It's great living 30 minutes from the beach in the summertime! With a long weekend for Independence Day, my girlfriend Kelly and I decided to head to Ocean City, MD, on Friday for a little sun and randomness. Being the wonderful girlfriend she is, Kelly agreed to let me spend part of our day chronicling Jolly Roger Amusement Park.
Now, I hadn't been to Jolly Roger since they took us there for a class trip when I was in third grade. That would be roughly 22 years ago. It was pretty bad then. It's only gotten worse. I think I can legitimately say that if not for its adjacent water park, this permanent carnival would have become condos a long, long time ago.
With that in mind, I now present to you every single ride at the park. You get to see everything I saw--only you get to do it sitting down in the air conditioning! Enjoy!
New for 2009: an updated sign! That should bring the crowds rushing in.
And here's the big man himself. What makes Jolly Roger so jolly, you ask? Probably the fact that he doesn't have to stand outside a muffler shop anymore.
Six flags. Coincidence? Probably.
Thar be the entrance! Yar!
"Beware! We haven't had a full-time ride mechanic on staff since 1969!"
Fun fact: The park is only about 20 percent larger than the surface area of the map itself.
This is where you go to get your Passport card, which is kind of like a digital ticket. Hopefully yours works. Ours sure didn't.
Let's get the credits out of the way first. This is Wildcat. Ironically, it sits in roughly the same location as the park's former Wild Mouse.
And this would be one of roughly 847 Wacky Worms in Ocean City.
Ah, but this Wacky Worm is special. Why...?
Because it has an on-ride photo!
That's right! You can buy a photo of you and/or your child on the Wacky Worm!
Let me reiterate that: Wacky Worm. On-ride. Photo.
These two Hampton kiddie rides have been at the park since its opening in 1965. The one on the left is motorcycles, while the one on the right is random vehicles.
Nothing like a little conspicuous advertising on the kiddie flat to keep things fresh.
I promised you every ride at the park, but I made no such guarantee about providing clever captions for each one. Ergo, these are the bumper cars.
Cheesy traveling haunted house.
"Look out, dude! It's going straight for your oversized package!"
Matterhorn/Musik Express/Hurricane (it had no sign, so it's hard to say which one it really is).
Traveling fun house.
Fun Slide (named by the same person who comes up with the names of Cedar Fair rides, apparently).
Kiddie Ferris wheel.
A Gravitron with its "Gravitron" sign newly removed for 2009.
The Giant Wheel apparently is a great place to store boxes. By the way, is it just me, or does Jolly Roger seem to single-handedly support the airbrush sign industry in Ocean City?
Speaking of the Giant Wheel, this is it.
The kiddie train carries animals...
...marching band members...
...and white guys demonstrating Indian stereotypes.
90 DEGREES! (Note the kiddie bumper boats at the left--this is integral in making sure you have seen every ride at Jolly Roger.)
While that train is undergoing repair, let's take a look at this one. It was clearly the most popular attraction at the park and just about the only one with a full-time ride op. (Most of the rest shared ride ops, usually one op per three or four rides, it seemed.)
No ride ops for this SBNO Frog Hopper :(
Jolly Roger also offered a full complement of games. And unlike the rides, each and every single one of them was staffed.
Hey Big Mike, how many duckies are in here? :)
The park even has a stage for shows. Not that the park has any shows....
The backside of the stage is themed as a decrepit old house. Which brings to mind two questions: Why would a park want to theme anything (other than maybe a haunted house) as a decrepit building, and what is anything remotely having to do with theming doing at Jolly Roger?
You want to eat at Jolly Roger? This is where you go.
I know a few readers out there who wouldn't mind trying Big Willie's banana....
The park's property also contains a number of upcharge attractions, including two miniature golf courses.
Jungle Golf is by far the most elaborate of the two.
Jungle Golf is by far the better of the two. Along with this quasi-elaborate entrance, they actually sprung for a handful of fiberglass statues to spread throughout this course. Treasure Golf, on the other hand, is nice too... if you're into barren spaces and rocks.
Splash Mountain is Jolly Roger's upcharge water park.
You probably shouldn't expect to find Br'er Rabbit here.
You'll find the upcharge go-kart concession at Speedworld.
The fact that they took the effort to paint the tires astounds me. I'll bet they're airbrushed!
Note to Jolly Roger's marketing department: Threatening patrons is probably not the best way to get them to visit your second location at the Ocean City Pier.
You know I was just there back in June and I honestly like Jolly Roger, not thats its a good park or anything, but it is the best one at Ocean City and has the best coaster at Ocean City in my opinion, the Wildcat.
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