So this coaster is finally going to happen? Awesome! I've been drooling over the concept art since day one!
I agree with others; Wildwoody sounds kind of gaudy. Boardwalk Flyer does indeed have that classic sound to it and, to me at least, connotes that timeless feel of summertime at the boardwalk. I suppose, if anything, it pays homage to the John Allen/PTC Flyer that came down in the 1980s.
I'm so very much looking forward to the new coaster opening. It's been 15 years since Great White opened. This new ride looks wonderful, and you can't go wrong with GCI.
But I'm holding out hope for 2012. Speaking about the new 'it' ride this year, and this is from the horse's mouth...
A few summers ago, the Moreys decided they needed to pep up Surfside Pier, their property at 26th Street and the boardwalk. The place has a "personality" that Morey says leans toward "seaside carnival, you know, sort of still wanting to be tacky and proud of it."
He started to formulate ideas for the new long-armed attraction.
He wanted it loud, with bright lights. He wanted it tall. (The ride's moving parts swing and hurl riders six stories into the air.) And he wanted it to have a relatively small footprint to preserve space for an $11 million wooden rollercoaster coming to the park next summer, Morey said.
This is where I brag about how many roller coasters I've ridden because it shows how much I know about them. This is where I list the number of steel coasters I've ridden, which is inflated with kiddie coasters, so that my count looks higher.
According to an article on MSN, an 11 year-old girl fell from the Ferris Wheel and died. Not many details available yet.
WILDWOOD, N.J. — A young girl on a school trip died Friday after falling about 100 feet from a moving Ferris wheel at New Jersey's Wildwood boardwalk.
The 11-year-old fell about 12:30 p.m. and was brought by helicopter to a nearby hospital, where she died, Capt. Lynn Frane of the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office said.
Police say Abiah Jones of Pleasantville was with her classmates from Pleasant Tech Academy when she fell from the ride at 12:30 p.m.
She fell from the upper half of the ride while it was in motion, Wildwood Police Capt. Robert Regalbuto told The Press of Atlantic City. Regalbuto estimated the height was about 100 feet.
The Ferris wheel is among rides at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier. The newspaper reported the popular amusement park was heavily attended by children during the pier's annual Education Extravaganza — a day the park is open and marketed for school students and teachers.
There was no sign that it was an intentional jump or horseplay, according to NBC 10 in Philadelphia. Police described it as a freak accident.
Morey's said in a statement the cause was being investigated.
Both Morey's and police said the problem did not appear to be mechanical. Police took photographs of various passenger carts on the Ferris wheel, part of which was covered in white sheets, and were looking for witnesses to the fall.
Meanwhile, the Ferris wheel and a few others were closed, while the rest of the sprawling park remained open.
Morey said in the statement, "The Morey staff and family offer our thoughts and prayers to the family."
The wheel, 156 feet tall, is one of the largest Ferris wheels on the East Coast.
That Wheel is a Vekoma (same type that's at Kentucky Kingdom, navy Pier and Darien Lake) There is no way you can fall out of it as you have to either climb over the bars, or open and unlatch the doors.
Not to speculate, but I wonder if it may be ruled as a suicide due to peer pressure, kids can get mean at age 11.
John Peck wrote:Not to speculate, but I wonder if it may be ruled as a suicide due to peer pressure, kids can get mean at age 11.
"There was no sign that it was an intentional jump or horseplay, according to NBC 10 in Philadelphia. Police described it as a freak accident."
Morey's released that there was no mechanical problems found. I visit Morey's annually and you really have to try to get out of that ride if you wanted to but, at the same time it is possible, just like any ferris wheel.
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