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A Morey’s Piers App?

March 9, 2012 by Tim Samson in

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What on earth does Avon, Colorado have to do with an amusement park? Well it actually has quite a bit to do with an amusement park. Avon is home to Beaver Creek Ski Resort, which is part of Vail resorts. Ski Resorts are like amusement parks but for the off-season. They have many of the same challenges, such as when the weather is great everyone wants to go and when it’s not well…people would rather stay in.

Vail Resorts also boast a super cool application for your iPhone called EPIC Mix, which allows users to upload photos and it also keeps track of your “stats” such as the lifts and runs you visit and how many feet you ski. The app is so cool that we started to talk about the fact that we’d really like to have an app some day for the piers, so we just had to go check it out. Well first things first, I thought, let me go get some intel on what is going on. I quickly learned that you really can’t see what’s going on; you have to experience it.

This is where it gets interesting because I have NEVER been skiing before in my life, but how hard could it be? Jack said he would teach me (this could have possibly been a mistake in hindsight).

So the next day, Jack and I took Rory for a walk just up the mountain a bit. It was great and had some pretty amazing views, so I was pumped to ski down, but I didnt know what I was getting myself into. Rory tried to knock me down…

We got all the gear on (which I had to rent, borrow and steal). Sean came down in his Spyder outfit, so of course Jack says, “Oh Spyder… makes you go faaaast!” and we all had a little laugh, then off to the mountain we went. I was under the impression that Jack was going to teach me on the ground, but nope… let’s go to the top of the mountain. Jack, Karen, Sean and myself ventured up the lift to the top of Arrowhead (at this point I saw my life flash before my eyes, but after all Jack is my boss so I just kept reminding myself, I trust him, I trust him, I think). So I made it off the ski lift and looked pretty good at the top of the mountain. See exhibit A.

We got off to a rough start, which got a little rougher, but both Jack and Sean are patient teachers. I kept falling down or nearly running into trees (see exhibit B). But we kept trying over and over again, and eventually I learned how to get myself back up and I became pretty good at falling…

At some point, Jack gave up and said, I’ll be right back I’m just going to take a few runs with Karen.

We never saw him again. I tried for a bit longer and, after making almost no progress down the hill and seeing my life flash before my eyes for the third time as a did a head over heels flip, I decided skiing may not be for me (maybe snowboarding).

I was going to walk down the rest of the way when a very nice and petite early 20ish woman, pulling a sled with a 3 year old in it stopped and asked if i needed a ride down to which I replied, “I’m fine.” She informed me that she received several calls from Ski patrol that I may need help down, so I got in the back of the sled and rode down the mountain in shame pretending to have an injury to save face. For my own ego I didn’t take any pics of the ride down.

All in all, I almost died, learned that apparently I am not good at skiing, and with the right technology any activity can make a pretty cool app. So I took away some ideas, but my question to you is, if Morey’s had an app, what would you want it to do?

Comments

Kym Ohmacht says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I’d want a Morey’s App to tell us what’s going on when and where.  Oh and what’s the weather like in Wildwood.

Danny Cooney says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

i would like an app to track how many of all the rides you have been on, as well as being able to rate each one!

Josh says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

For 1 I would want it to be free. 2 It should contain a map and list of all rides with thrill level, ticket requirement, most popular, etc. and if you show how long each wait is for each ride in real time that would be awesome. I think those should be the basics.

John Stein says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I would like to see a Morey’s App that;
1- kept you informed as to what events were happening on the piers and the basic hours of opening and closing for each of the water parks and piers.  (that is one thing that can be somewhat confusing as it stands)
2- could be “user interactive” and real time so you could know if there were long lines/waits for various rides.
3- gave those season pass holders some “inside” info as to special events.
4- kept track of the number of rides you have ridden.

Just some of my ideas.

Tsamson says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I think this is a great idea! That’s kind of the idea that they use at Vail resorts, only they are tracking what lifts you use,!

Tsamson says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I think it should be free as well! Some of the other info that you mentioned will be available on the mobile version of our new website that we will be launching right around memorial day! I like the ride wait time idea as well, not sure that we can really measure it, the wait times are usually pretty short compared to other parks, at least when i go outside to ride.

Tsamson says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Were working on a season pass member only newsletter that will go out monthly during the summer and have lots of great contests, giveaways and new perks!

Nikki says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

It should be a list of rides with how many tickets they are,  how long of a wait (for the longer wait time rides), if a ride is closed it would be nice to know ahead of time, and you should be able to check the ride off the list once you have ridden it.  The weather would be great and a list of events and times. maybe the tide schedule too. Local coupons and discounts would be an awesome bonus!!! I also think the app should be free

Nikki says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I think you should allow not just season pass holders but maybe annual visitors as well. I am too far to have season passes but I do make it a point to visit wildwood and your piers every summer for at least a week.

Alexa says:

March 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I agree. It should also have weather, and Morey’s Piers events. I think everyone would love for it to be free. I would LOVE to see Morey’s Piers to have an app!! (:

ron tullie says:

March 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

quoting John Stein says:
March 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm
I would like to see a Morey’s App that;
1- kept you informed as to what events were happening on the piers and the basic hours of opening and closing for each of the water parks and piers. (that is one thing that can be somewhat confusing as it stands)
2- could be “user interactive” and real time so you could know if there were long lines/waits for various rides.
3- gave those season pass holders some “inside” info as to special events.
4- kept track of the number of rides you have ridden.

also maybe a way to reserve a ride time like speedpass in disney…just my 2 cents… i used to live there year round from 79 - 97

Sandman says:

March 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I would suggest the following:

Any shows or performances and their times (the stilt walkers, etc)
Ability to reload ticket cards
Bathroom locations
First aid locations
Ticket locations
Web cam locations so you can wave to your friends back home

I agree line times are short so it may not be necessary to list but I wouldn’t like the Fast Pass lines where people move ahead like Disney has.  This is a family run resort, not a big corporation.  I like the comfortable feel here.

I like the ideas listed blow that were already mentioned. 

• It should be free.
• It should contain a map and list of all rides with thrill level, ticket requirement
• Map of all ride locations and the ability to track what you went on, maybe that ride darkens on the list of available rides, something to try and hit all
• List rides open and closed
• Wait times where people on line can update as well
• Weather and tides
• Events and times
• Piers and water park hours with updates if water park closes for lightening or some reason
• Local coupons and discounts
• Something for season ticket holders
• Rider reviews

Darren says:

March 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Let people know when the quiet times are (beneficial for us with smaller children)
Offer occasion specials and giveaways for users of the app
Perhaps webcams on the piers

Wildwood Girl says:

March 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I agree with EVERYONE who wrote before me. I would LOVE the app for MANY reasons. Most of which are listed above. I feel it would be so beneficial for EVERYONE…guests, families & workers alike. I also STRONGLY agree that the app should be free. I hope this can be put into place. HOW AWESOME WOULD IT BE TO HAVE AN APP FOR MOREY’S PIERS!!!!!! IT WOULD BE LOVED BY ALL!!!!!!!!! grin))))))

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July 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

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July 29, 2012 at 12:01 am

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