History

60 Years of Family Fun
1964

In 1964 Charles “Buddy “ Jenkins and Arnold Palmer met… Jenkins had just acquired a large parcel of bayside property in Ocean City MD and Palmer — the reigning “King” of golf at the time — was developing Driving Ranges and Miniature Golf courses.

Jenkins purchased a franchise and in July 1964 opened the Arnold Palmer Putting Course and Driving Range. The following year, he added 10 Amusement Rides and over the next several years Jolly Roger® Park established itself as a major tourist attraction in the seaside resort.

1965

Added 6 Rides, including a Merry-Go-Round, Kiddie Roller Coaster, Skyliner and Train; the Train still operates today

Double Carousel

Added Carousel, Dry Slide and Bumper Cars

1970

Splash Mountain begins with a concrete Water Slide

1974

Acquired Pier and began major renovations and added new rides and attractions.

SpeedWorld

SpeedWorld® begins with 2 tracks – Formula One and Family Track

020

Jungle Golf is built – the first “elevated” Miniature Golf Course on the East Coast

green turf grass on a miniature golf course with boulders and rope walk

Opened Gold Rush – a Miniature Golf Course and Arcade in North Ocean City.

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Bumper Cars and Speed Boats added.

062

Added Log Flume

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Second Miniature Golf Course – Treasure Golf

114

Saw a Series of Live Acts and Shows:

  • Alligator Pond
  • Flying Wallendas
  • Petting Zoo
  • Bill Wills Parker Playhouse
  • Dolphin Show
  • High Dive Acts
  • Royal Hannford Circus
  • Lion and Tiger Shows
  • And who could forget, Donte the Elephant and Earl the Chimpanzee
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The Ferris Wheel, 1001 Nights, Music Express and Enterprise were added during the second renovation of the Pier

the roof of a haunted house attraction

More Amusement Rides and Haunted House added at 30th Street.

bird's eye view of race car tracks in front of the bay

SpeedWorld® expands with several new tracks.

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Splash Mountain expands with addition of Lazy River.

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Wild Mouse Roller Coaster added to Park.

a childrens play area in a water park on a bright sunny day

Expansion of Lazy River and addition of Lost Lagoon at Splash Mountain.

a bird's eye view of new amusements added to the jolly rogers splash mountain

Stealth, Master Blaster, Wave Pool and Rain Forest added at Splash Mountain.

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2 Great Parks 1 Low Price! In 2005 we officially branded Jolly Roger at the Pier, passes and armbands became valid at both locations

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Added Eye of the Hurricane at Splash Mountain.

Aqualoop

Aqua Loop – the East Coast’s only 360 Degree Looping Water Slide – added at Splash Mountain.

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Circus Smile begins their annual performances at Jolly Roger Park

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Jolly Roger® Amusement Parks Celebrates 50th Anniversary.

Mermaids Dawn (4)

Debut of Splash Mountain Mermaids

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Opened the Cyclone – world’s first Cart Coaster.

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First World Famous Black Friday Sale!

2017

The Tea Cups, a classic amusement favorite.

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The Kraken was added to the Pier location.

Christmas In July Toys

July 25th – First Christmas in July to benefit Toys for Tots

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Twist n’ Shout Kids Slide added to Splash Mountain

Giant Ferris Wheel with rainbow LED lights and a Pepsi Sign in the Middle

After a winter-long renovation the Giant Wheel at the Pier is reopened!

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Crazy Cabs added at the Pier.

Pink and yellow drop ride at Jolly Roger

Drop and Twist added to 30th Street Rides and Pirate Ship “appears”

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Barracuda added to 30th street.

Monster Truck attraction at Jolly Roger Speedworld

SpeedWorld becomes the home of the Monster Truck Shaker Experience

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Drop & Twist and the Freestyle 360 were brought to the Pier!

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The Zipper and Tilt-a-Whirl Rides were brought to 30th St.

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Sunny the Seagull went viral at Thrasher’s Fries!