California Coastin’ Part 2

Everybody loves Disney. With most of our visitors here in Wildwood also making the journey to Orlando, including myself many times over the past several years, I also find it just as exciting to visit Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim. I was lucky enough to spend 4…

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California Coastin’ 2011 Part 1

March 4, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, one of the great ways to spend time between playoff weekends is to travel to exotic locations and check out some parks. In January, I flew to California to visit one of our former engineers from here at Morey’s Piers, Steve V., who now works at Disneyland…

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A Family Affair

March 2, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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Morey’s Piers has been a great place for me to work, so over the years I’ve encouraged my family members to be a part of the Morey’s team, too.  Way back when (in the 90s) when we first start hosting casino picnics I recruited my mom and aunt to help wristband and welcome guests.  …

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A Family Affair

March 2, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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Morey’s Piers has been a great place for me to work, so over the years I’ve encouraged my family members to be a part of the Morey’s team, too.  Way back when (in the 90s) when we first start hosting casino picnics I recruited my mom and aunt to help wristband and welcome guests.  …

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A Family Affair

March 2, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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Morey’s Piers has been a great place for me to work, so over the years I’ve encouraged my family members to be a part of the Morey’s team, too.  Way back when (in the 90s) when we first start hosting casino picnics I recruited my mom and aunt to help wristband and welcome guests.  …

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5 Secrets from an Event Planner – Weddings

February 26, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore in Events

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Secrets from an Event Planner – Weddings Everyone is an event planner at some point or another. You may not think about it, but you are – Birthdays, Graduations & Weddings, for example. So, being a professional event planner I am going to share some secrets with you in my next…

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25° in the Shade

Although  it’s February and  25° in the shade, instead of the desired 96° in the shade that we all seem too long for this time of year,  I am still thinking about Summer time food.  So much so, that I will be at a fundraiser:  The 10th Annual South Jersey’s Men R’ Cookin’; Hats…

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Where am I?

February 15, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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Ever wake up in the morning and forget what state you’re in? This time of year…I do. Scouting visits, conventions and trade shows are keeping me away from good old Wildwood! So far this year I have visited: New Jersey (South to North and everywhere in between) Pennsylvania (2…

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February on the Pier

February 11, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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I’ve been told that I have the best office space in the entire admin building here on Mariner’s Landing Pier, and I have to agree.  When I look past the edge of my desk I can see an amazing assortment of rides full of life and laughter in the summer, but eerily quiet this time of…

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What Do We Do All Winter?  Part 3

I’m back with another installment in my attempt to provide you with a peek of what goes on at Morey’s Piers during these cold, windy and in recent years, SNOWY months between October and April.  Today, I’ll be focusing on our Attractions Maintenance department.…

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Family Traditions

February 3, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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Working at Morey’s Piers has it share of perks and privileges, not the least of which is season passes for our family.  As of mother of four, this benefit has been especially nice.  Not only do my kids get to enjoy the amusement piers and water parks at their leisure, which is a cool…

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What time is the 3:00 parade?

The title of this post “What time is the 3:00 parade?” is taken from Disney lore and is touted as being the most frequently asked question in the Magic Kingdom.  It may sound stupid, but it’s really not.  When a Guest asks this question, they really want to…

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The World’s Fair…..”Hey, Where’s the Ferris Wheel?” - Jack Morey

January 24, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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After reading Devil in the White City (Amazon), a book about the 1893 Chicago World Exposition, I became intrigued with the concept and strategic purpose for World’s Fairs.  A colleague named Jim Futrell, an amusement historian, was instrumental in educating me about the significance of…

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The Lights of Hong Kong - Jack Morey

January 19, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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Lights, camera, action…and don’t forget the lasers and all the buildings making up the unbelievable skyline of Hong Kong!  You thought Vegas was a spectacle, you gotta see Hong Kong during the 8pm daily light show.  YouTube does not do it justice, but please go ahead and try. …

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National Pride of the Chinese and Feeling like a Freak in Shanghai - Jack Morey

January 12, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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  I must thank my wife, Karen, for contributing to this blog as she was actually the first one to recognize the national pride of the Chinese. In America it seems more common to see foreigners posing for pictures at our national landmarks.  In China, the local citizens gleamed…

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What Do We Do All Winter?  Part 2

January 11, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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As I stated in an earlier post, the common myth for all seasonal amusement parks, like Morey’s Piers, is that upon closing for the winter, we all fly to Florida for a vacation that runs until the week before we open. We return, sweep up, and we’re ready to go for opening day. As you…

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First Ever Wooden Roller Coaster in China - Jack Morey

January 7, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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While in Shanghai visiting Expo 2010 (essentially the World’s Fair), I took the opportunity to visit Happy Valley theme park to ride, or as we researchers like to say, “test drive” the first wooden roller coaster ever built in China.  Since returning I have asked many people when…

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It’s SHOW Time!

