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With each foot you climb, your heart starts to pound faster and faster until you stop rising 140 feet above the ground. You stay there for a second. Once you’re up there, it actually seems a little peaceful. Your heart beat slows back to normal. That is, until the drop.
Named after the first proven and “visible” black hole, first discovered in 1971, Cygnus X-1 will show you how to defy gravity. This family thrill ride promises high ""G"" excitement!
Sit back and just try to relax as you are wheeled through a gothic haunted castle complete with grisly scenes, ghastly monsters and gruesome sound effects.
Haunted decks and menacing underways aboard a really mysterious ship. How am I supposed to get a tan here? The Ghost Ship will open at 5 PM daily during peak season. Operating hours subject to change.
Grand Prix Raceway
The Grand Prix Raceway races it's way through Adventure Pier on a longer and windier wooden track. This go-kart ride is located on Morey's Adventure Pier next to the Great White Roller Coaster.
The Great Nor'Easter
Unleash the newly refurbished Great Nor’Easter roller coaster. The upgraded coaster now boasts a 95-foot drop, a sleek ocean-themed paint job and 2,170 feet of new and improved track that will deliver a smoother and faster ride for adrenaline-seeking guests.
The Great White
The Great White at Morey’s Piers is a classic out and back wooden coaster. The ride begins with an exhilarating 25-foot drop into a dark tunnel. Uhh, we’re gonna need a bigger drop. Yeah? Well you get a bigger drop, one that plummets you 105 feet at speeds faster than 50 MPH.
IT is scary as heck with twists you’ll never see coming including massive swings and spins up to 65 feet over Morey’s Piers. From that height, you’ll easily be able to spot every clown on the piers.
Remember all those times you asked mom or dad to push you higher and higher on the playground swing set and you wanted to go so high you could rocket into orbit around the earth? Well, this one won’t jettison you into space, but it will take you 70 feet in the air at a G-Force of over 4.0. How much …
The high-looping Sea Serpent takes you through not one, but two 120-foot hills and upside down not twice, but three times.
Loved this place! Went on vacation to Wildwood and spent one day here with our family including my grandchildren, ages 11, 6, and 3. They all had so much fun; didn’t want to leave! So much for them to do! Grandma loved the lazy river!! We rented a cabana for the day and Bailey, our server, was so nice! Food was good! What a great day!
Jayne M. - Tripadvisor
Morey’s Ghost Ship
The Ghost Ship has arrived at Morey’s Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey. This immersive, half-hour-long experience features multiple costumed actors and animatronics spread across a labyrinth of interconnecting decks and walkways.
The action takes place inside a 150-foot-long (45-metre) cargo ship named Ignis Fatuus, which has apparently crash-landed into Morey’s Mariner’s Landing Pier. Spread across 14,000 square feet, the walk-through covers two levels, the upper deck open to the sky. The experience lasts nearly 30 minutes, or about 10 times the average length of a typical walk-through attraction.
We built the Ghost Ship where the original Seaport miniature golf course had been located. Our father, Will Morey Snr, and architect Fred Langford, dreamed that up in the early ’80s,” notes Morey’s Piers president Will Morey. “We decided to get back into the custom-built, classic boardwalk attractions business.”
“Our guests have been telling us they want two things more than anything else …rollercoasters and dark rides,” adds executive vice-president Jack Morey. “We have a great attraction here. We hope it will have a positive impact on both guest satisfaction and attendances.”
The Ghost Ship took two years to design and six months to build, at a cost of approximately $3 million. More than 100 workers were involved in its construction. Spread across 14,000 square feet, there are 15 “scare boxes” and numerous props. At any one time there are between eight and 10 actors roaming the ship to startle guests.
“We cannot thank those who worked on this project enough,” offers Jack Morey. “From concept artists, architects, writers, special effects experts, actors, and artisans to carpenters, electricians, steel workers and labourers, numerous trades came together.”
Together with Jack Morey, lead project designer Russell Betheau and local author Terry O’Brien explored several themes including aliens, crab people, cyborgs and meteors before settling on the Philadelphia Experiment. The Ghost Ship and its back-story are based on a bit of Latin wordplay and the famous conspiracy theory about an experiment that supposedly made a US naval ship invisible in 1943.
The Ghost Ship’s name, Ignis Fatuus, has two meanings. It is either a flitting phosphorescent light believed to be due to the spontaneous combustion of gas from decaying organic matter, or something misleading.
“A good haunt or scare will always be popular, but when you add live actors the attraction, well …it just sort of comes alive,” says Jack. “The experience is always different. So far our guests seem to be in awe over the sheer size of the attraction and find the actors to be both hilarious and sinister. A perfect combination if you ask me!”
Jack couldn’t resist joining the cast, however briefly. “Going through at night is definitely scarier than the day and is my favourite time to try my own hand at acting. There are several outstanding parts of the attraction, but I would have to say my favourite is one that was not even planned. It is in the wheelhouse section, but I do not want to give it away so you will have to see it for yourself. Another favourite might be the gallery or the exploding toilet scene …it’s really gross, but funny.”
Make no mistake; Ghost Ship is a unique attraction, the kind that has been missing from New Jersey’s parks for years. It recalls the macabre pirate ship Skua that once challenged visitors to Hunts Pier. The Jersey Shore has a rich history of elaborate dark walk-throughs. At one time there were three large haunted walk-throughs. These included the Haunted Mansion in Long Branch, which burned down in 1987, the Brigantine Castle in Brigantine that closed in 1984 and Wildwood’s Castle Dracula that burned down in 2002. Because of this history of blazes in such attractions, Ghost Ship has a state-of-the-art fire system including sprinklers throughout. Morey’s Piers also currently operates several smaller dark attractions (see panel). Beach goers obviously love dark rides.
