Morey’s Piers, celebrating fifty years on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, New Jersey, will debut a new ride this summer on Surfside Pier, the family-friendly Runaway Tram.
From Zierer, the new family roller coaster is themed after the recognisable Wildwood Sightseer Tramcar, an icon of the Wildwood Boardwalk since it debuted nearly 70 years ago on June 11, 1949. Originally built for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the trackless trains take passengers along the two-mile boardwalk while echoing the famed, pre-recorded phrase “watch the tramcar please.”
“The Wildwood Sightseer Tramcar is a beloved sight on the boardwalk, and it made complete sense to pay homage to this Jersey shore staple as we celebrate 50 years on the piers,” said Jack Morey, second generation partner of Morey’s Piers. “To keep our family business ever-evolving, we strive to create innovative new experiences for our guests that honor the history of Wildwood.”
A total investment of $4 million, the Runaway Tram will climb 40 feet (12 m) before coasting, twisting and turning riders along 922 feet (281 m) of track. The Zierer Force 280 coaster features one train with 10 two-person passenger cars. Attraction Design Company JRA is custom designing the ride’s train and station. To make room for the new ride Morey’s Piers had to move seven rides and completely reconfigure Surfside Pier.