As a kid, I spent many a summer at the Wildwood beach and boardwalk in New Jersey, playing Fascination and dodging the tram car. I came across this great nine minute video from 1986 that really captures the essence of the Wildwood boardwalk (even if they do miss Ed’s Funcade, Ed’s Funcade Too, and Fascination). Particularly interesting is all of the on-ride footage from the piers. I had completely forgotten about the extremely un-PC “Jungleland” (1:37-2:15) and the roller coaster with the cool swirly tunnel (4:40-4:55) that could easily give riders vertigo. Even those who have never been to Wildwood may be able to appreciated the 1980s New Jersey fashion of “high hair, short skirts” which can still be seen in many areas of south Jersey today.
While I’m looking forward to getting back to Wildwood this year, this video is holding me over, bringing childhood memories flooding back.
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