“One of the reason park guests want dark walk-throughs is that there are just so few of them now,” notes Jack Morey. “What started as a classic seaside attraction has evolved to overly mechanised and somewhat predictable attractions. Part of what makes Morey’s Piers special is the fact that much of the environment feels like a big street theatre. By building a walk-through with live actors, we add to the uniqueness of the street theatre.”
Unlike many of the dark attractions introduced in recent years, Ghost Ship recalls a bygone era; it’s old school. “From a technological standpoint,” Jack Morey admits, “there is no doubt that dark attractions have improved tremendously. I hate to sound old-fashioned, but as far as I am concerned, technology could never replace human interaction. I think there will always be a market for new technology, but I do not think it will replace the experience of human interaction. It will just make human interaction better.”
Throughout the construction process, Morey was secretive about what the attractions would be. It was a stroke of genius as the intrigue raised the curiosity level of prospective visitors. “This was one of the most challenging attractions we have ever built,” Jack acknowledges. “Perhaps the hardest part was attempting to continually shroud the facade as it started to grow beyond what was reasonably shroud-able. In the end we simply abandoned the big red shrouds as it was interfering with completing the attraction on time.”
Considering adding a similar attraction at your park? “This venture is not for the faint of heart,” warns Jack Morey. “Had we not had an existing piece of infrastructure to start with I do not think it would have been possible.”
Morey’s Piers have never remained open as late as Halloween, but with the Ghost Ship, will they reconsider? “At this point,” admits Jack Morey, “we are in the thinking stage regarding a possible Halloween event.”
Located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey, the Morey’s three amusement piers have been family owned and operated since 1969. Together Mariner’s Landing, Surfside Pier and Adventure Pier feature over 100 rides and attractions. The operation also includes two beachfront waterparks, Ocean Oasis at Surfside Pier and Raging Waters at Schellenger Avenue, and several lodging and dining opportunities.
Convenient to the major population centres of the North Eastern United States, including New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore, Morey’s Piers combines the joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, and fine accommodations with the rhythm of beach life.
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WILDWOOD - Jack Morey really wants to show you the exploding toilet. He wants to show you how he can take a cleaver and - pow! - chop the head off a squirting rubber chicken. ("We tell the kids they're seagulls," he says.)
WILDWOOD - Jack Morey really wants to show you the exploding toilet.
He wants to show you how he can take a cleaver and - pow! - chop the head off a squirting rubber chicken. ("We tell the kids they're seagulls," he says.)
He wants to get you with the blast of random air, splatter you with puke from the animatronic skeleton, and lead you through the claustrophobic room that closes in on all who enter.
But Morey's scariest trick was putting Terry O'Brien - a karaoke host from Cape May best known for killing off his crooners in short stories, collected and published as Murder-Oke - at the helm of his most beloved offspring. That's Morey's Piers' new $3 million haunted dark ride, Ghost Ship, on Mariner's Landing in Wildwood.
Also known as the Ignis Fatuus and the secretive Project 5292010, the 14,000-square-foot cargo ship is based on the Philadelphia Experiment, a conspiracy theory that goes something like this:
On Oct. 28, 1943, a U.S. destroyer escort was made invisible and teleported from Philly to Norfolk, Va., and back. The newly invisible sailors went mad, the legend goes. At the very least, they lodged themselves in Morey's imagination.
"It started as the Philadelphia Experiment," said Morey, one-half of the Morey brothers who inherited the amusement business from their father, Will. "Terry stepped in and made it the Terry Experiment. And I'm here cleaning it up. It's a hell of a spill."
Indeed, to spend any length of time with Morey, 49, and O'Brien, 40, as they gallivant around their new project - Jack determined to stay a kid, Terry trying to transition from the only job more childish than managing a haunted ship - is to know that neither one really knows how this tale will end.
Or, as O'Brien summed up his predicament in a half-sentence (about all he really has time for now): "To make a short story long."
It did all start as a short story, which, along with karaoke, is O'Brien's specialty.
Morey had been dreaming about this kind of idiosyncratic ride for years, and he asked O'Brien to write a short story to market the ride to a group of dark-ride enthusiasts.
The two knew each other through friend Jack Wright, publisher of Exit Zero, a free weekly publication in Cape May in which O'Brien had been killing off his friends and only vaguely disguising his enemies for years.
Wright had helped the Moreys with a 2009 book commemorating their 50 years at the piers - a book that was published with two editions: one with a title and cover that the right-brain brother, Jack, had approved ( A Wild Ride ), the other OKd by left-brain big brother Will Jr. ( Fab-O-Rama ).
O'Brien's story, which turned out to be not so short, ended up being published as a 44-page novella of sorts and handed out during the ride's VIP preview May 29.
At some point, O'Brien started hinting to Morey that maybe he could run the whole thing, as well as provide its fictional underpinnings.
The fact that the ship has at its heart a backstory - a back novella - shows that Jack Morey, despite his kidlike manner, is trying for something beyond the scope of what most people associate with run-amok Wildwood.
In fact, when you hang out with Morey and O'Brien, talk can turn to architectural philosophies, mentors like the late Philadelphia architect guru Steven Izenour, and the narrative integrity of Ghost Ship.
And then it dawns on you:
These jokers are more thinly veiled intellectuals than the let's-dress-up-like-zombies characters they pretend to be. In Wildwood, that may be the slickest trick of all.
"We'd never want to admit to being sophisticated," Morey said. "We just take tacky to a new level. These attractions are really hard to do, labor-intensive. We'll see how we do from a business perspective. For Wildwood, for us, for our brand of culture, this is real."
There was a time when the Moreys aspired to be Disney, but Izenour - who famously embraced the zeitgeist of Las Vegas - got hold of Jack's brain.
"He said, 'Do the opposite of theme parks,' " Morey said. "Morey's is a public space. It's ad hoc, impulsive. It's the juxtaposition of the rides, the ordinary carnival rides, the roller coaster over my head. We always protect the views of the ocean.
