The White Dotte Dairy Bar & Grill

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The White Dotte Dairy Bar & Grill in Vincentown, NJ serves food, ice cream, and auto electronics! Everyone on the staff wears a tee shirt with her nickname on the back. Our waitress was “Boss Chrissy.” And yes, the burgers were terrific.

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Seasides Heights 2015 (with video)

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We visited the Seaside Heights boardwalk a few weeks ago and while it isn’t quite back to its old tawdry pre-Sandy self (and probably never will be for a number of reasons,) It’s once again a great boardwalk with lots of reasons to go there. Lucky Leo’s arcade is going strong. There are plenty of food vendors such as Three Brothers Pizza (home of the largest pizza I’ve ever personally seen) and the Midway Steak House.

The Casino Pier has been rebuilt and there are a number of rides sitting on it. It doesn’t seem to have the crowded carnival feel it once did, but then again we were there during the day and the pier wasn’t even open yet.

I didn’t see any major reconstruction of the Funtown Pier at the south end. Developers and city officials are still working out the details of how that end of the boardwalk will be redeveloped. Here’s an article from the Asbury Park Press.

Here’s a 45-second video of what I saw.

Update on the Spook House at Keansburg Amusement Park

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A few weeks ago we were at Keansburg Amusement Park to check on the status of the Spook House. Unfortunately it is gone for good, and a restaurant is going in its spot.

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However, right across the midway is a new addition, the Haunted Manor. This is a walk-through with its own history. It was the sole-surviving attraction at the eastern tip of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, sitting adjacent to the roller coaster that ended up in the ocean.

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The owners dismantled the fun house and reassembled it in Keansburg. I guess the Gelhous family, which owns the park, decided that the combination of the new funhouse and a new restaurant was the best thing for the future of the park.

We’re going to Disney World

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My wife and I will be in WDW for a week, and I hope to post some videos from there, all shot and edited on my iPhone.

On a related subject, Disney has just announced the third Starbucks location in an Orlando park. This one will be be located on Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and themed as a trolley station.

When the Disney/Starbucks partnership was announced last year, I produced this episode of Mouse Flicks for mouseplanet.com:

You can see all episodes of “Mouse Flicks” here.

The Spook House at Keansburg Amusement Park, New Jersey

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Since I missed Throwback Thursday, here’s a throwback monday – The Spook House at Keansburg Amusement Park, taken in the mid – ’80s.

It was the oldest continuously operating pretzel dark ride (I know that’s a lot of qualifiers) in the U.S. – until it was flooded during Sandy.

I understand that it has been restored and reopened, but I can’t confirm this and I haven’t had a chance to go there and find out for myself.

Spook House Keansburg 1992