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Gillian’s Funland expands

Opened last summer, Gillian’s Funland at Sea Isle City in New Jersey will expand this season with the addition of five new rides.

After acquiring more land on both sides of the park, Jay Gillian worked with broker Rides-4-U to obtain a collection of rides from the now-defunct Kiddieland Amusement Park at Melrose Park in Illinois. These include a Eli Bridge Scrambler, Sellner Tilt-a-Whirl, Allan Herschell Wet Boats, plus a Zamperla Kiddie Swing Galleon ship.

“I chose these rides because they are great family rides,” offers Gillian, who also operates Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in nearby Ocean City,. “I hit all the numbers I planned to hit [last season]. I was very conservative.”

Gillian opened Funland with 12 rides plus concessions and made about $400,000 in his first season.

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