Saturday, April 4, 2015

Morey's Piers kicks off 47th season; Giant Wheel turns 30

Morey's Piers kicked off its 47th season of operation early today at Mariner's Pier.

(A slight, but notable, change - "Landing" has been dropped from the pier's name.)

Along with it, one of the great icons in Wildwood history reached a major milestone, as...

The Giant Wheel turns 30!

Where does the time go?

The 156-foot Ferris wheel has been Mariner's centerpiece attraction, and one of the island's most recognizable landmarks, since being installed for the 1985 season.

It debuted the year after the Sea Serpent, a one-two punch that put the exclamation points on the Morey Organization's rise to prominence on the Boardwalk.

Let's take a look back through time...

Above, the Giant Wheel, an instant eye-opener and game changer, under construction during the Spring of 1985. This view shows how much has changed at Mariner's in the three decades since.

The Sea Serpent during it's debut season in 1984. How strange does this view look without The Wheel?

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