"There's no entry fee, there's no gate, no parking lot. There's an ocean, a beach, a boardwalk, people walking in and out. It's more, well, urban."
With Ghost Ship, the Morey brothers embraced a favored local tradition, the dark ride - an enclosed space in which you walk, or are transported, through a maze of rooms. The last dark ride in Wildwood, the beloved Castle Dracula, had gone up in smoke a few years back when it burned to the ground.
Rather than use ride designers, the Moreys consulted naval architects. Rather than hire an experienced ride manager, they brought in a short-story guy to build the narrative.
The Moreys even tried to keep the project under wraps - literally, though at first they could not find a shroud big enough to cover the 50-foot structure - but information started leaking like a sinking ship.
The result, wedged into the pier on the site of the old mini-golf course designed by Will Sr., is a 20-minute tour through narrow ship corridors and themed rooms with special effects, animatronic characters, and actors.
Meanwhile, O'Brien is embracing the corporate end of his new life, attending organizational-behavior seminars and overseeing the employees. ("First opening that wasn't a total panic in days," he wrote on Facebook a week ago.)
"There's two of me - one who has a better handle on the corporate end, and one the creative end," O'Brien said. "Those two people are becoming one."
He and Jack Morey are still tinkering with how much story line to work into the frights. The ride has been well-received by dark-ride enthusiasts. (Al Stromer, event coordinator with the group Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts, called Ghost Ship a "long, exciting walk-through" and thought the "size and detail of the facade" was especially impressive.) But everyone acknowledges there's room for improvement.
"I overprepared with story line," said O'Brien.
Not to worry. He still has an editor, only now it's a guy who grew up running around the Wildwood piers.
"Is it appropriate for a zombie to be in there, or a NAPS agent?" Morey asked, referring to the North Atlantic Paranormal Society investigators who populate the ship.
"We're working on a bit where the NAPS agent gets grabbed by the zombie," said O'Brien. "We have to staff it."
And produce 1,500 words.
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Moreys Pier Ghost ship
The ghost ship was the worst experience, I personally have no fear when it comes to actors, however these actors should be trained to see that a person is in serious trouble. I took my daughter and grand daughter into the ship and the first was a very foul odor, then spraying in the face. My daughter in law who normally is fine went into a panic attack which then started her asthma attack. The first person to scare people got in her face and would not let up the next few people added to this the smells and the spraying onto people should be forbidden due to allergies however we tried to continue and get our selves out of the ship, we finely reached the half way point when a young girl stepped forward and went into her act, my daughter fell to her knees and cried i picked her up and at least this girl was smart enough to see she was in real trouble, I told her we needed to get her out now she walked us to the end telling everyone no scare.. Thank you to her for that but this should be shut down, my personal opinion is people these are not real you want real experiences with ghosts contact someone in the ghost business because this is just pure danger. The actors can get in your face when you stand up to them they get aggressive.
Was not worth even a penny. enter only if you feel like getting ripped off. wish i could get my money back.
Enjoy the many games, rides and places to eat in the pier!!! The evening lights up and the kids enjoyed it. First time walking the North Wildwood pier. Definitely will return.
So many fun shops,food and activities. The tram is a good choice for the day the boardwalk is never-ending. Its fun for all ages. Plenty to see and do all day. A must see at night all lit up its just beautiful
Spent 4 days here and the children loved it. Workers for Moreys were always helpful!! Plenty if rides for all ages. Also a good selection of gammes to play. The rest room area were clean.
we have been going there for 50 years. the piers have gotten improvements through the years. there is no other place i would rather be. there is plenty to do for the kids as far as rides & games. the adults can do the same or shop around.there's something for the whole family.
South Jersey’s Ghost Ship
South jersey’s ghost ship, lately we had tons of questions about cape may’s concrete ship. those questions range from “why wasn’t the ship moved” to “how much of the ship is still around under the sand.” in asking these questions someone asked me about south jersey’s ghost ship. not knowing what she was referring to i dug around and came across something very cool., cape may’s concrete ship isn’t the only beached ship wreak in south jersey., before we dive into this, some people may not know much about cape may’s concrete ship so below i listed some articles., launching of a concrete ship, cape may’s concrete ship’s bell found, sorta, cape may concrete ship in 1927, now let’s dive into this, just a 45 minute drive from cape may, there sits an old town called heislerville new jersey. this is a small town with a population of four hundred and fifty-one (451). it’s one of the few towns in new jersey that has no shops or businesses..
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Heislerville has a bit of history to it as it currently has the second oldest lighthouse in New Jersey, the East Point Lighthouse, or the East Point Light for short.
If you were to climb to the top of the East Point Lighthouse at low tide you would noti ce something sticking out of the water line about 500 yards away. This is South Jersey’s ghost ship.
Standing around hundred and ten (110) feet long, not too much is known about this wooden vessel. we were lucky enough to ask around and this is what we came up with..
In the 1920 a boat named Hazel Moore was built in one of New Jersey’s shipyards (unknown which one) and was used for fishing. It isn’t too certain how long she stayed a fishing vessel but according to areal photos she appeared between 1940 to 1954.
Told to us by locals, the ship was originally in tow to become a restaurant when it ran around where it currently sits today., this picture shows what the ship looked like after it had been beached for about five (5) years..
The last photo shows what it looked like about a year ago
There she has sit ever since. , i do have to tell you that the ship is technically on private property so don’t try to take a visit., we hope to have new photos and maybe even a drone video sometime in the following weeks., thank you for reading south jersey’s ghost ship., before you go, check out these other articles, cape may-lewes’ ferry to be sunk , the children’s fresh air home awarded 20k from uber, check out our wildwood socks cover photo by , mark shapiro.
