Originally established in 1959, this fantastic amusement park features over thirty exciting rides for the whole family, ... More
Playland's Castaway Cove
Originally established in 1959, this fantastic amusement park features over thirty exciting rides for the whole family, including four roller coasters for all ages, bumper cars, an old-fashioned train, a tilt-a-whirl, and log flume.
Be careful if going to this amusement park. We were just there this past weekend. My 7 and 8 year old little girls were getting on a ride called the Cliff Hanger. Both girls were tall enough to ride. The ride started and they forgot to buckle my children into the ride. They also did not pull down the safety bar on them. Thank God We noticed when they came around to our side and before the ride actually picked up any momentum. My children were screaming in Fear because they knew they had not been buckled in and the ride started. All adults were yelling for them to stop the ride. It is an image I will not soon forget! If putting your child into a ride at this park, walk them to the seat yourself and make sure to buckle them in. The young kids that they have running these rides have no interest in your childs safety....
I think Wonderland has the better Ferris Wheel and the better log flume.
Playland has the best roller coasters and they have great scenary, plus they're right in the middle of the boardwalk and wonderland is all the down at the end. I can't to go next year!
I loved Castaway Cove. We went there for our 5th grade field trip. I think Castaway Cove is way cheaper than other amusement parks. You only pay a dollar per ticket. I did not have ANY dislikes. Only, that the High Seas had kind of a huge line, but it went pretty quick. (: You should go with your family, for i am going tommorow.!
Playland is way better than that tired looking joint called Wonderland. Playland has always taken a backseat to Wonderland but no more!. Playland and the Castaway Cove has been updated with the best rides for all ages.The only complaint are the ride operators from overseas who are rude.
I have been coming to OC for over 30 years and have loved every part of it. I took my 2 sons to Playland this evening for a few rides. While waiting patiently for our turn on the "Surf Shack" a woman shoved her kids to the front of the line and basically threw tix at the operator. I glared at her and turned away. As my kids got to the front of the line she AGAIN thrust her son in front of my children. I looked right at her and asked why her son gets to go in front of everyone. She rudely replied, "Because I own this place... I'm a Gillian." If in fact she is a Gillian I am mortified. I don't care if she's President of the United States. No one is entitled to be that crass. Regardless of whether or not she lied, shame on her for teaching her children to grow up as rude, obnoxious individuals like herself.
Castaway Cove is the perfect spot for having loads of fun while avoiding the larger crowds further up the boardwalk. Our young kids (ages 2 and 4) had plenty to do, and were even able to ride many "big kid" rides. We didn't have to worry about them wandering off or getting lost--as the layout is very understandable. I wish the tickets were not so expensive, but I guess that's to be expected when they are trying to make a lot of money in only one season. They do, however, have an Easter ticket sale where you can get the tickets much cheaper--check it out.
Some people just don't get the whole thing about going " down the shore ". But to those of us who do, A place like Playland is a connection between the past and the present. Hopefully the future. My parents took me there as a child. I took my children there. I'm hoping they take their children. Playland and the Ocean City experience for us provides a family connection. As much as they have made improvements and made it bigger it still comes down to that feel of enjoying the same type of outing from generation to generation. I have never gone a year of my life that I have not been to Playland and Ocean City. The fact that it is safe, clean and afforable doesn't hurt. The management team that operates this family business should be commended for the high standards they maintain.
We should all be fortunate enough to have a place like this in our lives!
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