Thank you for your patience and understanding

June 15, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore in


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this most difficult time.

Since the founding of Morey’s Piers in 1969 we have had the privilege of entertaining over 100 million guests and have never before experienced a guest tragedy of this nature. Our family of dedicated professionals remains in emotional pain. We recognize however that our pain can in no way compare to that of the Jones Family and our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has finalized their preliminary investigation into this tragedy and has concluded that there were no mechanical or operational deficiencies on the ferris wheel. The DCA’s report however recommends that single riders no longer be permitted. We strive to be at the forefront of safety initiatives and as a result, we will incorporate their recommendation into our policy and procedures upon opening of the ride in the next several days.

The events of June 3rd, 2011 will be permanently engraved in our memories. They cannot and will not be forgotten. As a team and family we must however embrace a path forward. We will do so humbly and respectfully, but at the same time will not forget our mission, which is “To Provide a Spectacular Family Recreation Experience in an Exceptionally Safe, Clean, Friendly, and Unique Environment.” Our commitment to this mission will not yield.

Will and Jack Morey
On behalf of the Morey Family and the entire Morey Staff


nita says:

June 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

I think u need a better trainned operator,me, my daughters n her friend went on the ride in april and was scary exprience, we stuck up in the middle of the ride for more then 20mins, I can’t imagined how 11yrs old have the patient,  maybe she tried to get out…..

Dolores Rementer says:

June 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

The Wildwood skyline has not been the same with the darkened ferris wheel. Yes it was a sad event on June 3rd, but who would have known a child of 11 would get in a position on the ferris wheel to put herself in danger. Hindsight is 20/20, perhaps with the addition of the new rule of no solo riders accidents like this will be prevented.  We’ve purchased season passes for my daughter and grandaughter every Christmas for quite a few years now, if we felt the rides were unsafe we would not have made gifts of the passes.  My daughter Felicia Zimmerman was interviewed on channel 40 news and stated that she feels Morey’s takes every precaution to ensure their rides are safe, I totally agree.  It is their business and for it to strive the Morey family must make sure all is safe for families to enjoy.
I wish the Morey family the best of luck with overcoming this tragedy, and I send prayers and condolences to the Jones family for their great loss.

JS says:

June 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

Ferris Wheels always stop a the top.  Its part of the ride.  I feel for the family in this tragic ACCIDENT but that’s what it was, an ACCIDENT.  I love Morey’s Piers and will continue to enjoy the rides for years to come =)

michelle cunningham says:

June 15, 2011 at 9:58 am

So sad about this horrible accident, my condolences to the family. As a mother of 4 children, who grew up riding the rides at Morey’s Piers, there is no doubt, nor was there ever a doubt about the safety of my children while at the amusements or water park.  I have always been very impressed by the very obvious safety standards that the Morey’s have in place at all of their piers.

Mary Ellen Candelora says:

June 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

We bring our grandchildren to Wildwood every summer to stay with us at our beach house. We come to Moreys Pier at least once a week and they know the rules “no messing around on the rides”. I am very sad for the family that lost their daughter, as I would be devastated, however, if I thought the rides were unsafe, I would not bring my grandchildren there. Looking forward to another great summer at Moreys Piers. See you soon

Chris says:

June 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

Boardwalks have the image many times of being unsafe, this is a result of the amount of mobile/temporary rides often found there but at Morey’s I have always felt that they really take safety as the highest precaution.  Hearing this story I was worried how the park’s image would be affected but this article is a sign for better things to come.

jasmine says:

June 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

I think what happend at moreys pier that day was terrible. But i’ve been getting on moreys piers rides for years and i honestly think this accident wasnt do to safty becuase it always safe .. but do to not listen to rules. although this is tragic for the family and for moreys pier but come on how do you slip out the box cart ?? like i find something wrong with that story . anywho thats my opinon and aybe this non single rider thing will work ...

