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Gillian's Wonderland Pier - Review

Gillian's Wonderland Pier

Park Info
Location: Ocean City, New Jersey, United States
Status: Operating
Opened: 1965
Attractions: 38
Member Ratings
Park: 5.2/10 (14 votes)
Coasters: 4.2/10 (23 votes)
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    Gillian's Wonderland Pier - Review

    Review by: Webmaster | Last update: 19-Jan-2004 | Based on 1 visit in 05/03

    Wonderland Pier was founded by Roy Gillian, son of David Gillian, who started out life in Ocean City as a performer, and then went on to open a Fun Deck in 1957, complete with a Ferris Wheel and a Merry-go-round. Gillian's Piers now consist of the Wonderland Pier, Gillian's Island Water Park and Adventure Golf.

    Gillian's Wonderland Pier is located on the land side of the boardwalk, and the majority of it is not over the beach or water like most traditional piers. Admission to the pier is free, and individual tickets, or books of tickets can be purchased for the rides. The pier is divided into four sections, an indoor area that adjoins to boardwalk, a midway area, which is the largest area of the pier, and an upper and lower deck area.

    Ride wise there is nothing stunning at the pier, but they do have a good selection, including many traditional carnival rides, as well as some more intense modern flat rides like Twister and Inverter. The park also has a couple of water rides, several kiddie rides, and two roller coasters. The good thing about the establishment is that is very clean and everything appears to well maintained, with most of the rides looking brand new.

    In my eyes, Gillian's presents a far nicer atmosphere than some of the more shabby and tacky attractions located along the New Jersey shoreline. Although the attractions are somewhat limited in terms of thrills (as with most piers), it is a nice family oriented pier that doesn't overcharge due to its beach front location. I would definitely recommend a stop if you are in the area, or want an affordable family days fun.

    Coasters:  3/10
    Dark Rides:  1/10
    Flat Rides:  7/10
    Kiddie Rides:  6/10
    Water Rides:  3/10
    Cleanliness:  10/10
    Food:  N/A
    Landscaping:  4/10
    Theming:  3/10
    Staff Friendliness:  7/10
    Staff Efficiency:  7/10



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