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.
Added 6 Rides, including a Merry-Go-Round, Kiddie Roller Coaster, Skyliner and Train; the Train still operates today
Added Carousel, Dry Slide and Bumper Cars
Splash Mountain begins with a concrete Water Slide
Acquired Pier and began major renovations and added new rides and attractions.
Speedworld® begins with 2 tracks – Formula One and Family Track
Jungle Golf is built – the first “elevated” Miniature Golf Course on the East Coast
Opened Gold Rush – a Miniature Golf Course and Arcade in North Ocean City.
Bumper Cars and Speed Boats added.
Added Log Flume
Second Miniature Golf Course – Treasure Golf
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
The Ferris Wheel, 1001 Nights, Music Express and Enterprise were added during the second renovation of the Pier
More Amusement Rides and Haunted House added at 30th Street.
Speedworld® expands with several new tracks.
Splash Mountain expands with addition of Lazy River.
Wild Mouse Roller Coaster added to Park.
Expansion of Lazy River and addition of Lost Lagoon at Splash Mountain.
Stealth, Master Blaster, Wave Pool and Rain Forest added at Splash Mountain.
Added Eye of the Hurricane at Splash Mountain.
Ziplines added to Speedworld®.
Aqua Loop – the East Coast’s only 360 Degree Looping Water Slide – added at Splash Mountain.
Circus Smile begins their annual performances at Jolly Roger Park
The Tea Cups, a classic amusement favorite.
The Kraken was added to the 30th Street location.
Twist n’ Shout Kids Slide added to Splash Mountain
After a winter-long renovation the Giant Wheel at the Pier is reopened!
Crazy Cabs added at the Pier.
Drop and Twist added to 30th Street Rides and Pirate Ship “appears”
Barracuda added to 30th street.
Jolly Roger® Amusement Parks Celebrates 50th Anniversary.
Debut of Splash Mountain Mermaids
Opened the Cyclone – world’s first Cart Coaster.
July 25th – First Christmas in July to benefit Toys for Tots
First Black Friday Sale – now a “World Famous” Locals Favorite
SpeedWorld becomes the home of the Monster Truck Shaker Experience