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Chasing Ghosts: Wildwood’s Haunted History And Spooky Tours
Step into the eerie world of Wildwood’s haunted history with “Chasing Ghosts: Wildwood’s Haunted History and Spooky Tours.” Dive into the mysterious stories and legends that have lingered through the ages in this beautiful seaside town. Join our expert guides as they take you on an unforgettable journey through the paranormal hotspots, sharing spine-chilling tales and bringing the town’s haunted past to life. Uncover the secrets that have haunted Wildwood for generations and experience the thrill of walking in the footsteps of ghosts. Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, “Chasing Ghosts” promises an adventure you won’t soon forget.
Table of Contents
The Haunted History of Wildwood
1.1 ghosts of the past.
Welcome to Wildwood, a seaside resort city with an eerie and haunted history that will send chills down your spine. This quaint town, located in Cape May County, New Jersey, is not only known for its beautiful beaches and lively boardwalk, but also for its rich supernatural heritage. The Ghosts of the Past have left an indelible mark on Wildwood, and their presence can still be felt in the present day.
1.2 Supernatural Legends
Wildwood is steeped in supernatural legends that have been passed down from generation to generation. These tales of ghostly encounters, mysterious disappearances, and strange happenings have captivated the imaginations of locals and visitors alike. From phantom figures wandering on moonlit nights to ghostly whispers echoing through the corridors of historic buildings, the supernatural legends of Wildwood continue to intrigue and captivate.
1.3 Famous Haunted Locations
If you dare to explore the haunted side of Wildwood, you will discover a plethora of famous haunted locations that will send shivers down your spine. From the eerie Emlen Physick Estate, where whispers of spectral guests have been reported, to the mysterious Anglesea Mansion, said to be haunted by the spirits of its former occupants, each location has its own chilling story to tell. These famous haunted sites are not only a testament to Wildwood’s haunted history but also an invitation for brave souls to delve into the mysteries that lie within.
1.4 Historical Background
To truly understand the haunted history of Wildwood, it is important to delve into its historical background. The town, originally named Holly Beach, gained popularity as a vacation destination in the late 19th Century. Its proximity to the beach and the introduction of a railway made it an attractive getaway for tourists seeking sun, sand, and relaxation. However, beneath the surface of this idyllic vacation spot lies a history filled with tragic events, unexplained phenomena, and restless spirits. Exploring the historical background of Wildwood will provide valuable context to the tales of ghosts and hauntings that still linger today.
2. Exploring Wildwood’s Spooky Tours
2.1 overview of spooky tours.
Wildwood offers a variety of spooky tours that cater to both the curious and the thrill-seekers. These tours provide a unique opportunity to explore the haunted history of the town while listening to spine-chilling stories from experienced guides. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll through the streets or a heart-pounding ghost hunt, there is a spooky tour in Wildwood that will satisfy your appetite for the supernatural.
2.2 Types of Tours Available
When it comes to spooky tours in Wildwood, there is something for everyone. Ghost walks take you on a journey through the town’s most haunted spots, while ghost hunts allow you to participate in paranormal investigations. For those who prefer a more relaxed experience, haunted trolley tours offer a comfortable ride while still immersing you in the town’s haunted history. With a variety of tour options to choose from, you can tailor your experience to suit your level of bravery.
2.3 Popular Tour Companies
Several tour companies in Wildwood specialize in spooky tours and have gained a reputation for providing memorable and spine-tingling experiences. From established companies with years of experience to newer ventures led by passionate ghost enthusiasts, these tour companies understand the importance of storytelling and creating an immersive experience for their guests. Some popular tour companies in Wildwood include Haunted Cape May, Ghosts of New Jersey, and Wildwood Ghost Tours.
2.4 Tourist Experiences
Tourists who have experienced Wildwood’s spooky tours often describe their encounters as thrilling and unforgettable. Many have reported feeling a chill in the air or a distinct presence while visiting haunted locations. Some even claim to have captured mysterious orbs or unexplained figures in their photographs. These encounters not only add to the allure of Wildwood but also fuel the curiosity and fascination surrounding its haunted history.
3. The Ghostly Encounters of Wildwood
3.1 personal testimonies.
Wildwood is home to countless personal testimonies of ghostly encounters. Locals and tourists alike have recounted their experiences with the supernatural, ranging from subtle and eerie to downright terrifying. These personal testimonies serve as evidence of the paranormal activity that permeates the town, leaving individuals with a lasting impression of the otherworldly.
3.2 Real Haunting Stories
The real haunting stories of Wildwood are as diverse as they are chilling. From the phantom footsteps heard in the dead of night to the apparitions that appear behind closed doors, each story adds a layer of intrigue to the town’s haunted reputation. Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, these haunting stories are sure to make you question what lies beyond the veil of the unknown.
3.3 Ghost Hunting Adventures
For those who are truly brave and seek an adrenaline rush like no other, Wildwood offers ghost hunting adventures that allow you to take an active role in investigating paranormal activity. Equipped with advanced ghost hunting equipment, you will have the opportunity to explore reputed haunted locations and attempt to capture evidence of the spirits that may reside there. These ghost hunting adventures offer a unique and immersive experience for those who dare to step into the realm of the unknown.
4. Unexplained Phenomena in Wildwood
4.1 strange occurrences.
Wildwood is no stranger to strange occurrences that leave both locals and visitors questioning the laws of the natural world. From objects moving on their own to unexplained drafts and temperatures fluctuations, the unexplained phenomena that happen in Wildwood defy logical explanation and offer a tantalizing glimpse into the supernatural.
4.2 Mysterious Sightings
People have reported numerous mysterious sightings in Wildwood that cannot be easily dismissed. Those who have strolled along the boardwalk have claimed to see ethereal figures walking hand in hand in the moonlight, while others have reported sightings of ghostly figures lurking in the shadows of historic buildings. These mysterious sightings have undoubtedly contributed to Wildwood’s reputation as a place where the veil between the living and the dead is unusually thin.
