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Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, including roller coasters. Yesterday Morey's Pier announced plans to retire the Flitzer Roller Coaster.
The announcement was received with mixed emotions and many people shared their love for the ride. The Morey family said the decision was a difficult one to make and announced the reasoning behind it on their website.
"While the retirement of many rides including; the Original Wipe Out Slide, the Golden Nugget, the Haunted House, the Jumbo Jet and Kong were all difficult decisions to make, retiring the Flitzer has been the most emotional one for us. However, from a technical perspective, there is simply no feasible way to extend the life of the ride any longer. The Flitzer opened on Surfside Pier in 1983, but it was originally manufactured in 1969. Over the last 15 years we’ve made significant investments to improve and enhance the Flitzer, so that it could remain in operation for as long as it has. Some of the improvements included; magnetic breaks, new tracks, a new control system, new theming and new cars. Retiring the Flitzer was not in our original plans for this year, but after a recent diagnostic exam of the main structural components of the ride, it was clear that we could not, and should not attempt to extend the life any longer. Additionally, the ride is no longer manufactured or supported by the original manufacturer and with New Jersey’s rigid regulatory environment, rebuilding the ride is simply not feasible. Lastly, we will simply not compromise on safety."
You can join Morey's Pier in saying goodbye to the ride at their farewell party on Sunday, September 23rd from 1 to 4pm. They plan to celebrate with an 80’s themed cover band, free rides, ride photos, and refreshments.