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Where’s the ferris wheel?

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

The Jolly Roger ferris wheel is a staple of the Ocean City boardwalk. When you look down toward the Inlet from the northern end of the beach or boardwalk, you expect to see it there as much as you expect to see the two poles of the Slingshot or the Looping Star roller coaster that’s normally right next to it. 

But sometimes, in the off season, instead of seeing this…

ferris wheel and roller coaster
(AKA the usual rides and a clear blue sky)

You see this. 

Jolly Roger
Only the Slingshot and the coaster–with a cloudy autumn sky to boot.

As you might have guessed, the 116 foot Giant Ferris Wheel is down for maintenance. 

“It needed some refurbishment and some general maintenance, probably needs a coat of paint and new lights but it’ll be back in the same spot with the same great views,” said Dean Langrall, Jolly Roger’s Director of Sales. “Certainly we’ll have it back up by the time the weather’s good in the spring.” 

There might be a big, empty spot on the pier now, but you can bet that the ferris wheel will be back up by the time Jolly Roger opens for the 2018 season on Easter weekend (which, thankfully, is early this year, at the tail end of March and the start of April).

Jolly Roger will be open on weekends from Easter until Springfest, after which they will return to their seasonal hours. Then you can ride the freshly-painted ferris wheel as many times as your heart desires. 

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