We visited Wildwood for a brief August trip from the 16th through the 18th. Weather was nice, although a little muggy. Here are some pictures and observations.
So we finally got a chance to ride the Runaway Tram on Friday. There was a pretty good line of people waiting to go on, but the line moved quick. The ride is short, but you go around the track twice, which is nice. It is a fun coaster and perfect for families to ride together. I personally think it's a much better coaster than the Flitzer...but then again I never really liked the Flitzer. There are some old Flitzer car bodies mounted on display in the cue line. You can purchase a picture of yourself riding the coaster in the Kong gift shop. I noticed that they removed the canopy from the first car and Gig from the rear car which is a shame because it took away from the tram car look. Also, the LED lights on the track don't follow the train like one of the technicians told us they would. They do change color and add a nice look at night. I think they are still trying to work out problems because the ride was closed again Saturday night.
The shaved ice stand finally covered up the Rita's signs and added to their menu. They now have Philadelphia Water Ice, soft and hard ice cream and hemp water ice. We've become fans of their shaved ice and they were doing very good business...much better than Rita's ever did on the boardwalk.
We won a complete set of Willy Wonka cards at Bobby Dees and Mariner's Arcade. It was our lucky day.
Still most of the games in the Boardwalk Mall arcade are broken. They should really close the whole mall.
Randy finally got his swamp coolers going in his arcade...but it was still warm in there. He did, however, have a pretty good crowd in there on Saturday and my son played for an hour on only 2 dollars!
The Cedar Avenue ramp is open, but they still have some work to do. There is only a temporary railing on the ramp and the boardwalk is still very dark there. I hope they add some more lights to make it more inviting.
We had a nice little trip...but now it's back to reality. School is starting on the 26th! We will be back for another short trip for Labor Day...but it looks like the summer is over.
Fantastic pics, thanks for posting, Warren.
Great report. Congrats on the Willy Wonka sets. They were very elusive to us. And I can't even imagine having a garbage bag full of cards at Gateway. The Tram ride does look odd without the canopy and Gig, but they had to remove it to get it to run. Maybe in the off season they can fine tune it and but it back on. We will have to ride it next year.
The chipstix at that stand are actually quite good. My son likes them and their lemonade is decent.
love the pictures as always! really gets me excited about going down tomorrow. looking forward to playing Fascination again.
I am good at Fascination aren’t I... maybe better than Randy.
we also got a 3rd Willy Wonka set at Gateway after you left
Thanks for sharing so many great photos. I love the Zombie Shark mural.
Runaway Tram Car looks nice. I'm sure a lot of people will say they don't like it better than Flitzer, but I don't think the two can be compared- they're very different rides. I think the use of the old Flitzer car bodies and the placement of the small train under the ride are both nice touches.
Hemp water ice? I'm oddly intrigued.