I spotted tickets during an annual Easter sale and managed to save about 30%. Once I received the vouchers in the mail I was to call the piers and reserve a date and time, as they only have the experience on weekend mornings before the piers open for operation, and only during mid-July to mid-August. One stipulation - surely to ensure timely boardings and gondola turnovers was that we had to choose our entrees when we reserved our date/time, which was weird because how do you know what what you're going to want to eat for breakfast three months out? We wound up choosing what we thought might be "safer" items we felt we typically enjoy. I got the Steak & Egg Scramble while my better half ordered the Jersey Tomato BLT with Fried Egg.
Our reserved day was finally upon us this past weekend. We lucked out with perfect weather and headed down from Philly to the Jersey Shore bright and early on Saturday to arrive by our 9am reservation time, strolling onto Mariners Pier to the early morning sights and sounds of workers firing up kiddie rides for testing. Upon approaching the back of the pier we spotted a check in table surrounded by benches occupied by other hungry guests. We were immediately greeted, asked if we needed one last bathroom break (they warn you when you reserve you can't get on/off during the 45-60 minutes you'll be on the Wheel) and were seated in our gondola within 5 minutes of arriving.
And this is when the amazement of just how well of a well oiled machine this entire operation is. They have really thought of just about everything. You are seated first and they quickly fold out and snap into place your table, and cover it with a white linen table cloth. From there, one by one workers stop past each with something different: a bucket of bottled water/juice on ice, a bread basket overflowing with different types of toast and croissants, butter and jam, a condiment basket with salt/pepper/ketchup/hot sauce/honey/faux flowers, a small glass candle holder-turned-trash bin, and of course to offer us some coffee (one cup each or an entire carafe?).
We were also asked if we wanted our photo taken with one of our phones (of course we do!)
Finally our covered entrees came out and at that point the head manager of the whole operation stopped by to ask if we had everything we needed, and to offer us a card with her cell phone number in case of any emergency and joked she's prefer if we didn't throw anything off of The Wheel in effort to get their attention.
She also explained we wouldn't be moving the entire time, that as they loaded other guests we would stop at three points on the wheel before we would return to unload. And with that she motioned to the operator booth and he dispatched us - immediately right to the very top!
So, the food. We both thought everything was absolutely excellent. Completely exceeded our expectations. Of course when you are eating breakfast at 156 feet in the air its hard not to take 1000 pictures of everything around you, but we did manage to put our phones down long enough to scarf down almost everything on the table.
As mentioned we got to check out the morning awakening of Mariners Pier, with workers testing rides & the waterpark coming alive with the lifeguards' morning roll call and the first few guests arriving and populating the park. We actually wished we had brought bathing suits with us to go right into the waterpark after - its been a while and it just looked so enticing!
A few afterthoughts: We were on the wheel just under an hour, and felt the experience was over so fast! We joked with the workers while unloading that we would happily go back up for a couple more hours. They laughed and informed us they only had two open slots the rest of the weekend.
We did agree that while they advertise that they can accommodate up to 4 people per gondola that it may not have been comfortable with four people since the table takes up so much space. We also thought it would have been nice if they allowed BYOB but I understand why they wouldn't. We did joke about bringing along a flask with some vodka to mix with our juice but we couldn't be bothered and were happy we didn't since we probably would have slept all day. Its a completely unique experience and totally worth the cost. We will absolutely do this at least once a summer. Next time we're doing the waterpark right after.
After our awesome breakfast we poked around on the boardwalk near Mariners and shopped a bit before heading to my moms for some afternoon beers and relaxation before returning to the boardwalk in the evening for some dinner (Macks Pizza, duh), cleaning out some cranes @ Gateway 26, pounding some stiff Oranges Crushes at my new favorite bar in WW Joe's Fish Co (we also tried their crab dip - WTF so good) and to hit a couple rides: IT, Zoom Phloom, The Great White, and Screamin' Swing.
I stopped in the KONG shop below the ride and grabbed a really awesome The Great White t-shirt I've had my eye on for a while. Totally nerdy with all the rides stats on it.
The rides were all running awesome - IT is easily my favorite ride in Wildwood at the moment, we got grouped with two hilarious teenage girls on the Zoom Phloom and got SOAKED, and The Great White was running like an absolute bat out of hell late Saturday night. Seriously WTF are they feeding that thing.
As always, fantastic day in Wildwood, Morey's never disappoints. Can't wait to get back down and definitely can't wait to have Breakfast in the Sky again next summer!!!
Zoom Phloom x1
The Great White x1
Screamin Swing x1