Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Spectacular" Mirror Maze Coming to Hunt's Pier?

The entrance to Hunt's Pier as it appeared in the 1960s (photo courtesy of Aladdin Color, Inc. / RetroStockPix). The area to the right is the likely future home of the new "Mirror Maze" project.

All indications are that a "pretty spectacular" new attraction will debut on the Boardwalk next season.

The rumored and much-talked about Morey's mega coaster (model pictured)? No, that's still at least a few years away.

However, this new entity is slated to set up shop at the base of the old Hunt's Pier, which is, of course, owned by the Morey Organization. The plan, which has already gained preliminary approval from Wildwood's planning board, calls for the construction of a new "Mirror Maze."

What, that doesn't sound so exciting? Well, hold on a sec, because this apparently ain't gonna be your grandma's house 'o mirrors...

"It's a lot more elaborate [than similar attractions of the past]," explained planning board Chairman Mike Porch, at a City Commission meeting on September 23rd. "There are several separate rooms in the building, each with a different shape and theme.

"Another thing that's cool is that there is a very impressive facade, at least in the renderings. The details echo the architectural elements of the old Hunt's Pier."

How cool is that? (Now, if only we could get a hold of those renderings...)

Word is that the company that owns and operates the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum walk-through in Atlantic City (pictured) has designed and will be carrying out the construction of this new attraction.

Exactly where the maze building will be placed remains to be confirmed. With the three-year-old Sand Jamm complex occupying the north base of the pier, the south base figures to be the most logical spot. We can only assume then that the Boardwalk Fries stand in that location has seen its final days.

But, it's still largely a guessing game at this point.

We will continue to follow this development and will report on new information as it becomes available.

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