Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Morey’s Piers Announces Family Events in May


* Camping Adventure, Mother’s Day Celebration and Special Mother’s Day

* Hotel Package Invites Families to Enjoy Weekends of Fun at the Shore 


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ (April 15, 2015) – Spring has sprung at Morey’s Piers, located on the Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ, and it’s the perfect time to spend weekends at the shore with the whole family.

On May 2, 2015, families can camp under the roller coaster and stars at Morey’s boardwalk camping adventure, Boardwalk Bunk-Down. Then on May 10, 2015, Morey’s Piers is giving moms a little extra TLC with Mother’s Day Tea Time at the Tea Cups ride on Mariner’s Pier.



Boardwalk Bunk-Down – Spring Event

Morey’s Piers is setting up camp on Adventure Pier offering outdoor enthusiasts a camping experience with ocean views of the Wildwoods, NJ coastline. On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Morey’s Piers hosts its outdoor sleepover on the pier, combining the thrill and excitement of an amusement park with all the fun and memories of camping.  

From 11 am – 3 pm, campers are invited to set-up their tents and sleeping bags on Adventure Pier before heading to Mariner’s Pier to enjoy a full day of rides and amusements from the Wave Swinger and beloved Giant Wheel, to the high speed Sea Serpent roller coaster. 

From 7 pm – 8 pm on Adventure Pier, guests can visit Morey’s S’mores Bar to toast marshmallows and create the ultimate midnight snack. S’mores kits are available for purchase for $2.50 each. Then at 8 pm, guests can cuddle up under the Great White roller coaster for a movie and complimentary popcorn. A variety of popular boardwalk games including the three point challenge basketball game and soccer challenge will also be open from 8 pm – 11 pm. Prices of games vary.

The next morning, a continental breakfast featuring scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh bagels, assorted cereals, fresh fruit, donuts, milk, juice, and coffee will be served on Adventure Pier from 7 am – 9 am.

Tickets for Boardwalk Bunk-Down are $55 per person and must be purchased by May 1, 2015. Discounted tickets of $35 per person are available for all season pass holders; must present valid season pass at event check-in. No on-site registrations are permitted.

To register and purchase tickets, visit www.moreyspiers.com/bunkdown.

All children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult; event not recommended for children under the age of three. Check-in and camp set up are between 11 am and 3 pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015. All participants must provide their own tents and camping equipment. All camps must be packed up and cleared from Adventure Pier by 11am on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

For more information, email boardwalk.bunkdown@moreyspiers.com or call 609-522-3900 ext. 1195.


Mother’s Day Tea Time at the “Tea Cups”

Morey’s Piers is honoring Mother’s Day with tea for two…or three…or four…or more, inviting moms to celebrate their special day with an unforgettable tea party for the whole family at the beloved Tea Cups ride.

Mothers visiting the classic shore side destination on Sunday, May 10, 2015, will also ride free from 12pm to 5pm on Mariner’s and Surfside Piers.

From 12 pm to 2 pm, families can grab a seat in an oversized “English tea cup” and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea with an assortment of cookies, biscotti’s, and biscuits at the Tea Cups attraction. Kids will have the opportunity to decorate personalized sugar cookies for mom at the cookie decorating station located next to the Tea Cup ride on Mariner’s Pier.

Also available at the Parents Pavilion on Mariner’s Pier is a special photo area complete with signs and props for Mom and the entire family to take pictures.   

Available May 8 through 10, The Pan American Hotel and Port Royal Hotel are offering family stay weekend packages starting at $350 per family that include a two-night stay for two adults and up to two children (in one room), one day admission to amusement rides at Morey’s Piers and one complimentary breakfast per person. 

Rooms subject to availability; price does not include hotel tax. To book at the Port Royal, guests must call 609-729-2000 and for the Pan American guests must call 609-522-6936 and request the Mother’s Day Weekend package.

The oceanfront Pan American Hotel is located in the heart of Wildwood Crest and features a lavish swimming pool, 78 chic rooms and suites, Alosi’s Bistro offering a lite-fare menu, wireless internet, a media lounge, and a meeting room, all fashioned around the golden age of air travel.