4.3 Paranormal Investigations
In an effort to shed light on the unexplained phenomena in Wildwood, paranormal investigations have been conducted by experts and enthusiasts alike. Using specialized equipment and techniques, these investigations delve into the depths of the supernatural, aiming to provide a scientific understanding of the mysterious events that occur. While many questions remain unanswered, these investigations contribute to the ongoing exploration and documentation of Wildwood’s haunting mysteries.
4.4 Local Urban Legends
Every town has its share of urban legends, and Wildwood is no exception. From tales of cursed objects to haunted houses with tragic histories, these local urban legends add an extra dimension of intrigue to the already haunted atmosphere of the town. Whether these legends are based on truth or simply products of the collective imagination, they serve as cautionary tales and reminders of the dark side that lurks beneath the surface.
5. The Impact of Wildwood’s Haunted History
5.1 tourism and economic growth.
The haunted history of Wildwood has had a significant impact on tourism and economic growth in the town. The allure of ghostly encounters and spooky tours has attracted visitors from near and far, boosting the local economy and supporting businesses that cater to the supernatural tourism industry. From hotels and restaurants to gift shops and tour companies, the presence of Wildwood’s haunted history has created a thriving tourist economy that continues to grow year after year.
5.2 Cultural Significance
The cultural significance of Wildwood’s haunted history cannot be overstated. The town’s supernatural heritage is deeply ingrained in its identity and serves as a source of pride for many residents. The stories and legends passed down through generations have become an integral part of the local culture, shaping the way people perceive and interact with the town. Wildwood’s haunted history is a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring allure of the paranormal.
5.3 Preservation of Historic Sites
The haunted history of Wildwood has played a vital role in the preservation of its historic sites. Many of the town’s haunted locations are also significant historical landmarks, and their haunting legends have sparked an increased interest in their preservation and restoration. The tales of ghostly encounters have not only attracted visitors but also prompted efforts to protect and maintain these historic sites for future generations to enjoy.
5.4 Community Engagement
Wildwood’s haunted history has fostered a sense of community engagement and participation. Residents take pride in sharing their knowledge and personal stories with tourists, further enriching their experience of the town’s haunted side. Community events and celebrations centered around the supernatural are organized, allowing locals and visitors to come together and celebrate the shared fascination with the paranormal. The haunted history of Wildwood has truly brought the community together in a unique and captivating way.
6. Haunted Hotspots in Wildwood
6.1 wildwood boardwalk.
The Wildwood Boardwalk , with its vibrant atmosphere and bustling crowds, hides a darker side that comes alive after sunset. Numerous reports of ghostly apparitions and strange phenomena have been associated with the boardwalk, making it one of the most haunted hotspots in Wildwood. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll or enjoying the amusement park rides, keep an eye out for any unusual occurrences that may make you question the reality of what you’re experiencing.
6.2 Emlen Physick Estate
The Emlen Physick Estate, a Victorian mansion turned museum, is not only a cultural gem but also a hotbed for paranormal activity. Visitors have reported hearing disembodied voices, feeling sudden drops in temperature, and observing objects moving on their own. The ghostly presence within the estate adds an extra layer of intrigue to its already fascinating history, making it a must-visit location for those seeking a hauntingly memorable experience.
6.3 The Anglesea Mansion
The Anglesea Mansion, nestled in the heart of Wildwood, has a haunted reputation that draws daredevils and ghost enthusiasts from far and wide. Formerly a luxurious hotel, this historic building is said to be inhabited by the spirits of its former guests. From fleeting apparitions to unexplained noises, those who dare to explore its halls are often greeted by an eerie ambiance that lingers long after they leave.
6.4 Seashore Road
Seashore Road, a scenic stretch of coastal highway, is not only known for its picturesque views but also for the mysterious sightings and unexplained phenomena that occur along its path. Ghostly hitchhikers, phantom vehicles, and strange lights have been reported by motorists driving along Seashore Road, leaving many to wonder about the supernatural forces that roam this seemingly ordinary part of town.
7. Spooky Events and Festivals in Wildwood
7.1 ghost hunting workshops.
Wildwood hosts a variety of spooky events and festivals throughout the year, catering to both ghost enthusiasts and curious visitors. One popular event is the Ghost Hunting Workshop, where participants can learn the ins and outs of paranormal investigations from experienced investigators. These workshops provide an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge and skills in capturing evidence of ghostly encounters, adding to the thrill and excitement of exploring Wildwood’s haunted history.
7.2 Haunted Hayrides
During the Halloween season, Wildwood comes alive with haunted hayrides that take participants on a spine-chilling journey through the town’s most haunted locations. These immersive experiences combine theatrical performances, eerie settings, and ghostly encounters to create a truly unforgettable night of fright and fun. Haunted hayrides have become a beloved tradition in Wildwood, attracting both locals and tourists who are seeking a spooky adventure.
7.3 Halloween Celebrations
Wildwood’s Halloween celebrations are not to be missed by anyone with a love for the supernatural. The town comes alive with spooky decorations, costume contests, and themed events that embrace the haunted history of the area. From ghostly parades to creepy scavenger hunts, these Halloween celebrations offer a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a casual observer, Wildwood’s Halloween festivities are sure to get you in the spirit of the season.
8. Behind the Scenes of Wildwood’s Ghost Tours
8.1 tour guide training.
Tour guides in Wildwood undergo specialized training to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to deliver an exceptional and spooky experience to their guests. They learn about the town’s haunted history, the specific legends and stories associated with each location, and how to engage their audience through effective storytelling. Tour guide training ensures that visitors have a memorable and immersive experience when exploring Wildwood’s haunted side.
