Thursday, December 18, 2014

Casino Pier Expanding in 2015 with New Rides + A Coaster for 2016

New Jersey's Casino Pier is continuing to rebuild after being mostly destroyed in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, and is planning its largest year of regrowth yet for 2015.

The seaside park was able to reopen in mid-summer 2013 after rebuilding their lower boardwalk, and added a handful of new rides to the lineup in 2014.

For next year one new ride will come online, named Shore Shot.  The ride will be a 125 foot tall Double Shot style free fall attraction.  The park created a video announcing the attraction, which has quite the 'Jersey Shore' feel to it!  Riders will blast up the tower at 45 miles per hour and then back down, bouncing up again several times.

© Casino Pier
Casino Pier's adjacent water park, Breakwater Beach, will also see many changes next year.  Above is concept art of the changes coming to the water park, where one entire end has already been bulldozed in anticipation of the expansion.

First will be a brand new 36 hold miniature golf course, and partially under it will be a greatly expanded go-kart track.  The new course will be much longer and feature modern attributes.

For comparison purposes, here is the current water park on the left, with the new plans lined up on the right.  The park will add a new wave pool (they did not have one previously) and also two new slides on the tower in the upper right.  One slide appears to be a drop-capsule speed slide, and the other is described as a "serpentine."  The back of the wave pool will be incorporated into the landscaping and water falls of the miniature golf course above it, which sounds quite pretty.  The food and beverage outlet that can be seen in the current aerial has been demolished and will be replaced by an all new outlet elsewhere in the park.

For 2016, Casino Pier is already planning another huge expansion, having submitted a request to expand the boardwalk Northward, making more room for rides.  Two of the attractions listed for the new space are a large Ferris wheel and a roller coaster - no details on what style of coaster though.  It's wonderful to see the park continue to thrive after Sandy attempted to ruin things!