Also located oceanfront along the beaches in Wildwood Crest, The Port Royal is characterized entirely around the maritime lifestyle. Guests can enjoy an oceanfront sun deck and a private balcony, in one of the 100 nautically designed rooms. A heated pool is available for adults, as well as a swimming pool for children. The Royal Grille Cafe, located in the lobby, serves a menu of classic American fare.


About Morey’s Piers

Friday, April 10, 2015

Last chance to save big: Morey's Spring Sale ends at midnight


Morey's Piers' annual SPRING SALE ends tonight at midnight.

This is Morey's second-biggest sale of the year, after the Holiday Sale, and brings with it some big-time savings just as we head into another season.

Pick up a Wild Pass (formerly Season Pass) for $315, slashed down from $450, or a Wild Pass Lite (for riders 42" or adults over 25) for $235, down from the regular price of $325.

Morey's is also offering, for the very first time, a "Forever Wild Pass" for guests 65 and old at an introductory rate of just $50!

Check out the Spring Sale savings page for more info on this, and additional savings on water park packs, Breakfast in the Sky, Mirror Maze, and Tram Car tickets, as well as gift cards.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Philly POPS to perform FREE Fourth of July concert at Fox Park


At last night's Commissioners meeting at City Hall, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano made it official:

The Philly POPS will perform a FREE concert at Fox Park on Saturday, July 4th!

According to Troiano, the show will begin at 8:30 pm and will be followed by the annual fireworks spectacular around 10 pm.

Tickets for Philly POPS shows typically range from $60 - $70, so this is a great opportunity to see the renowned orchestra at no cost, in a truly unique setting.

We would venture to say that this has the potential to be one of (if not the) biggest events ever held at Fox Park. Troiano suggested that people should plan to come early, in anticipation of a huge turnout.

We'll post more details as they become available...


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Morey's Piers kicks off 47th season; Giant Wheel turns 30


Morey's Piers kicked off its 47th season of operation early today at Mariner's Pier.

(A slight, but notable, change - "Landing" has been dropped from the pier's name.)

Along with it, one of the great icons in Wildwood history reached a major milestone, as...

The Giant Wheel turns 30!

Where does the time go?

The 156-foot Ferris wheel has been Mariner's centerpiece attraction, and one of the island's most recognizable landmarks, since being installed for the 1985 season.

It debuted the year after the Sea Serpent, a one-two punch that put the exclamation points on the Morey Organization's rise to prominence on the Boardwalk.

Let's take a look back through time...


Above, the Giant Wheel, an instant eye-opener and game changer, under construction during the Spring of 1985. This view shows how much has changed at Mariner's in the three decades since.


The Sea Serpent during it's debut season in 1984. How strange does this view look without The Wheel?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

WILD Weekend: Easter & "The Opening of the Boardwalk," Egg Hunts, Wrestling, and Morey's Piers!


For generations, Easter Weekend has been celebrated as the "unofficial opening" of the Boardwalk (which, of course, never technically closes).

Long gone are the days when hats, suits, dresses and bonnets were the standard, but the tradition continues, with a festive holiday atmosphere.

More and more businesses have been opening in recent weeks, and a good number are expected to welcome guests this weekend - including Mariner's Pier, which will be open on Saturday and Sunday as Morey's Piers kicks off its 47th season of operation.

The weekend will feature plenty to do for the little ones, including three egg hunts.

Here's what's goin' down this weekend in the 'Woods...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

North Wildwood announces 2015 Concert Under the Stars line-up

North Wildwood announced the line-up and schedule for its 2015 Concert Under the Stars series earlier today via its Recreation & Tourism Facebook page.

A staple of the island's summer entertainment scene, concerts will return to the Lou Booth Amphitheater (2nd & Ocean) on Thursday and Saturday nights from mid-July to Labor Day Weekend.

The 15-show series kicks off on Thursday, July 16th with Bill Haley Jr. performing.

All shows are FREE and begin at 8 p.m.

Click the image at right to view the complete schedule...