8.2 Historical Research
To provide accurate and detailed information to their guests, tour guides and tour companies in Wildwood conduct extensive historical research. They delve deep into the archives, consult historical documents and accounts, and interview local experts to uncover the truths and mysteries behind the town’s haunted past. The combination of historical research and anecdotal evidence allows tour guides to paint a vivid and captivating picture of Wildwood’s supernatural heritage.
8.3 Equipment and Tools Used
In addition to their storytelling and historical knowledge, tour guides often use equipment and tools to enhance the ghostly experience for their guests. These may include ghost hunting equipment, such as EMF meters, spirit boxes, and thermal cameras, which allow participants to actively engage in the exploration and investigation of reputed haunted locations. The use of such equipment adds a layer of authenticity and excitement to the tours, providing guests with a truly immersive and spine-tingling experience.
9. Famous Ghostly Legends of Wildwood
9.1 the phantom of hereford inlet lighthouse.
One of the most famous ghostly legends of Wildwood is the story of the Phantom of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. According to local lore, a lighthouse keeper tragically lost his life in a storm while trying to rescue a distressed ship. It is said that his spirit still roams the grounds of the lighthouse, appearing as a ghostly figure and occasionally moving objects. The haunting of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse has fascinated locals and visitors for decades, solidifying its status as one of Wildwood’s most enduring ghostly legends.
9.2 The Lady in White at Cold Spring Village
Cold Spring Village, a living history museum, is home to the legendary Lady in White, a ghostly figure dressed in a flowing white gown. According to folklore, she was a young woman who tragically lost her life during a fire that swept through the village. Witnesses have claimed to see her wandering the grounds, emitting an ethereal glow and evoking a somber sense of sorrow. The Lady in White continues to captivate the imaginations of those who visit Cold Spring Village, reminding them of the tragic history that lies beneath its charming façade.
9.3 The Haunting of Holly Beach
Holly Beach, the original name of Wildwood, has a haunting history that lends an air of mystery to the town’s present-day atmosphere. Legends tell of phantom footprints in the sand, disembodied voices carried by the ocean breeze, and eerie apparitions peering out from the sea mist. The haunting of Holly Beach has become an integral part of Wildwood’s haunted reputation, forever linking the past with the present and reminding us of the enduring power of ghostly legends.
10.1 immersive experience for ghost enthusiasts.
Wildwood’s haunted history and spooky tours offer an immersive experience for ghost enthusiasts and curious visitors alike. The town’s rich supernatural heritage, combined with engaging storytelling, allows guests to step into a world full of mystery and intrigue. Whether you choose to explore the famous haunted locations, participate in a ghost hunt, or attend one of the town’s spooky events, you are sure to have an unforgettable and spine-tingling experience in Wildwood.
10.2 The Enigma of the Paranormal
Wildwood’s haunted history and ghostly encounters remind us of the enigma of the paranormal. Despite advancements in science and technology, there are still mysteries that defy explanation and phenomena that elude our understanding. The stories, legends, and personal testimonies associated with Wildwood serve as a reminder that there is much more to this world than meets the eye. They invite us to embrace the unknown, explore the realms of the supernatural, and contemplate the mysteries that lie beyond the veil of our everyday reality.
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“ Then we walked towards the adventure pier , found a auntie annes, and got some pretyl bites, then went on our merry way. ” in 5 reviews
“ This includes all rollercoasters and the Ghost Ship , but excludes extreme rides like the Skycoaster and Go-karts. ” in 6 reviews
“ Next up was Seagull Cycles and Flying Galleons (6/10) which are mini monorails that take you over the waterpark. ” in 2 reviews
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Morey's Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods NJ is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the third best seaside amusement parks in the world by Amusement Today, Morey's Piers spans over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey's Piers along with Morey Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. The mission of Morey's Piers is to "Provide a spectacular family recreation experience in an exceptionally safe, clean, friendly and unique environment." …
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Went here with my family on Wednesday August 9th 2023, as part of our yearly Wildwood/Cape May, NJ vacation. We parked at smittys, which was only $15/$10 to park. We entered via Mariners pier with the giant ferris wheel, but walked to Surfside pier first. When getting to Surfside pier, we immediately went to the new(ish) ride The Runaway Tram! It was a nice ride with small turns and leaning, and we went on there twice! then we walked behind the log flume to check out what is over there, we saw the Great Nor'Easter which is a really twisty and loopy coaster that i would never ride. We usually do the log flume but wanted to do that later so that i don't have too wet of clothes. We walked back to mariners Pier, and on the way back, we looked at shops for a new t-shirt. i found a nice red one for $5.00, only thing was to bag it, it was an extra $1.00 to buy a bag... okay.. interesting. We also brought magnetic bottle openers. Finally, we got to mariners pier, and walked to the family ride The Flying Galleon. Boy, it was the longest wait for a ride, but the views of the beach and the raging waters waterpark is beautiful! and it is a gentle ride. We also got a Funnel cake at curleys, as well as a lemonade. Then we walked towards the adventure pier, found a auntie annes, and got some pretyl bites, then went on our merry way. Will be back next year!
Moreys Piers are always a must go when going to wildwood! There are 3 piers: The adventure pier, which has the Great White, which is a fast wooden coaster, and is fun! it also has more extreme rides, but hey if you like that kind of stuff cool! The middle pier is Mariners, which has the big ferris wheel, carousel, swings, airplanes, some kiddie rides like the crazy bus, and the flying galleon. Always wanted to try Ghost Ship too. The last pier is Surfside, which has more kiddie rides, plus another carousel: and my favorite ride is the log flume! Been going since i was a little girl. This trip was fine, on a friday night, and weekends it can get crowded. Tickets are kinda expensive however, there is so much to go on that sometimes it can be used up quick. an suggestion is to take advantage of any specials that are posted online. Games are fun too!
I love Morey's piers! They have one of my favorite log flumes ever. This week place is just so nostalgic for me and now I get to bring my own kids here. There are so many rides for everyone between the three piers.
