Wow, thanks for the trip report Chad! The park looks unbelievable with all of those lights on. I actually went to see the lights a few years ago and I was in absolute awe to see that many lights on a building.
As a special thank you to everyone who read and supported this thread over 2011, I bring you this special multi-part trip report of the Jersey Shore. Until February, Enjoy!
Ok, so here is the deal-e-o. I will send to someone, gratis, an envelope of crap. How do you get that envelope of crap? Simple. At the end of this three part bonus report tell me how many times I was stalked. All persons with the correct answer will have their name entered into a drawing for the crap. It can't get any easier! Ready? Yes? OK!
Back in July, I think....I arrived a few days ahead of the North East Tour to the safety and comfort of Newark, NJ. Stumbling through an Airport littered with construction and signs to misguide you, I arrived to the overpriced car rental counter where with 2 people ahead of me took no less than 30 minutes to sign the paperwork. Once in the garage a friendly person took us to an 'upgrade' only to stick his hand out wanting a tip. Um yeah, sorry man, I just paid $70 a day for freaking sardine can, I am not going to tip you.
Wanting to get the hell outta there as fast as I could I wasted no time connecting Marcia (Yes, I named my GPS, get over it) and programming in the nearest safe house.
Not 100% confident in this being a safe house.
First credit of the 3.5 day coasterthon! Looks innocent enough.
Oh yes, just the way I like my kiddie coasters, nice and smooth. Just enough speed to give you a rush without pushing you over the edge.
What else is here...meh.
oooooo, I like Himalaya's. Too bad these suck.
Well, I guess this is all that's left worth riding. With the exception of my shadow, no one else was on the ride as the park looked like a ghost town.
Leaving the park it was time to bend over, drop trou, and grab the ankles as the turnpike was ready to take me on a fantastic voyage to SFGAdv.
With the help of excellent directions from Marcia, confusing signs, and a wreck that was so far off the side of the road you could barely see it but still backed up traffic for an hour, I finally arrived at SFGAdv with 1:10 left in the operating day. As per usual King was down, so El Toro, Green Lantern, and Superman it was!
After an exhausting day it was time for a stop at Walmart, Wendy's, a drive thru Princeton, and a night at the Hilton in Princeton. See, when I roll, I roll in style. Night night!
After a few hours of sleep it was time to head out. Looks like CoastinKatie was being transported too.
Worst park and most expensive credit ever! Seriously, this park blows.
Park operations just sucked. It took 15 minutes to load onto this, and while it was ok, I've had better.
So after a hellish entry process and an unimpressive first impression of the park, the idea was to get the credit and get gone.
Hell Cat would turn out to be Hell.
I think the lift was smoothest part. The rest felt like you were being dropped straight down to hell.
Even these kids were like WTF?!?!
It wouldn't be a Chadster trip report without....NERD SHOT!
Their drop tower was a trailer model and was...OK.
But easily the best part of the park, and that's not saying much, is the water park.
Clementon seemed to have staff that didn't care, rides that appeared to be neglected, and clientele that is somewhat suspect at best. The one ride I was looking forward to, their log flume, was closed. Doubt I will return to ride it tho.
Anyway, finished with park 3, on to park 4.
Ahoy mate! come get some of me pirate booty.
He had me at booty.
Nice booty :D
I think she's been ridden hard and put away wet.
Bahhh! My STALKER is back!
From booty to swingers, this park has it all.
Of course if you like to bounce up and down, you can do that too.
Their Double Shot means you shoot out twice, it doesn't mean you shoot out and down. Since it was dead the choice of seats was given, naturally I chose the seat with a view.
And this would be the view.
Time for a stroll down to the next park of the day. I think I need a shower already.
Look, they have swingers down here too!
DO NOT WANT TO FEEL LIKE CAGED BIRD
I have no shame.
See, no shame.
The thing went slow enough that you could get a nice overview of the Pier. Mr. Coaster over there was closed. VERY disappointed. But, this kiddie makes up for it....
But one thing I learned early on, these Piers are expensive!
Meh, it's just hard to find one that will give it to me fast and slow both forwards and backwards. I sure hope those days aren't gone.
I think you could ride stuff in the building for like $1 each which included the carousel.
NO! Don't take the Ring!
Sadly this would be the last time the ring would be seen as moments later it was gone. Poor ring.
For some reason my stalker insisted on following me here and wanted to do so in a hurried fashion. Not sure why.
Rated 'E' for 'Everyone'
Time to kick this place to the curb and....
...hop on over...
...to park #7, Steel Pier! Very ghetto, but in a good way. This would be a very quick visit. The Crazy Mouse, yeah, it was loco.
Maybe if I don't look my stalker won't see me.