KONG To Make a Colossal Return to Morey's Piers


Classic Seaside Attraction Reincarnates Legendary Wildwood Boardwalk Ride for Debut Memorial Day Weekend

 “Walk on the Wild Side” Package Offers VIP Access

PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – April 1, 2015 –
KONG is coming this summer to Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, the classic seaside attraction located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ.

Once an iconic boardwalk landmark in early 1970s, the brand new gorilla themed amusement ride will open to the public Memorial Day weekend serving as the new centerpiece of Surfside Pier. 

KONG, snorting smoke and fog, will sport an “I love Wildwood” t-shirt and clutch one of Wildwood’s well-known tram cars while hanging from the 60 feet tall lighthouse at the ride’s center.

Eight vintage world war planes will duck, dive and navigate around the infamous gorilla, bringing riders 26 feet in air. After sunset, KONG will light up the night sky with a rotating light on top of the lighthouse and enhanced LED lighting outlining each ride vehicle.

Underneath the ride is Kong & Co., a new 3,000 square foot retail space offering charging stations and comfy chairs, as well as chocolate covered frozen bananas and merchandise for purchase.

“KONG is among one of the most well-known of all landmarks to grace Morey’s Piers over the last five decades and it was time to bring this classic back to life,” said Jack Morey, second generation partner of Morey’s Piers.

“It might have taken nearly forty years, a public voting of the masses to finalize the design, at a cost of about $1.6 million bananas, but we’re thrilled to welcome back KONG to his rightful home on Surfside Pier.”

As part of the ride debut, Morey Hotels & Resorts is inviting guests to take a “Walk on the Wild Side” with a two-night hotel package that provides VIP access to KONG. The hotel package includes: 

·         Two night stay at the Pan American, Port Royal, The Starlux or Blue Palms Resort

·         Two ride and water park combo wristbands valid for two days

·         Two complimentary chocolate covered frozen bananas at the new KONG & Co. store

·         One complimentary front of the line pass valid for up to four people at KONG

·         KONG souvenir gift at check-in

Prices per night start at $138 at the Pan American, $146 at the Port Royal, $101 at The Starlux and $100 at the Blue Palms Resort for a two-night stay, based on double occupancy.

The “Walk on the Wild Side” package is available for stays Sunday to Thursday, between June 14 and July 9, 2015 at the Pan American and Port Royal, and June 14 through July 23, 2015 at The Starlux and Blue Palms Resort. Rooms are subject to availability; price does not include hotel tax.

To book, guests can call the resort and mention the “Walk on the Wild Side” package.

From April 6 through May 17, Morey’s Piers fans will have the chance to win the ultimate KONG ride experience by entering the Conquer KONG Contest hosted on the attraction’s Facebook page.  One lucky winner, along with nine of their friends and family, will receive all day ride passes, a half hour of exclusive ride time on KONG prior to the piers opening, KONG souvenirs and a pizza party.

To enter, visit www.facebook.com/MoreysPiers and enter a valid email address. Entrants who share the contest on their Facebook page will earn a second entry. Must be 13 years or older to participate; winners and their guests must meet the ride height requirement of 44” tall to ride alone; 36” to 44” tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion. Under 36” tall not permitted.

For more information on Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks, please visit www.moreyspiers.com.

About Morey’s Piers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Play Pac-Man "in Wildwood" with Google Maps!


Please excuse my inner 7-year-old for getting waaaaay too excited over this...

As a child of the '80s, I grew up saving my quarters to play arcade and pinball games on the Boardwalk.

"Redemption casinos" are popular now, but back then ("Meeeeeh, get off my lawn!"), arcades were state-of-the art and blew away the home video game consoles.

It's pretty much the exact opposite now.

Anyway, I'll always associate the classics - Space Invaders, Pac-Man (Ms. Pac-Man,especially), Donkey Kong, Defender, Galaxian, etc. - with my childhood in Wildwood.

So, today I got downright giddy when I learned that Google Maps had added a feature that allows users to PLAY PAC-MAN on actual street grids!

Genius. Pure genius.

Head over to maps.google.com and punch in "Wildwood, NJ" (or any other location).

You can play through the streets of the island, right up onto the Boardwalk - how cool is that?!

