WILDWOOD – Things are about to get “wild” at the Jersey Shore. Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, the classic seaside attraction located in the Wildwoods, NJ, will ring in the summer season with the opening of Raging Waters Water Park Saturday, May 23, 2015. Guests can slip and slide on exhilarating water rides such as the River Adventure, Shotgun Falls, the 175,000 gallon interactive activity pool and two interactive kiddie play areas.
All three of Morey’s amusement piers – Mariner’s, Surfside, and Adventure – will be open from Friday through Monday, May 22- 25, giving guests a glimpse of what promises to be one of the “wildest” summers on record on the Wildwood boardwalk, highlights include:
•KONG: An iconic boardwalk landmark in early 1970s, the new gorilla themed amusement ride will open to the public Memorial Day weekend on Surfside Pier. KONG, snorting smoke and fog, will sport an “I love Wildwood” t-shirt and clutch one of Wildwood’s well-known tram cars while hanging from the 60 feet tall lighthouse at the ride’s center. Eight vintage shark themed ride vehicles will duck and dive around the infamous gorilla, bringing riders 26 feet in air. After sunset, KONG will light up the night sky with a rotating light on top of the lighthouse and enhanced LED lighting outlining each ride vehicle.
Underneath the ride is Kong & Co. a new 3,000 square foot retail space offering charging stations and comfy chairs, as well as chocolate covered frozen bananas and merchandise for purchase.
•Wild Weekends: The Starlux and Blue Palms Resort are offering special “Wild Weekend” hotel packages that include three-night accommodations, two water park and ride combo passes for three days, VIP front of the line passes to KONG, two complimentary chocolate covered bananas, and a welcome gift. The “Wild Weekend” package is available for arrivals on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Rates for the three-night package start at $433 at The Starlux and $374 at the Blue Palms Resort. Packages are available May 21-25, May 28-30, June 4-8, June 11-15, and June 18-22 and are subject to availability. To book, guests can call the resort and mention the “Wild Weekends” package. For information on additional “Wild” themed hotel packages throughout summer 2015, visit http://hotels.moreyspiers.com/bluepalms/promotions or http://hotels.moreyspiers.com/starlux/promotions.
•art:LAB – artBOX, Morey’s Piers’ interactive artists’ colony crafted from 11 re-purposed shipping containers, will introduce new interactive workshop, art:LAB and a rotation of guest artists this summer. Led by resident artist, David Macomber, art:LAB allows kids of all ages, to create their own works of art to take home. Classes include block printing, origami, painting, jewelry making and more. Art:LAB is available from 5pm to10pm, Thursday to Sunday. No appointments necessary; class prices range from free to $35.
•School of Rock – Local band Bros. & Sisters kicks-off a full summer line-up of rock n’ roll as the first School of Rock performance at Adventure Pier on Saturday, May 23 at 7:00pm. The Memorial Day weekend music schedule also includes: Slyphr Sunday, May 24 at 7:00pm, and SoR Newtown Monday, May 25 at 2:00pm. For a schedule of performances through August, visit www.moreyspiers.com/schoolofrock.
Also occuring Memorial Day (May 25) from 7:00am to 12:00pm on the back of Adventure Pier, Morey’s Piers will host the second annual Wildwood MURPH Challenge Workout. This is a special group workout will be held all over the country in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2005. The workout consists of a one mile run, 100 air squats, 200 pushups, and 100 pull-ups, followed by a second one mile run all while enjoying the magnificent views of the beach and boardwalk. All proceeds from the Memorial Day event will be donated to the 31 Heroes Project. Advanced ticket purchase and sign-up is required.
For more information on Morey’s Piers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.