Crews in Carolina Beach are working to finish setting up amusement rides near the boardwalk before Memorial Day weekend. Visitors and business owners can not wait until the Tilt-a-Whirl is up, and running.
“I’m really excited because I’ve really never had an amusement park right by where I live,” said Carolina Beach visitor Rachel Piedmont.
Boardwalk store owner Juanita Dail said, “Children will come down the streets and the first thing, start looking, pointing.”
They are pointing at the new rides next to the boardwalk in Carolina Beach. It has been nearly a decade since the town got rid of the amusements, but next weekend Tilt-a-Whirls and fun houses will once again be up and running at the beach. Local businesses are happy to welcome them back. “I think it’s great you know, the boardwalk used to be a lot of fun and now a lot of people like to come down here and vacation, but there’s not really anything for them to do down here,” said Tara Slocum of Britt’s Donut Shop.
Parents and kids both agree; an amusement park is exactly what the beach needed to add to the already entertaining atmosphere. “I think it will fit in perfectly because it will be more family oriented, you know your kids and everything it will just give the parents more peace of mind,” described Johnnie Adams.
“I’m excited,” Emily Piedmont said. “It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
But bringing back the rides has not come cheap. It cost $20,000 just to run the power lines, and a $10,000 deposit for the electricity. Business owners said tourists will more than make up the difference. “I just hope that everyone has a great season and that it’s an answer to a prayer,” added Dail.
Business owners said they expect the rides to provide a big boost for business. Even in a down economy, many are expecting summer sales to be up at least 50 percent.