(Initially, the map may zoom in a little too close; just pan around and the interface will eventually locate a playable grid.)

Lineup for 2015 Fabulous '50s & Beyond Celebration announced

Look who's coming back to town...

Bowzer's Rock 'N Roll Party returns to the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday, October 17, as the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 2015 Fabulous '50s & Beyond Celebration.

This years big concert will feature Bowzer's Rock 'N Roll party, with The Legendary Teenagers, The Vogues, Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, The Chiffons, Jay Siegel's Tokens and Bowzer & The Stingrays.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 27 at 9 a.m., and will be available at the GWCOC office (3306 Pacific Avenue, 609-729-4000) and all Ticketmaster locations (www.ticketmaster.com, 1-866-448-7849).

The Fabulous '50s & Beyond Celebration kicks off with a Dance Party at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

A FREE street fair will take place at Fox Park on Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm, featuring classic cars, food and craft vendors, a Doo Wop Bus Tour, live entertainment and more, leading right up to the big concert.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wildwood included in Condé Nast Traveler's list of "10 Best U.S. Destinations for Hotel Deals this Summer"


Lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler has named Wildwood one of the top destinations in the country for hotel deals this summer.

The journal compared this year's rates to what vacationers "would have paid last year, according to new data from the search site Kayak.com."

According to the feature, Wildwood's average lodging rate per night this year will be $155, down nine percent from $170 in 2014.

The report noted the Boardwalk, beaches, amusement rides, and "numerous '60s-style hotels and motels" among its reasons to visit.

Other destinations on the list included Houston, Clearwater Beach, Brooklyn, Virginia Beach, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (the home of Walt Disney World) and New Orleans.

Check it out HERE.





Maui's Dog House opening is extra Special this year

As our friend John Lynch always says:

"There's nothing like 
the power of community!"

On that note, a very special shout-out today to Maui and Liz from Maui's Dog House (806 New Jersey Avenue).

The Maui family had originally intended to open for the season next Wednesday, April 1.

Earlier this week, however, an email from the family of a Special Olympics child, asking if they would be open this weekend, changed their plans.

The Special Olympics NJ Basketball Finals are in town this weekend. This child had visited Maui's three years ago and had a blast.

Maui and Liz took about 10 minutes to make their decision. Some 20 phone calls later - arranging for earlier food and soda deliveries, menu finalization, website updating, and some amazing work by their team - they made it happen!

Maui's will open today for its 16th season, 11 am - 7 pm; hours tomorrow (Sunday) are 11 am - 4 pm.

If you're nearby, drop by for some fantastic food and smiles, and say hi to some great people!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

WILD Weekend: Ocean Drive Marathon, a celebration of Special Olympics, and, oh yeah... MACK's Pizza!


It's hard to believe that we're about to enter the last weekend of March...

Yet, here we are - a mere 8 weeks away from Memorial Day Weekend and just one week out from Easter Weekend, and the "unofficial opening" of the Boardwalk for the 2015 season (which, of course, includes Opening Day at Mariner's Pier).

Signs of Spring are everywhere, as the island begins to come alive. More and more shops on the Boardwalk are beginning to open, while others are making their annual preparations.

Tomorrow (Friday) at 11 a.m., Mack's Pizza will open its doors to kick off it's 62nd season at Wildwood Avenue.

If that isn't a sure sign that Summer is right around the corner, we don't know what is!

Here's what else is going down this weekend in the 'Woods...

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Overview

* Mack's Pizza - Opening Weekend! (Friday - Sunday)
* Ocean Drive Marathon and Health & Fitness Expo (Saturday & Sunday)
* Special Olympics NJ Basketball Finals (Saturday & Sunday)

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Ocean Drive Marathon and Health & Fitness Expo

A Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm in advance of the Ocean Drive Marathon the next day. Admission is open to the public and FREE.

The 26.2 mile marathon as well as a 10 mile run will start at 9 am on Sunday, and take place through the scenic barrier islands of Cape May County. A portion of the course will include the entire length of the Wildwoods Boardwalk.

Also included are a 5K run and a 1.5 mile fun run.

For more info, call 609-523-0880 or visit www.odmarathon.com.



