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New Ferris Wheel Towers Over Casino Pier, But When Will it Begin Running?

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The new Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The new Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Onlookers gazed at the new Ferris wheel towering over the Seaside Heights boardwalk on a sunny Thursday afternoon. In due time, the ride will lure thousands of children and adults, and will be brightly lit with LED lights.

But before the Ferris wheel, as well as the new Hydrus roller coaster, can begin running, they must obtain approval from state inspectors. New Jersey is one of the few states that tightly regulate rides through the Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Act. The law requires that materials be approved by the state Department of Community Affairs before they are even shipped to the state, and state inspectors must ensure that the rides were built to exact manufacturer specifications before they can run.

The new Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The new Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Casino Pier, which owns both Hydrus and the Ferris wheel, has begun testing the roller coaster and will soon be doing the same for the Ferris wheel, borough officials said.

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Maria Mastoris, spokeswoman for Casino Pier, said neither ride has a definite timeline on when they’ll open to the public.

“We still have to go through state inspections for Hydrus, which hopefully can take place next week, but we aren’t sure,” she said in an e-mail to Shorebeat. “As soon as we go through inspection we would hope to open.”

The new Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The new Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The new Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The new Ferris wheel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

As for the Ferris wheel, pier employees are still putting the finishing touches on the ride, then ride operator training and testing will get underway, followed, of course, by the state inspection.

Opening dates will be announced to the media and the public once a timetable is set, Mastoris said.

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  • Barry Dugac

    Daniel Nee the Casino Pier is hoping to have Hydrus and Ferris Wheel open to the public by Memorial Day week End. Everything so far is going right on schedule. Daniel you have to see Hydrus with the green lights at night. I am waiting to see the LED Lights
    on the Ferris Wheel when they go on. Seaside Boardwalk is in for a real good treat when the two rides get going. People from all over are taking pictures of the two new rides The state inspection will hopefully will be done before Memorial Day week end. .

    • Mac

      Yes, it sounds delightful, for sure. My biggest concern for the public though, is your line “People from all over are taking pictures of the two new rides.” You didn’t mention that local officials have the recorded license plate printouts to substantiate that these pictures have actually both been taken and duly witnessed for all of those ‘entitled’ to see.

      • Rich W

        That’s a good thing. Check for the criminal element among out-of-towners. We law-abiding citizens have nothing to worry about… unless you’re paranoid!

        • Mac

          Criminal element? Just out-of-towners? Paranoid? Is 8am in Seaside a high tide timeout to celebrate drug use? Half of your residents living in your motels are too stoned to even be able to drive, so your law enforcement doesn’t even know they are there. No license plate printouts available to detail or reveal the hidden, swept under the carpet non-records apparently.

          Misguided priorities create vast holes in the intelligent application of law enforcement practices. Generally speaking, we refer to that as county prosecutor touted policies brought to us directly from the heart of the homeland.

          Rich W., you present yourself as an honest citizen who has nothing to hide. Your stated values represent NJ in Old America, before voters fell for the ‘political correctness’ cop-out that encouraged them to surrender their responsible public duties to opportunists of pure corruption and unworthy self-gain without any remorse.

          Frankly, it’s your personal values that make it so, so easy for them to fleece you more and more as each day passes. But don’t worry. It could be over soon. Throughout the history of our world, republics take up very few pages. The norm is 250-years of operation before they fall victim to hopeless corruption. Perhaps that is why the leadership of Seaside is so distraught over the thought of anyone taking pictures of them in action.

  • Goodgrief

    I for one am happy New Jersey inspects amusement rides.

  • Stephen M Mellon

    Seaside coming back to life!!!!

  • Barry Dugac

    Daniel Nee the Ferris Wheel lights will do over one hundred patterns of lighting. Ferris Wheel lights were on yesterday. The lights on Hydrus were on last night.
    I wish the Casino Pier the best in order to pass state ride inspection. To the new ride operators that will operate Hydrus and Ferris Wheel, remember that peoples lives are
    in your hands when operating the ride. Safety first is the key to a real good ride operator.