DARK IN THE PARK

"MEMORIES OF WILDWOOD, NEW JERSEY"

FUN PIER

Fun Pier, which was located at Young Street, was always a mysterious place to us.  Since it was so far south from our motel, my parents never liked to go to it.  When they did allow us to ride the rides on the pier, we were always disappointed.  I still remember when we rode the Lost World ride.  Despite its elaborate facade on the outside, the inside contained nothing except plants and a green trash can.  I also remember riding the pier's Scrambler that was powered by an old tractor engine.  It seemed faster than traditional Scramblers, but the diesel fumes were sickening.  And finally, Fun Pier was home to Frankensteinís Castle.  We only witnessed this ride in operation once during our visits to the pier.  It had a huge Frankensteinís monster on the outside and live actors could be seen running around on the second floor of the attraction.  Although my dad offered to take us into the castle, we chickened out and said that we would ride it some other day.  I regret that decision because we never had the opportunity to ride it ever again.  After that year, the ride would never reopen and would turn into a dilapidated mess at the end of the pier.  Most of the pier, including Frankensteinís Castle would succumb to fire in the 1980s.  

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VIDEO Click to see a rare 8mm home movie of Fun Pier from 1982.  The camera pans the entire pier and ends on Frankenstein's Castle.  The movie was taken by Mike Vlkovic.

The pier is now owned by the Morey family and is named Wild Wheels Pier.  The only remaining structures from the pierís past are the pole for the old observation tower and the building that housed the Jungle Land ride.   

 

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