Greetings from the Ghost Ship

Greetings all, I hope this nifty little missive finds you well.

It’s great to be back up on the pier, getting my hands dirty back in Ghost Ship (theoretically dirty… I have delicate skin so I often wear gloves. Suede when possible) as we prepare for a banner 2012 season.

I was recently “asked” to tap out a little blog post to give you all an update on the doings back here on the Ignis Fatuus for you to enjoy on these here Interwebs should you so choose (and by “asked” I mean a couple of guys in black hats and Morey’s Piers trench coats STRONGLY URGED I do so, so… here we are).

After a long winter hanging out with my super boring wife and kids bonding with my family, it feels great to be up on the boards, back among the screeching gulls, howling winds, and all manner of fuzzy life form that has sprung up in the ship since last I haunted her rusty innards. (What can I say? I’m a Ghost Ship guy; I enjoy weird things, so sue me…). And the changes we have in store are, and I don’t want to sound too hyperbolic, THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF EVER!

Am I overselling?

Regardless, our Ghost Ship construction crew, which consists of ace carpenter Mike Monaghan and 6 of his imaginary friends, have been hard at work like elves cobbling shoes. Or is that Elvis cobbling shoes? I am easily confused.

As ever, I don’t wish to give too much away, but we think you’ll find the Ghost Ship experience quite a bit more immersive and entertaining with the changes we’ve undergone. It’s like a new face-lift, if a face-lift was meant to make you look older and uglier and scarier.

We’ve added some new rooms, reconfigured old ones, and have vastly altered the show for this season. As a guy who has been here since the inception of Ghost Ship (or have I? See what I did there? Inception joke… but I digress) I kid you not when I say the attraction today bears almost no resemblance to the attraction we opened in 2010. It is 100% better, and it was pretty awful good when we opened.

But the Morey’s, never being ones to cool their heels, are never satisfied; good enough is never good enough. So they flew me all over the world (well, to parts of Europe) last year, and to other, closer to home places to research, learn, and develop new techniques by which to deliver incredible scares, elicit many scream, evoke a lot of laughter, and, most importantly, create great memories.

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting some video blogs (Vlogs as we say in parlance of the biz) to give you some idea what we’ve been working on. But the only way to truly experience it is to chow down some funnel cake, take a big swig of Curley’s Orangeade, pull up your boot straps and walk through the dang thing. Takes about 15 minutes, we hope it feels like 30.

So that’s all for now. More coming later. Be well and can’t wait to see you all up here in a few weeks.

Terry O’Brien

Head Ghoul

Ghost Ship


John says:

March 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

Where is this ghost ship located, it sound like some scary fun

Bobby says:

April 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

The ghost ship is great, but it just doesn’t compare to the haunted attractions at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights or Knott’s Scary Farm. The sets in the ghost ship are great, but the actors are horrible! Nearly every time I go through, there are barely any actors, maybe 3 or 4, and they are horrible at scaring. They seem board or tired all the time. I went through with my little cousin and he didn’t even flinch. When I go through a Halloween Horror Nights maze for example, there are actors around every corner and are great at scarring. The Ghost Ship is cool, but not scary at all. Morey’s Piers needs to rase the bar by a lot to make it scary!

David Geiser says:

April 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

Hey Bobby,
If you hate it so much, why do you keep going back?  Putz.
I am looking forward to going.

Kim says:

April 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Terry - great blog !  Eight of our family went through this past Saturday and it was great - very scary and the rat room was a great surpise.  A tad expensive for a “ride” but we all walked away feeling like we got our monies worth.  My favorite ride at the shore.

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