2/1 Update: Added photos of the Golden Nugget Farewell Ceremony.
1/26 Update: Golden Nugget is bought by Knoebels
Breaking news, the Golden Nugget Mine Ride that has stood on the old Hun’t Pier in Wildwood, NJ since 1960 will be demolished. The Morey organization who currently owns the pier (and the three large amusement piers that are collectively known as Morey’s Piers) studied the feasibility of moving and reopening the ride but according to Jack Morey, “In the end, the old ride was just not viable given New Jersey state regulations and industry safety standards.” A public ceremony in memory of the old Philadelphia Toboggan Co. manufactured darkride/coaster will be held at 12:00pm on January 31st, 2009.
Here’s the official press release from Morey’s Piers.
This whole Golden Nugget thing has been going on for many years now. I remember back in 2005-ish when the Morey’s Piers website had a poll regarding interest in restoring the Golden Nugget. The ride was last open in 1999 when Dinosaur Beach occupied the pier and the ride was given a slight ‘dino’ theme inside. I had the chance to ride both versions when I was younger so at least I can say that I’ve been on it. It was a cool little dark ride with lots of old school scenery and Bill Tracy effects; an absolute boardwalk classic and one of the only things surviving from Hunt’s Pier. I’m sure there are many boardwalk goers who are going to be none to happy about this news.
What’s your take on this news?