Amy Mirabella says:

June 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

I am truly saddened by all this & my condolences to the Jones family.  I feel horrible for the little girl’s parents, but myself as parent of an 11 year old boy don’t think the ferris wheel operator or Morey’s could be at fault.  I spend countless days/nights on the Wildwood boardwalk every spring/summer/fall (my parent’s live in the Crest)  riding the rides with my son.  I don’t believe there is any possible way she could have fallen out if she had remained seated as you are told when you enter your gondola.  Even if they end up adding seatbelts, any 11 year old (unattended) would be able to undo a seatbelt and stand up).  I don’t think that will solve anything.  This is a tragic shame, but I do look forward to riding the ferris wheel once it’s up & running again with my son.  ~from a former ferris wheel & ride operater for Moreys (summer of 1994)

Patricia. Tartack says:

June 15, 2011 at 10:48 am

I’ve been coming to Wildwood for 55 years and always felt safe going on the rides. They are highly maintenanced.  My condolences to the family of the 11 year old. It was just a tragic accident.

Mark P. Azzolino says:

June 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

I know we are all truly saddened by the event that occurred in the past few weeks. But spending our summer vacations in the Wildwoods, and now being a parent of two children, we can see the safety policies and upkeep with your park. We have always loved the boardwalk as kids, and now seeing the faces of my children is what we work so hard for. I commend the Morey Family for their safety and maintenance programs and all the hard work to keep and make us safe. We are looking foward to another great summer at the Wildwoods and Morey Piers.. My condolences to the Jones Family on this tragic accident.

Sue Kane says:

June 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

I’m so sorry for the tragic accident that occured on your ferris wheel.  Morey’s Piers, the ride operator, and the engineers that designed the ride did everything right.  In order to fall out of a gondola, a person would have to lean out very, very far…..
I’ll be visiting Wildwood in July, and look forward to riding the rides at Morey’s Piers.

Ken says:

June 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for being my favorite vacation spot for the last 25 years. You are a class act organization in every way and will always have my support.!

Sea Serpent says:

June 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

You’re seriously complaining about the Ferris wheel being to high, Nita? Maybe you should stick to something more your level,  like the Merry-Go-Round or the kiddie version of the Scrambler.

Sea Serpent says:

June 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Morey’s Piers goes beyond the expectation for safety. I’ve been enjoying the Morey’s experience since I was a toddler… I’m now in my thirties.

Sea Serpent says:

June 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I feel the same!

Jason Harayda says:

June 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I’ve been coming to Morey’s for years, and have always been impressed with their safety and professionalism.  Your piers are world class, and bring enjoyment to millions.  I feel terrible about this incident, for the family of the victim, and for all pier employees and management.  Your piers are fun and most importantly SAFE, and ive never had reason to doubt that.  We are heading down for our first (of a few) 10 day trips to Wildwood on Friday after our son gets out of school, and look forward to enjoying all the Morey’s bring to Wildwood.

Thanks Moreys!

Melissa says:

June 16, 2011 at 1:41 am

I have going to Wildwood Crest since I am two. I am now 32. I always felt safe on the rides. I just don’t go on the ferries wheel,and roller coasters. I an afraid of heights Bit I always love watching, all the different lights colors,on the wheel. I hope it opens up again, soon.

Megan M says:

June 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

I have been a Wildwood buff, and Morey’s Piers fan since 1977. In 1977, I was on the Carousel (we have the picture). I wasn’t even 1 year old. This was just a sad accident. I concur with everyone these rides are safe. What I believe was a smart beautiful young girl did something not so smart. We all have done not so smart things in our life, unfortunely this took her life away. I hope this not deter people from coming to the piers. Those who know and have loved the piers for years know of the safety record and will come back. Those who don’t might go somewhere unaware of their record of safety, and put themselves at risk. I will support the Morey’s for years to come…

John says:

June 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Thank you Will and Jack Morey for your continued focus on families and safety.  This tragic accident will be remembered and my family and I commend you and your staff for your committment!  Someone asked me recently if I felt things were safe on Morey’s Piers.  My reply was that “I wouldn’t allow my 12yr old daughter to ride and visit the piers if I didn’t feel that they did everything they could to ensure that their guests are safe.”  That is how I feel.  God Bless!

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