December 3, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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This isn’t part of Dino’s series of “What do we do in the winter”, but it is part of what the Group Services Department does in the winter.  Every November members of our department attend the NJEA Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center to begin what we like to call our…

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What Do We Do All Winter? (Part 1)

November 2, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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This is the start of a series of blogs that will finally, once and for all, answer the question “What do you guys at Morey’s Piers do all winter?” The common misconception for all seasonal amusement parks, like Morey’s Piers, is that upon closing for the winter, we all fly…

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10-10-10

10-10-10 marked many things to different people, weddings, birthdays and parties but to us it was Morey’s Piers Closing Day Celebration 2010. The weather was beautiful in Wildwood, a nice 75 degrees without a cloud in the sky. And what did we do to celebrate? Discount wristbands, free…

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It’s Wedding Season!

September 9, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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Love is in the air here at Morey’s Piers! For the first time ever, we orchestrated a classic seaside wedding on Friday, August 27 at 6pm. With beautiful weather on our side, we transformed our picnic area into an enchanted destination with watermelon pink and chocolate linens, soft white…

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And away they go!

February 25, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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More recruiting in different countries! While Lauren and John made it back safely from their travels, Denise and Maggie are off and going and have a full plate of countries to get to! Taipei, Taiwan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hong Kong Beijing, China Guangzhou, China We wish them safe travels…

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Pier Operations Department Growing Once Again…

February 24, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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It’s that time of year, where we start seeing the familiar faces of summer. With less than 40 days until Opening Day (37 to be exact) it’s time to get the fire burning. Seasonal Managers and Supervisors have arrived once again to get ready for the opening deadline of April 3rd. DUN DUN…

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9 States in 4 days!

February 22, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore in Events

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The Events & Entertainment Department here at the piers (AKA myself and Nick Lassor) were very busy last week! We visited over 50 Scout Councils in 9 different states distributing information for our Beach Jam and Beach Bop Scouting Events! Nick went as far south as Maryland and as far…

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Around the World…

February 15, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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Two of our associates are out of the country (not just out of the office) recruiting staff for this summer. John and Lauren have been all over this month, literally – Cairo, Egypt Amman, Jordan Istanbul, Turkey Pristina, Kosovo Kiev, Ukraine Moscow, Russia St. Petersburg, Russia…

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BLIZZARD #2

February 10, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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The weather outside is frightful but the pier is so delightful and since there’s no place to go we’ll prepare for the summer in the snow! As the second BLIZZARD of the week is upon us and Wildwood struggles with keeping electric and plowing the snow, we are here getting ready to open for…

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Ride Inspections in 3 Feet Snow

It’s a snowy day at the piers but life, I mean inspections, must go on. With our opening day quickly approaching (53 days to be exact) some of our rides are scheduled to be inspected by the state within the next few days. So, with three feet of snow, what do we do? Cancel? No, our…

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Thai Students Have Arrived!

January 26, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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With the Mariner’s Landing Opening being right around the corner (7 days to be exact), our first students arrived this week. 38 students from Thailand will begin their training on Monday morning and start working this weekend through Memorial Day Weekend. These students are the reason we…

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Morey’s Piers wins the 2010 American Coaster Enthusiasts New Jersey Golden Nugget Award

January 22, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore in Awards

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We were awarded the FIRST ever Golden Nugget Award by ACE New Jersey on January 9th at the Winter Oasis Event hosted by Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park (I know this is late news)! What is this? This award was named in honor of our very own Golden Nugget (now at its new home at…

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Shovel, Shovel, Shovel

January 11, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore

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ALL Men on Deck! It’s time to shovel! Our facilities and maintenance departments and even our office staff are outside shoveling to make sure we still meet deadlines for various projects. They shoveled to make sure we could all get to work safely…Thanks Guys! And are shoveling out rides…

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What Am I, Where am I From??

It’s a busy Easter!

January 4, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore in Events

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Everyone is out on Mariner’s Landing to enjoy the beautiful weather combined with the Easter Holiday and awesome rides! Check out our live Weather Bug Cam, and see for yourself! Happy Easter and see you at the Shore, Kristel what perscribed is phentermine for local sources…

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Easter Day Celebration

January 4, 2010 by Kristel Fillmore in Events

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Hippidy Hop Hop…Hippidy Hop Hop! The Easter Bunny is here today at Noon! Here’s a list of today’s Easter Festivities: Pick an Easter Egg for a chance to Win: A $500 Savings Bond VIP Pass to Morey’s Piers A $25 Gift Certificate to Jumbo’s And other Fabulous…

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Exactly 24 hours…

...Until we open! This time tomorrow you can ride the rides on Opening Day 2010! Talk about bragging rights, right? Be the first to ride the Giant Wheel, Sea Serpent, Super Scooters and anything else on Mariner’s Landing. And don’t forget our Easter Day Celebration on Sunday…

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What’s Behind The Winter Fence?