Great place for the whole family. Some rides are for little kids others are one of the craziest rides out there. The coasters like The Great Nor'easter, Sea Serpent and the great White are all great. And the Ferris wheel looks pretty at night. Overall it is a ride and coaster hotspot.
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Great place to take a family trip to so much to do from food to rides and the employees are very respectful and kind.
Fun old school rides perfect for the kiddos. Ferris wheel has a perfect view of the beach and Wildwood. Our kids had a great time!
$75 for 5 adults to ride the Zoom Phloom. Are you nuts? It'a a 3 minute log flume ride! Price hikes are INSANE on Morey's Piers. I don't know how families can even afford this nonsense.
I loved it here! The workers were very nice and cared about safety. If you have young children, I recommend that you go before 8:00, because that's when the teenagers come. It's so much fun here!
Been coming here for 45 years and they just keep getting more greedy. Great place, but they only care about profit. Don't get wrong, I don't begrudge them being successful, but $9.50 for a beer and $12 for a crappy pretzel is ridiculous. And their prices for rides and water parks is insane too! And you are kinda stuck going to their piers if you vacation in wildwood. They are gouging people. Very disappointing.
I was a bit harsh on my previous review. I really do love moreys piers, BUT you HAVE to find the DEALS online! Get the all day all parks wristband on the cheap when you can find them. If not I still think the prices are through the roof but it's a tourist town I get it . Love wildwood, love moreys, great stuff! The great white slaps and Dante's dungeon is super nostalgic fun.
Why , at a family oriented destination, do they overprice the cost to enjoy the rides so much , almost 50 dollars for a family of 4 to go on ONE ride, absolutely criminal. There should be a change .
Until my recent visit, I hadn't been since I was 8 or 9 years old. Some rides have changed, some classics never change. It seems a bit cleaner, and less threatening, though I'd still say some of the patrons are rough around the edges... all in all, there was much more of a family-friendly feel at the Piers than I remember as a kid. Back then, we'd drive from Stone Harbor to OC or Wildwood boardwalks for what I remember as tons of fun. But I grew up, and I'm no longer into rides, cotton candy, money-sucking games, etc. so I'd never visit an amusement park/carnival/boardwalk for myself, but I'll do it for a friend, or my kid. I mention that because this review will be from a mom perspective, as someone there to watch others enjoy, not really a connoisseur of amusements myself. I felt safe on the piers, and like people were out and about to enjoy themselves. People were actively going on rides, or preparing to do so. No one was loitering or trying to cause trouble (as sometimes happened back in the day). I passed a few smartallecks on the boardwalk, screwing the pedestrian flow by making people walk around them, or trying to be looked at, but no one was interested in their foolishness. Didn't seem like many people were under the influence of anything, and I was there past 10pm. Like I said, it really felt like a family ambiance, and I was pleasantly surprised. I got a tip last year from a mom on the beach that Morey's has a 40% off sale in (she said) October. But other reviews say it's December. So I looked last October and saw no sale, and my guess is it changes every year. Advice: sign up for their emails, or check their website between Oct and Dec. The 40% off is really helpful if you visit more than once, and/or have a number of people in your party, and/or like to go on lots of rides. So I missed the sale and had to buy a-la-carte full price, there on the boardwalk. Of course they do a system where it's X number of tickets per ride, designed to confuse drunk and stupid people. Annoying to say the least. Kiddie rides are 3-5 tickets each = $4.50 to $7.50 per person per ride (+ tax). Adult rides were 6-10 tickets each = $9 to $15 pp per ride (+ tax). So you'll wanna do the math for all the peeps in your party, and how many times you want to go, and how much you need for your ride fix. Or don't, and just get drunk and spend hundreds. Whatever. To put it into perspective, Disney passes are $109/pp/day, and you can easily match that here if you don't pay attention. While I definitely want my kid to have fun, there are much bigger priorities in my budget for him, so savings on this kind of entertainment are really worth it, and I will be seeking that sale later this year. For my recent visit, my toddler was able to get 2 rides with parent, and 2 kids only rides, and that was a ball for a first visit. But I know the BEGGING I used to do, so I am just waiting for that next year, lol. We didn't do any games, that is a hard no for me. I lack skills to win anything for my kid, and the prizes don't seem worth the money anyway. I realize there is a thrill in "winning" something, or having it won for you, but eh, it's just not for me. The novelty food, too, just isn't worth it. As a kid we only ever did rides because games and food were never even on my radar. It's also later in the evening/night and not really healthy to eat so late, especially for kids, so again, just not my thing. What else? Oh, parking. We parked on the street with the Wildwood app. It was like $2.50/hour. We ended up needing 2 hours, and were able to pay for just one, and get an alert when our time was running out, so we could just pay from the app, while still enjoying the boardwalk. Very simple. Our car was all safe about a block from the boardwalk, in a well lit spot. I felt safe getting back into the car with a toddler even when dark out, past 10pm. Their toll free number is really unpleasant. It's insultingly cheesy "congratulations you dialed our number, good for you" and designed to be as verbose and circuitous as possible to keep you listening to this nonsense for minutes before a menu comes up. All considered, I recommend Morey's, but advise getting tickets or passes during that 40% off sale! Enjoy, and (nose-pinched voice) "Please watch the tram car!"
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Vertical share, tuesday, june 7, 2016, morey's piers in wildwood - ghost ship.
With all your description of the amusements at Morey's Pier this is the first time I have heard of the Ghost Ship. It sounds like it is a scary adventure and I am sure that older kids must love it. It even looks interesting from the outside photos.
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New attraction opens at Morey's Piers in Wildwood
- Updated: Jul. 02, 2010, 2:35 p.m. |
- Published: Jul. 02, 2010, 1:35 p.m.
