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1  Wildwoods General Discussion - The Fun Stuff / General: The Wildwoods Today / Re: Are scanners on rides new?
 on: Today at 11:02pm 
Started by MarinePier74 | Post by Dark in the Park
Quote from MarinePier74 on Today at 12:32pm:
Hey Dave-
Hope life has been good to you and your family over the past year.

I must have missed it last year when they were scanning. And yes it's a good thing.
The ride operators last weekend where being really thorough with the few riders in line.

I often think I'd love to be an operator again but so much has changed-especially the computer driven parts.
When I worked for a short time on the Rock-O-Plane on Marine Pier-the ride turned on by a light switch-I am not kidding. It was just a toggle switch that turned on the motor. The brake was a small metal bar that rested into notches on a metal pad. The metal pad was so worn (covered in coats of paint) that the brake would often slip out of the notches if someone was too heavy footed on the ride platform.
I'll share a harrowing story sometime  that happened the last weekend we were open. It's  an episode that still gives me bad dreams.
-Kevin

 
I remember riding the Scrambler on Fun Pier as a small kid and it was powered by a tractor engine.  I still remember the gas fumes as the attendant kept pulling on the throttle to make the ride go faster.  That is the only time in my life I remember riding a scrambler powered by a gas engine.
 
-Bill
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2  The World Beyond Wildwood - The Curious Stuff / Other Destinations / Re: memorial day weekend!!!
 on: Today at 9:00pm 
Started by FlyinGN | Post by hurricane1091
On the way home now. Beach was packed but ocean was 57 degrees. I braved a couple of knee deep trips and then a full body one. It got cold around 230 and we left the beach around 315 and many had quit before then. Too many kids (I'm only 24 though lol). Checked out starlux mini golf and it looks good but we did not play. There's a new grilled cheese and quesadilla place that had a sign up but was closed.  
 
Day trippers was $5 parking til 2 AM which seems unbelievable to me but I paid it. I have no idea why it was so cheap. Showers were $5 and they are OK, got the job done.
 
Lastly, I tried Franconis finally. It's OK, they must be in cahoots with the judges still.
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3  Wildwoods General Discussion - The Fun Stuff / General: The Wildwoods Today / Re: Tom Cat Diner
 on: Today at 5:25pm 
Started by MarinePier74 | Post by tradewinds
Tom Cat owners moved their business to the Crest operating the new Saratoga Grill at the Saratoga Inn motel. The original Saratoga Inn "coffee shop" has been entirely renovated to make way for the new grill. I may give the place a whirl this weekend.   Wink
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4  Wildwoods General Discussion - The Fun Stuff / General: The Wildwoods Today / Re: can you feel it?
 on: Today at 4:52pm 
Started by bluesurge | Post by bluesurge
that's awesome to hear!! one day I'd like to be down there on memorial day weekend to see it "come back to life" so to speak.
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5  Wildwoods General Discussion - The Fun Stuff / General: The Wildwoods Today / Re: Are scanners on rides new?
 on: Today at 12:32pm 
Started by MarinePier74 | Post by MarinePier74
Hey Dave-
Hope life has been good to you and your family over the past year.
 
I must have missed it last year when they were scanning. And yes it's a good thing.
The ride operators last weekend where being really thorough with the few riders in line.
 
I often think I'd love to be an operator again but so much has changed-especially the computer driven parts.
When I worked for a short time on the Rock-O-Plane on Marine Pier-the ride turned on by a light switch-I am not kidding. It was just a toggle switch that turned on the motor. The brake was a small metal bar that rested into notches on a metal pad. The metal pad was so worn (covered in coats of paint) that the brake would often slip out of the notches if someone was too heavy footed on the ride platform.
I'll share a harrowing story sometime  that happened the last weekend we were open. It's  an episode that still gives me bad dreams.
-Kevin
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6  Wildwoods General Discussion - The Fun Stuff / General: The Wildwoods Today / Tom Cat Diner
 on: Today at 12:21pm 
Started by MarinePier74 | Post by MarinePier74
Hi and apologies in advance if this topic was posted earlier. I have not been on the boards in awhile.
 
Anyone know what is happening to the Tom Cat on Rio Grand (left side entering Wildwood)? I had breakfast there over the past year quite a few times and always had a decent meal. You can't beat the Tom Cat special.
It has been closed for renovations for months now but just wondering if it's still going to be the same owners (Liz and Dave).
I hope so-they're really nice folks.
 
 
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7  Wildwoods General Discussion - The Fun Stuff / General: The Wildwoods Today / Re: can you feel it?
 on: Today at 11:29am 
Started by bluesurge | Post by 57tbird
Quote from bluesurge on Today at 6:37am:
welll everyone...can you feel it now!? Cheesy

I can feel it and see it!... So good to see the BW with summer activity again!
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8  The World Beyond Wildwood - The Curious Stuff / Other Destinations / Re: memorial day weekend!!!
 on: Today at 7:49am 
Started by FlyinGN | Post by hurricane1091
We're on the way.
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9  Wildwoods General Discussion - The Fun Stuff / General: The Wildwoods Today / Re: Are scanners on rides new?
 on: Today at 7:38am 
Started by MarinePier74 | Post by scca28
Wow,I did not notice that! Interesting...I guess they are trying to prevent riders from taking selfies on the rides. Makes sense, a loose camera or cell phone can be a bad thing..
I know on Disney's Tower of Terror they tell everyone to wave your hands in the air just before they close the door to your elevator. They do it in a manner to make it like your having fun. But it's really a check that you don't have something in your hands..Smart!
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10  Wildwoods General Discussion - The Fun Stuff / General: The Wildwoods Today / Re: can you feel it?
 on: Today at 6:37am 
Started by bluesurge | Post by bluesurge
welll everyone...can you feel it now!? Cheesy
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