - the carousel building and everything else!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:27 pm
by CenturyFlyer
Enjoy the continuation of the Trimper's pictures!

Trimper's - the carousel building and everything else!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:28 pm
by CenturyFlyer
Enjoy the continuation of the Trimper's pictures!

Trimper's - the carousel building and everything else!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:29 pm
by CenturyFlyer
Enjoy the continuation of the Trimper's pictures!

Re: Photo TR: Ocean City, Maryland Parks 2019

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:41 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Wow, Ocean City looks so cool! I had heard of it but didn't really know what it was all about. You've sold me on it. One of these days I'm going to Busch Gardens, and I think Ocean City will be worth swinging by.

Re: Photo TR: Ocean City, Maryland Parks 2019

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:42 pm
by Nrthwnd
^^ First, I hope nobody gets ....uh...."hooked" by that metal piece (hand?)
in the Pirate Bench, there? Second, any park with a Rock-O-Plane is A-Okay in my books! :smile:

Jolly Roger at the Pier

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:50 pm
by CenturyFlyer
Jolly Roger at the Pier is a small, underwhelming collection of rides on, well, a pier that juts into the ocean. On this visit, I would just be taking a quick look around the park to take a few pictures, as Trimper's is clearly the winner when it comes to the best-quality park in Ocean City. However, this place deserves some exposure.

Ocean City, Maryland Frontier Town... and a Bonus Wacky Worm

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:08 pm
by CenturyFlyer
On the way to Frontier Town, I convinced my dad to stop for a cheap coaster credit – the Wacky Worm at Baja Amusements. Isn’t it awesome that Ocean City has THREE Wacky Worms?

Rehoboth Beach Funland

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:32 pm
by CenturyFlyer
I know this has turned into a mammoth trip report, but I appreciate the kind comments thus far!

Rehoboth Beach’s small Funland amusement park was a place I really wanted to check out, especially after reading a book about it and hearing people rave about its excellent Haunted Mansion darkride. The park is small, covering just about an acre or so, but boy do they pack a lot of punch into what space they have! There are no roller coasters here, but a Paratrooper, Sea Dragon, Zamperla Discovery, an arcade, and a good amount of kiddie rides round the place out nicely. The park is a real, all-American family institution, (90+-year-old family patriarch Al Fasnacht still operates kiddie rides most nights.) and that fact really shows in the place’s pricing: from what I saw, midway games are all $1, and tickets are just $0.40, with the most expensive rides costing only 6 tickets. Two kiddie rides even cost 1 ticket! This seems like a welcome change of pace from most boardwalk parks.