…and it is all set on a Northern Californian beach right next to the great Pacific Ocean.
This place is none other than Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Opened in 1907, this oceanfront amusement park is currently one of the few remaining examples of its kind, and is still going strong today. The Boardwalk has been ranked multiple times as the #1 seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards, and it isn’t hard to see why. With great rides, great food, fun games, and a beautiful setting, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is one of the top attractions on the California coast.
Undertow was scheduled to open this past summer supposedly right around 4th of July, but got delayed for months due to some teething problems with construction. In layman’s terms, Maurer Söhne delivered the parts in a weird order, say you get delivered the chain and handlebars of a bicycle before the frame and the wheels. Further complications came up when the track didn’t fit together, supposedly a mistake made in the Maurer Söhne factory. This forced the Boardwalk to get a local contractor to literally bend the track into place. Testing then began in early fall, and the ride finally soft opened on October 19th, 2013. A grand opening ceremony will be held for the ride in spring 2014.
|This is the first, lower section of Undertow’s queue. |
Switchbacks will most likely be set up here for the summer.
|Undertow’s lift hill design is interesting in that the chain is detached at the bottom. |
This can be found on other Maurer spinners and some Wild Mouse coasters.
|This is angle of the ride, seen from the lower part of the queue, |
makes it look as though the car is rolling on the station’s roof.
|Located on the final brake run, this device locks the cars |
back into a straight forward/backward position.
|Giant Dipper is currently one of very few wooden coasters|
that still use the old skid brake system.
|The coaster has recently received a complete, fresh coat of paint,|
and its unmistakable red and white structure is now more vibrant than ever.
|These question bubbles were also recently added as part of the repainting project.|
|Everything from the structure, to the station, to even these |
handrails received some TLC this past year.
|This brand new Zamperla Happy Swing, Beach Swing, was opened this past summer. Kids love it!|
|Double Shot, built by S&S. This type of flat ride is fairly common, and the |
“Double Shot” model specializes not in size, but in airtime.
|And this here is Sea Swings. Chairswing rides are among the most common flat rides in existence.|
|Speedway here is a miniature version of the classic “whip” ride.|
The cars whip around the corner and produce some nice laterals.
|Haunted Castle is one of only three dark rides in Northern California, and the Boardwalk has all three of them.|
|This is Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s other famous attraction, the 1911 Charles Looff carousel.|
|Once you grab a ring from the dispenser, try to throw it into the clown’s mouth. A little warning: It’s not easy!|
|This is Laffing Sal, an animatronic figure made by PTC (Philadelphia Toboggan Company). |
This one originally existed at Playland by the Beach in San Francisco.