November 19, 2009 by Kristel Fillmore

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If you come up to the boardwalk in the winter, you will see a fence at the front of each our piers…Do you wonder what we are doing behind the winter fence? Well, here’s just a taste of what we are doing from a few of our departments: Recruiting – Two of our associates just got back…

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Golden Nugget Farewell Receives a Brass Ring Award at IAAPA

November 17, 2009 by Kristel Fillmore in Awards, Events

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Last night in Las Vegas, we were very happy to learn that the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) honored us with a Brass Ring Award for our Golden Nugget Farewell ceremony as “Best Special Event.” The real honor of the Brass Ring goes to the more than…

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Calling All Teachers!

November 4, 2009 by Kristel Fillmore in News

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Visit us tomorrow and Friday during NJEA at booth number 2219! We are happy to announce our Education ExtravaGREENza among our other school program favorites of Class Trips and School FUNdraiser! Stop by and mention this blog for a special gift and our 2010 School Programs Brochure! See you…

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Special Events in 2010…Look what we have in store for you

October 30, 2009 by Kristel Fillmore in Events

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While we will still have your old time favorites such as Easter Sunday and our Super Sunday Closing Day Celebration…we are filling up your plates with even more then our regular special events line up. Look for Music in the Parks, Education ExtravaGREENza, Beach Lacrosse and some other…

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Bringing the BLOG back from the dead…End of the Season Fun!

October 20, 2009 by Kristel Fillmore

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PHEW! It’s been a long time! We’re not good at this yet, but we are working hard to make this blog more active! We had a very busy shoulder season bringing scouts camping at Beach Jam, soccer kids and a SUPER Sunday Closing Day Event plus an end of the season party for our staff.…

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Farewell to the Golden Nugget

On a frigid cold day in January we said good bye to the Golden Nugget with over 1,100 guests, countless memories and tons of pictures. Here are some of those memories: The Golden Nugget was one of those great attractions. It was a joint venture of two giants of the industry, John Allen of…

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Giving New Meaning to a Book Launch!

January 7, 2009 by Kristel Fillmore in Events

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David “The Bullet” Smith gave new meaning to the term ‘book launch’ when he carried a copy of “A Wild Ride” on his own wild ride from inside a 36-foot cannon on the Wildwood boardwalks to a net over Morey’s Pier on Thursday afternoon. View David…

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IAAPA 2008

November 26, 2008 by Kristel Fillmore in Awards

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The amusement industry trade association of IAAPA (the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) holds a yearly Expo where leadership from parks around the world converge to attend educational seminars and see what’s new in our industry. This year, the event was held at…

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I Know What You’re Thinking

October 24, 2008 by Kristel Fillmore

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I know what you’re thinking, that we must be sitting back and taking it easy since the Piers and Waterparks are closed…yes, I understand, it’s a common thought, but mark my word, this is not the case at all…In Events and Entertainment, we’re planning new events and using our…

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Yummy and NOW Healthy – Dippin’ Dots

Now you can have your cake (I mean Dippin’ Dots) and eat it to! We are now serving No Sugar Added Vanilla and Trans Fat Free Cookies and Cream at our Dippin’ Dot stands. So, of course I had to try it and you can’t even tell the difference. Go ahead and have some but don’t feel…

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Thursdays are Family Fiesta Day

Family Night has been a long standing tradition on the Wildwoods’ Boardwalk complete with rides, parades and good family fun! But now we are offering a fiesta twist on the normal tradition. Picture this: A three pier all-you-can-ride daytime wristband good until 6 PM for ONLY $30…

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4th of July is Finally Here

What combines rides, waterparks, Boardwalk food and fireworks? 4th of July weekend in Wildwood of course! What’s your perfect 4th of July? I’ll tell you mine…waterpark in the morning, beach in the afternoon, rides at night and then the fireworks! Not to mention a slice of Jumbo’s…

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WeatherBug Now Live

June 24, 2008 by Kristel Fillmore in News

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Everyone always wants to know the weather, and now you can see it live right here on Mariner’s Landing! It might be raining in AC and sunny here and now you will know for sure. Yesterday, the installers were here setting it up on the roof and today we have a live link! It’s like magic!…

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Morey’s Piers Remain Open with Minimal Damage Following Fire

June 17, 2008 by Kristel Fillmore in News

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On Monday, June 16, Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks opened as usual following an early morning fire on Morey’s Mariners Landing Pier. The fire which started sometime after 1:00 AM in the vicinity of the Super Scooters, Mini Scooters, and the Seal Flume rides was quickly brought…

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Beach Bop…A Beach Jam Spin Off

Last Saturday marked the first ever Beach Bop Scouting Event (a mini Beach Jam for the little ones)…The piers and Raging Waters Waterpark were full of Cub Scouts, Daisies and Brownies, and boy were they having fun! The day began with some fun at the waterpark…then an ecology workshop by…

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Over 8,000 Scouts Raise Over One Ton of Food

Over 8,000 Scouts Raise Over One Ton of Food Last weekend marked the start of our 2008 scouting events with 8,000 scouts and their leaders camping on the Wildwood Beach! With activities from a beach bonfire to Oceanography Merit Badge Workshops, and of course the rides (including the…

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