- Kristie Rearick | South Jersey Times
Some years ago, Jack Morey, co-owner of Morey's Piers, came to a realization about his seaside amusement park. "It is NOT a theme park," Morey said over the phone. The rides at Wildwood's seaside resort aren't usually "high-tech or digital" like the ones at Disney World or Six Flags Great Adventure, he said. Rather, the park is more an "air-in-your-face" kind of place, much like New York's Coney Island — the original seaside resort.
“Theme parks are very planned and organized, but we’re much more like a city’s downtown. So the kind of attractions we do tend to be different.”
There were two important factors that had to be considered by a creative team looking to develop a new attraction at the piers, Morey said. One, the piers and boardwalk are a public place where anyone is welcome and, two, the park sits right next to the ocean.
“We always say, ‘Don’t try to outdo the ocean,” he said.
So keeping those things in mind, Morey, along with a team of designers, set out to build a new “ride” for guests to enjoy — the first new big attraction to grace the piers since 1977. And after two years of planning and six months of construction, Ghost Ship, a haunted walk-through attraction, was born.
“It’s essentially a haunted house. It’s based on the legend of the Philadelphia Experiment,” Morey said. “It is a World War II legend. The government hired Albert Einstein to render ships invisible.”
The legend is based on Einstein’s unified field theory. It was believed that this theory would allow the Navy to use electrical generators to bend light around an object making it invisible. But according to lore, several things went wrong during the experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Yard in the summer and fall of 1943. Crewmen were fused into the ship during the initial experiment. Another time, according to the tale, the ship was teleported to another place altogether and it later reappeared at its original site in Philadelphia. There are also claims that the ship traveled back in time for about 10 seconds.
This ship, named Ignis Fatuus — meaning a flitting phosphorescent light and also something misleading — is obviously not the ship at the center of the experiment, Morey said, but a ship out to sea affected by actions taken during the World War II experiment.
The haunted attraction was cloaked in mystery for several months before it was unveiled to the public over Memorial Day weekend.
“It was a cool thing to keep it a mystery for a while, but the more it looked like a ship, the harder it got. We had big red tarps covering it for about two weeks before it opened,” he said.
The haunted ship, which took $3 million to build, takes about 20 minutes to walk through. The ship itself is 150 feet in length, 14,000 square feet and 50-feet high with many interconnecting decks and ramps for visitors to explore — if they dare. There are several actors inside the ship — an added bonus that makes the attraction feel a little like “live theater,” Morey said.
The attraction takes visitors on a journey that is “50-percent outside and 50-percent inside.” It’s dark inside, but it’s not pitch-black, Morey said.
“There are a lot of special effects going on inside, and there’s a claustrophobia room. Some people don’t go through, there’s a coward’s bypass. I wouldn’t recommend taking the bypass, though. There may be something waiting for you on the other side,” he said with laugh.
The actors work eight-hour shifts on Ghost Ship. They had to hire three times as many actors as they thought they needed due to the long hours required to scare walk-through guests.
“It’s a grueling job,” Morey said.
Morey’s Piers got its start in 1969 when brothers, Bill and Will Morey, both successful businessmen, spotted a giant fiberglass slide near a shopping center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The brothers knew the slide would fit right in on Wildwood’s boardwalk, and they set out to find one of their own.
Today, Will Morey’s sons, Jack and Will, own the piers. The complex is actually three different amusement piers — Surfside, Mariner’s Landing and Adventure — stretching along two miles of boards which feature 100 attractions and rides, including two waterparks.
Ghost Ship is housed on Mariner’s Landing with the ocean at its back and the Giant Wheel — the world’s tallest Ferris wheel — sitting beside it.
Ghost Ship is on Mariner’s Landing at Morey’s Piers on the boardwalk in Wildwood. It takes 12 tickets ($11.40) to enter the attraction. The haunted attraction is also included with the purchase of an unlimited-ride wristband. For more information, visit
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Ghost Ship: Walk Through Ride in Wildwood!
Calling me SUPER PUMPED after I originally saw this video reporting the opening of The Ghost Ship at Morey’s Pier in Wildwood was an understatement. Since the ride opened, there were several other reports and reviews of the ride around the ‘net and in local papers that mistakenly referred to the Ghost Ship as a Dark Ride, which it most definitely isn’t. In case you plan on hitting the Wildwood boardwalk before the summer officially comes to an end, heed my warning: The Ghost Ship is merely a walk through, and not a very scary one either.
Most of the conventional aspects of a walk through haunted house are present in the Ghost Ship. There’s a hallway with inflated walls that you have to push your way through, there’s creepy actors hanging in shadows and corners, and of course there’s times when you feel like a complete idiot because you don’t know if you’re going the right way. The ghoulish displays and the creepy atmosphere were well done and deserve credit for the fine detail, but overall it just wasn’t very thrilling.
The Ghost Ship attraction has 2 main factors riding against it. First, it’s not much different than the majority of walk through haunted houses you’ve been to, and second, it’s pretty damn expensive for such a short length of time. One adult admission will soak you nearly $11.50, and there’s not even a nice little boat ride involved! Honestly, I was hoping the entire time I was walking through the ride that I’d eventually reach the part where we all loaded onto boats. I’d be happy to pay extra for a true dark ride, whether it’s in a boat or a coaster car. I guess it would be silly to ride a boat while inside a ship.
Many people are into the walk through style attraction, so it’s easy to be sucked in by the hype and cool advertisements for it. I fell for it and was disappointed, but I bet The Ghost Ship is immensely more exciting for a kid. Boardwalk rides are all geared toward kids, as they should be. But, years ago it seemed the attractions didn’t hold back. When I was a little kid, I went to Castle Dracula on the Wildwood Boardwalk every summer, which was an authentic Dark Ride, and in comparison to The Ghost Ship, it was crap your pants scary. They just don’t make ’em like they used to! Maybe The Ghost Ship would’ve been more effective if I watched The Triangle first.