Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Sliding into history

The Giant Slide at Morey’s Surfside Pier, North Wildwood, New Jersey, is no more.

It was 42 years ago, in the autumn/fall of 1968, that brothers Bill and Will Morey spotted a giant 12-lane fibreglass slide operating near a shopping centre in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inspired by what they saw, the brothers purchased a similar ride, called the Wipe Out, and so began a life long passion in the amusement business (previously they were in construction).

Through an online lottery, 200 lucky riders had a “last chance” to slide down the Wipe Out on October 10. Orders were then taken for a memorial piece of the slide for $50 each, with proceeds being donated to IAAPA’s archive preservation fund.

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