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Goodbye, Planet Maze!

After 24 years, Planet Maze — the mini golf course, laser tag and amusements business on 33rd Street in Ocean City, known best for its big, green golf course aliens — is saying goodbye. 

The golf course sculptures will be auctioned off, for those who have ever wanted a UFO in their backyard.

Planet Maze will most likely be replaced by a five-story Hilton Tru hotel, its construction approved by the Ocean City Planning Commission earlier in the month. 

“All things change and come to an end, but there will be lots of other great things coming to Ocean City for people to enjoy,” said Rina Thaler, who owns Planet Maze with her husband Jeff Thaler and Jamie and Jeff Albright. “Our kids are all grown up and moved away, and it’s time for us to move on… It’s been a wonderful thing for our families and everyone who has visited there.” 

Jamie Albright, one of the owners of Planet Maze, expressed her gratitude to the business’s customers over the years in a Facebook post in an Ocean City Locals group.

Thank you for 24 FUN years!
Planet maze will be closing it’s doors on October 28th.

It’s been “A-mazing” hosting your parties, fundraisers, proms and family reunions. We hope we created the same great memories for all of you!
We thank all of our great staff over the years who have worked for us and we thank all of YOU for your support and visits to Planet Maze and Ocean City!

Adam Albright, son of Jamie and Jeff Albright, breaks ground on Planet Maze in 1993.

Planet Maze, which first opened its doors in 1993, consists of a Lasertron laser tag area, Lost Galaxy mini golf and a climbing maze. The business was a first job, and a choice birthday party venue, for many Ocean City locals and regulars who grew up in the ’90s and ’00s. 

Planet Maze will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday of its closing weekend, Oct. 27 – 28, 2018. 

Goodbye, Planet Maze!
Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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