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Postby TheArchfiend » Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:27 pm

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Are the beaches at Wildwood, Ocean City, Seaside Heights, and Atalntic City still open? I'm going down there very soon.

*BREAKING NEWS* The budget deal has literally just been reached so all the shores will reopen by tomorrow. Hooray!

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Postby peteb » Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:30 pm

More condo development in NJ is not "what the people want" it's what the builders want because they can build shoddy overpriced homes and walk away with a boatload of money. It's irresponsible to build homes out on a pier; didn't this guy here of Katrina? We get some pretty powerful noreasters in NJ. The local government will most likely try to stop this but unfortnately large developers like Toll Brothers have way too much money and political lobby be stopped in NJ .

How about a shopping mall too while we're at it?

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Postby DerekRx » Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:53 pm

^Yes, that sounds terrific! Let's put the shopping mall on the ground floor of all the condos. That's exactly what Jersey and New York people want, to be able to vacation and get the same crap they can get at their own local malls.

Who the heck is going to want to buy a crappy condo ON the ocean IN New Jersey, the mafia so they can dump the bodies faster?

I hope this doesn't mean the Sawmill is also going bye-bye, that pizza is the shizzle!
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Postby Bubba Z » Thu Jul 06, 2006 6:22 pm

These changes won't be happening anytime soon, you have at least two more years to get the credits. I'll miss the Flashback Arcade more than the pier itself.

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"Pirate's Hideaway" New for Casino Pier, NJ

Postby ECZenith » Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:37 pm

Hey all,

I just got back from a 3 day trip down the Jersey Shore and SFNJ and while at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, I noticed a new coaster was under construction on the left side of the pier.

"Pirate's Hideaway" will open later this summer. So far half of the show building is up, and about half the trackwork, but there is still a ways to go as far as theming/etc. There was a sign posted in front of the site showing concept art and it looked pretty impressive!

Some of you may remember the "Wizard's Cavern" which was an unusual dark ride/coaster hybrid that started with a spiral lift hill and featured indoor and outdoor sections, with track elements including small bunny hops and a couple of decent sized drops. PH will be located on the former site of this ride.

According to, Wizard's Cavern openined in 1988 as "love Bugs" and was relocated many times before that before falling victim to the wrecking ball in 2003. I actually mangaed to get POV video of this strange coaster the year before it was wrecked, and once I get it set up, I'll post it here.

Why is this important? This new ride is VERY similar in layout to the aforementioned WC, and that old ride was special to me for some reason.

I took only a couple of photos as I was limited on memory in the camera, and I'll post them here later, just wanted to get the news out. I spoke with a Casino Pier employee who took me to the area where the pirate ship themed coaster cars are kept. (Got a photo of those too) He told me the ride should be ready in a couple of months and all parts were on site.

Great news if you liked that old bizzare coaster... So good to see a remake. Photos will be posted soon.
"Pirate's Hideaway" is a remake of the old "Wizard's Cavern" which was lost in 2003. Photo credit Erik Sakowski -
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Postby PhillyFlash65 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:06 pm

Hey Zenith!

I can even remember when that ride existed in Palisades Park. It was about 1970 and they called it the Love Bug. It was painted all psychedelic
colors. It rocked! The first drops were similiar( but more intense) to a haunted house layout that was common then, but then the indoor dark coaster blew away any lame neon black-lit theming.

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Postby HCOSurfer90 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:13 pm

I remember that ride from when I was around 4. It was one of my first "big" coasters along with the now removed Jet Star. Gosh I havent been there in so long, but now since my aunt moved by there, I can finally go there for the first time in 10 years.

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Postby chaos » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:33 pm

I didn't even know that ride existed, but I'm glad they're bringing it back. It looks cool.

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Postby Astat » Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:48 am

Wizard's Cavern...wasn't that the old Broadway Trip at Cedar Point? Wow, that's like mid-1960's, that ride lasted a long time for a coaster that travelled that much.

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Postby DerekRx » Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:04 am

^Yup, Wizards Cavern used to be Lovebug at Palisades, and before that it was Broadway Trip at CP. There were pictures of it in the CP museum.

Glad they're bringing a similar ride back to the area, though I'm curious how "ready" it will be for summer, since the summer is pretty much more than half over.

Looking forward to the construction pictures.
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