Special Olympics NJ Basketball Finals

A two-day celebration will feature over 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from the Garden State competing in basketball competitions.

Multiple venues will take part, including the Wildwoods Convention Center, Crest Pier Recreation Center, Wildwood High School, Wildwood Catholic High School, North Wildwood Community Center, and the Byrne Community Center.

Events will be held Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday from 9 am - 2 pm.

Admission is FREE to all games.

For more info, call 609-896-8000 or visit www.sonj.org.

Zip lines could be coming to the beach this summer

Beach "ziplining" has become popular in destinations like Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Around this time last year, there was talk that zip lines might be coming to the Wildwood beach. The subject has surfaced again, according to a report from 98.7 The Coast.

Should it happen, the area designated for this activity would most likely be adjacent to the Boardwalk, south of the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Early last month, we noted that zip lines were being planned as part of the Cape May County Zoo's "aerial adventure course," which is targeting an early Spring 2016 opening.

Of course, the zoo's ability to construct platforms that would allow users to "swing" from tree to tree is a luxury the beach wouldn't offer. Some sort of tower or other non-permanent structures would have to be implemented.

Zip lining, in general, has become a popular trend across the country.

Beach resort destinations that have launched successful zip line operations include Cabo San Lucas (pictured above) and Cozumel, Mexico, and Catalina Island, California.

A 750-foot zip line debuted at Venice Beach in Los Angeles two summers ago.

What do you think about this idea for Wildwood?

Is this something you would be excited about seeing and trying out?

Wildwood Business Improvement District awards grant to bring antique clock back to Downtown Wildwood


PRESS RELEASE

In conjunction with the Wildwood Business Improvement District's facade enhancement initiative in Downtown Wildwood, the WBID has given the Wildwood Historical Society the funding needed to install an antique clock in front of the George F. Boyer Museum at 3907 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood.

The "Center City Plaza" clock once stood at the corner of Atlantic & Oak Avenues, in front of the Casino Arcade that was located one block south of the Post Office.

The clock was in storage for 25 years until A.B.S. Sign Company picked it up last July and began donating their services to bring it back to working order.

When approached by Al Brannen of the Wildwood Historical Society about a grant to fund the clock project, John Donio, President of the WBID Board of Directors, enthusiastically supported the request, emphasizing the WBID's focus on improving the Downtown Wildwood Business District with the objective of attracting businesses and customers.

"The history of a community is important to today's travelers. They want to know that the place they are visiting has an authentic past that they can feel a part of. It's also important to local residents to feel that they are connected to their city's rich history. So, we felt it was vital for the Downtown Wildwood BID to fund this project," added Donio.

It is expected that the refurbishment and installation will be completed this Spring, in time for everyone to see as they visit Pacific Avenue this summer!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mayor Rosenello: Tram Car designs NOT changing; stock unit being used to test new engine components


We just got off the phone with North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, who confirmed that the design for the Boardwalk's iconic Sightseer Tram Cars will NOT be changing.

Earlier today, a "stock vehicle" was seen pulling a Sightseer train along the promenade.

"This is a unit we bought, basically, off the shelf, for testing," Rosenello explained. "All we're doing is checking to see if the components of this unit work on the Boardwalk.

"Today was the first run with this. We're testing the motor, the battery, the turning radius, wheel base, and pulling power of the engine."

Told about concerns from our readers over the look of testing unit, Rosenello was actually delighted.

 "Honestly, it's great that people are so interested in it. It's great to see that people are so passionate about it and that they care so much. This is one of our great icons, and it's clearly loved by many, many people."

Test unit prowling the boards earlier today
Rosenello said that we may see the test unit make several runs before the Sightseer fleet launches for the season on Friday, May 1.

"What we're doing now is testing the mechanics. We had two tram engines go down at the end of last summer. They were out of commission for weeks because the parts were no longer available. We scoured the country looking for parts to get them up and running.

"At this point, we're looking at a scenario where we may have to start looking at reducing the fleet and cannibalizing some of the existing engines to keep the remaining ones going."

There are presently eight tram engines and eight trains in the Sightseer fleet. Two of the trains are new, entering their second season after being replicated last year.