The summer of 2017 will bring two new rides to Casino Pier in Seaside Heights – a roller coaster thrill ride and a Ferris wheel which promises stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and boardwalk.
Casino Pier officials made the announcement Wednesday, coinciding with continuing construction on a pier expansion.
The Ferris wheel, manufactured by Technical Park, will be located on the expanded pier and tower 131 feet into the air, said Maria Mastoris, marketing manager for the park. The new six0passenger Ferris wheel will give guests “great views of the boardwalk, beach and Atlantic Ocean from high above,” she said.
The roller coaster, which has yet to be named, is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter model Roller Coaster which has a 72-foot vertical lift and beyond-vertical drop. A “sensational” first drop of 97° starts the thrill ride, which tracks at 45 mp.h. Passengers will glide the 1,050-foot coaster track which includes a vertical loop, an Immelman turn and a heartline roll during its course.
The Roller Coaster has two, eight-passenger cars equipped with comfortable lap-bar restraints with redundant, hydraulic cylinders that safely keep passengers in the ergonomic bucket seats during the incredible ride. Also, durable magnetic brakes guarantee comfortable vehicle deceleration before they enter the station, said Mastoris.
Both of the rides will be installed for the 2017 season.