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While Bill and I are absolutely morning people, our other halves are far from it. Getting them up early on a Sunday after a hot draining day of eating, drinking and riding would normally pose a problem, but not today. Not for this bunch. We'd be arising nice and early for a hot meal eaten 156 feet above sea level. You guessed it... we had reservations for four atop Morey's Giant Wheel... aka Breakfast In the Sky
If you've been following along, you know the missus and I did this two years ago
and were nuts about it. The weather was perfect and the experience was incredible - we were most impressed by how they really thought of everything. The food was excellent, the service exceptional, it was worth every penny we spent on the experience, and we absolutely did not want to get off at the end of our hour on The Wheel. We've talked it up to everyone since then, and while we missed the opportunity last summer, we vowed to do it in 2018. Leading up to this weekend, we asked Bill and Brit if they wanted to do it with us while they were in town, and in spite of the fact Brit is terrified of ferris wheels, they very quickly gave a us a "yes".
When you check in, they have a few seating areas set up (they ask that you arrive 30 minutes before your start time) and there is plenty of coffee, tea, juice, or water for you to enjoy while you wait.
As mentioned in my last report, the only sort-of "catch" with this experience is that due to the fact that you're up on The Wheel the entire hour, you're served your food as soon as your seated and then dispatched. So there really isn't anytime for you to order and then wait for your food like at a normal restaurant. Therefore, they have the menu on the reservation section of the site
and you have to order your food the same day you reserve (in our case, once again, was like 6 weeks ahead of time). The menu, while small, covers basically anything anyone might want, and ordering that far in advance removes the possibility of someone reserving and then getting there and not wanting any food on the menu. So... we knew what we would be eating well in advance of this morning.
We got lucky again with the weather, the forecast bounced around all week but there was rain in there, yet by Sunday morning the sun was shining and the light ocean breeze was nice and cool before the heat of the afternoon. After you are seated in a gondola, a rotating cast of employees/servers stops by - first to snap into place a table, then to bring out drinks, coffee, water, a bread basket, condiments, and then your entrees. Finally a supervisor of sorts stops by to take a photo or two, gives a brief safety schpeil, with a card listing a phone number to call and your gondola number in case of emergencies, since (as they'll jokingly tell you) they won't be able to hear you screaming for help from up there. And with a last "do you all need anything else?" you're dispatched into the sky to enjoy your meal.
Last time the missus had the Jersey BLT and I had a bite and it was amazing, so that's what I got this time.
While she tried the waffles w/ berries.
The views of the pier and the waterpark are incredible. Our reservation was for 10am, and the waterpark opens an hour ahead of that so things were in full swing. Definitely neat to watch it from up there.
Under the boomerang spikes is the new "Wilhems Biergarten" that we had drinks at the night previous that I didn't take any photos of. Its an awesome use of space.
Sea Serpents entrance, Musik Express, Rollies Coaster and the Waltzer.
The (elevated) Waveswinger, and Maelstrom (the flat that tried to kill Bill the previous evening). You can see the new spinner way in the back.
And on a nice clear morning like this you can see all the way to the back bay.
If you're wondering, the wheel stops at three different points throughout the hour, and when it does move its at an absolutely glacial pace so much that you almost don't feel it.
Bill almost dropped his phone trying to get this photo. Oh I don't think I've mentioned but Bill had the Steak & Egg scramble and Brit had the seafood omelet. Everyone raved about our food, we downed all the coffee, and we even cleaned out the bread basket.
The hour, without a doubt, goes by very fast, since for the first half of it you're stuffing your piehole with delicious grub and the second half you're busy snapping photos and enjoying the views. Even Brit, who we assumed would be frozen in fear to even lift a fork to her mouth, was relaxed and Snapchatting to her hearts content.
Just like last time, we didn't want to get off when the hour was up. Upon disembarking the ride, they ask you how everything was, etc and send you on your way. We got discount coupons for Breakfast in the Sky mugs but unfortunately the store that sells them was not open yet as the pier itself wasn't really open other than the Wheel and the waterpark. Overall we all loved it and the missus and I plan to do it again. The experience is a little pricey but we all think its totally worth it. Not every day you get to eat a really good breakfast on a giant ferris wheel overlooking the ocean. If only they served booze...
We headed back to the house to pack up as the missus was headed off the island to spend a few days with her mother, while I joined Bill and Brit for afternoon trip up the coast to rack up a few brand spankin' new creds in (the unfortunately very dry town of) Ocean City. Stay tuned...