Anyway, quick stop, checked into what was supposed to be a nice hotel only to find out they were oversold and shipped us into their older hotel which was, ghetto, and required a chair to be placed in front of the door at night for safety. Not wanting to stay their, it was off to park #8
If you guessed Morey's Piers was next, well, you win something, maybe a dirty sock. Anyway, this thing road like an old woman, rough, unpolished, and not very pleasant. It was the only credit I was missing at Morey's. Thankfully they have other awesome rides like Ghostship to enjoy.
Of course this visit also allows me to compare the new train to the old one on the NorEaster. And yes, it's MUCH better.
But it was getting late, and when it get's late, I like to do 'IT'
So, we did IT slow
Then we did IT fast
Then we sat and spun on IT
After we did IT several times, I was exhausted and ready for bed in the hotel that required armed security. And this ends Days 1 & 2 of 4 of the Shore Whore!
God willing, we will wake up in the morning safe and secure and be able to continue on!
Whew, survived the overnight ghetto hotel and was up and at it early to travel to more parks!
First on the list today was Fun TOwn!
Another well placed shot tower that allowed you to reload and shoot again!
I thought my throat was going to turn inside out, this thing was on kill!
Oooooooo, this looks promising!
More birds in cages.
Sadly, height requirement would not let me ride.
But this was actually fun moving side to side and spinning with variable speed.
A Sponge Bob dark ride that looks....
Now it was on to Casino Pier which was park number...um.....WTH I don't know what number it was. Anyway if you do, post a comment and let me know for a bonus entry for the drawing.
I suppose by now I have ridden one too many kiddies. Coasters that is.
Is it a bird, is it a plane?
NO! It's Mighty Mouse!
Ahhhhh, how cute!
Over to the left you will see a guy playing in what he thought was a jungle gym. Sadly for us, he was working on a MCBR which meant the ride was down. Now, over to the right is where we would head next.
Easily one of the better dark rides on the shore.
Sorry, I have a headache.
After picking up three or four credits at Casino Pier it was off to find the car, which had a piece of litter on it from the local police department. Apparently I didn't know how to properly operate the parking meter and they thought I needed a lesson in how to add money to the meter. But, instead of adding money to the meter I was asked to add $40 to the county's general fund.
New park, new coaster. First one to name the park gets a bonus entry!
Weeeee. Ok, enough of this. Moving on to...
This lovely park and yet another cookie cutter coaster!
But Jenkinson's has something special
On of the most bad ass powered coasters I've ever been on
This thing was on kill to the point I actually wanted to ride it again! But no time for that, it was off to a creepy walk thru attraction up the boardwalk and then on to yet another park!
Looking back, I did a hell of a lot of driving on Day 3.
More pirates booty!
At least I could assist putting out a fire.
Wheel of fortune.
Licensed from Disney.
Look, its a fast food mascot!
A midway of happiness that only opens after like 5pm.
"I like it with two tails in the rear"
See ya fantasy island...now where to...
Oh yeah, last park of the night! I will say this was a creepy ghetto park. What park is it? Well name it and you get a bonus entry.
The ops were all in plain clothes so you didn't know who worked there and who didn't which actually added to the experience.
Should I take it in the front or...
in the rear?
Bahhh! Stalker is taking it in the rear!
So as we coast off into the night time we end day 3. Overall this creepy park was not all that bad, it had character and personality, something that most of your chain parks don't have.
And finally here starts Day 4 and my last TR for about 5 or 6 weeks.
I must be on the right street!
This place must have low enrollment
I mean, I'm pretty sure our nation's politicians, certain investors, and celebrities have not graduated from here.
So if you guessed I am now in NY City, you guessed right!
And in NYC we find a classic carousel!
Hand crafted and painted, this classic is a work of art.
The attention to detail is beyond describable
Elegant in every sense
Bonus entry for the first one to name my stalker.
Next park in quite a nice setting, still in Central Park.
Mini Mad Mouse?!?!
Oh well, lets get this over with, we have two more parks left on the list.
Speaking of, have you been keeping track because I haven't ;)
Probably the safest park of NYC
Moving on we would drive through Harlem quite by accident. If you have never visited Harlem, well, lets just say it looks just as it does on Law and Order.
Moving quickly out of Harlem I hauled out to Adventure Park.
This is puked out of....
I liked it, I mean it didn't give it me rough, but not smooth, so I suppose it gave it me with a mixture that was pleasurable.
Wow, these kiddie rides run fast.
My, what a long centipede(?) you are
Ok, final park, and not only am I wearing down by now, so is my camera. Rye Playland is now in my top 10 most liked parks. It has a classic feel with a nice mixture of carnival rides and classic rides like this galloping racing horse. The employees would give you pointers on your riding technique.
Next up was this death machine. Another death machine would be found on the NE Trip to Coney Island.....
Coasters that require one to play with a brake handle turn me on.
And finally a mouse ride to end this report.
Goodbye Rye! Thanks for a fantastic evening and an unexpected fireworks show! (Unexpected because it was good!)
And here would start the NE Trip, but thats already been covered so...
So wave bye to the camera and remember to post for your chance to win an envelope of garbage!
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