This past weekend as most of the eastern side of the country was covered in white snow, Andrew headed out to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for some fun in the California Winter.
Andrew also headed over to the World Premiere of the Legacy of Arrow Development so we have a few pictures from that event as well as information on this weekends screening at Six Flags Magic Mountain!!
Greetings from Santa Cruz, CA! Today we are visiting Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Shout out to all the East Coasters stuck in the snow. It's sunny and 65 degrees at the Boardwalk!
Hands up if you love classic coasters!
The Giant Dipper opened in 1924 and is the park's signature attraction.
Tons of history at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. What used to be a bathhouse is now a mini golf course.
According to the park, the Giant Dipper was built in 47 days. Sheesh Disney, what takes you so long? ;)
The Giant Dipper has a beautiful station that drops directly into a crazy pre-lift tunnel.
SCBB has an original "Laffing Sal" on display. Did you know these were made by PTC in the 1920's?
Haunted Castle is a really awesome classic dark ride. Some cool surprises here!
Be sure to check out our on-ride video of Haunted Castle taken last year.
Thanks SCBB for a great afternoon
We also headed over to Silicon Valley for the world premiere of The Legacy of Arrow Development
Look who was well represented at the event!!!
Some classic old school coaster memorabilia was on display. Does anyone have their XLR-8 credit?
Check out this ride vehicle on display from Great America
The event was great and the documentary fantastic.
Don't forget if you are in Southern California you have another opportunity to catch the Legacy of Arrow Development THIS SATURDAY at 4:00pm at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Check out all the details below.
About the event
We hope to see you there, it's going to be an AMAZING event!!
Last week we made our first visit to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk since 2009. It was kind of an "end of summer" quick trip to the Bay Area and SCBB was at the top of our list. Every time we visit this great park we always wonder why it took us so long to get back. A mistake we won't be making again.
Since our last visit the park has added the amazing Haunted Castle and a new coaster, Undertow. We've also got some POV video's of the Giant Dipper, Cave Train Adventure and the Haunted Castle. So sit back and enjoy one of the best parks around!!
* Written by Gregg Condon
It was an absolutely beautiful day to be on the boardwalk
After getting our ride wristbands our first stop was the newest coaster Undertow.
Since our last visit the park has started using MyBoardwalk Cards for arcades, games, and individual rides. They’ve replaced arcade tokens, cash, and paper tickets which makes it so easy to just enjoy your day at the park without having to carry tokens and tickets around all day.
It doesn't spin as much as other spinning coasters but it was still a really fun ride.
A look down at the boardwalk
The cars are a bit different than other spinning coasters, which is probably why they don't spin much.
But it's a great addition to the park and everybody seemed to really enjoy it.
The park was fairly busy for a Monday but due to the parks amazing operations we didn't wait more than 10-15 minutes for anything.
The Haunted Castle was also new to us, the last time we were at the park was the last year for the old dark ride. We rode it on one of the last days it was open.
Full ride POV of the Haunted Castle, be sure to watch in HD!! =)
No way we could ever come up to Santa Cruz and not take a ride on the Giant Dipper. Despite it's age it's still one of the best wooden coasters in CA (not like that's really saying much), but it's still REALLY good.
Giant Dipper definitely has one of the more unique stations. The coaster was only running 1 train, but again the amazing operations insured a minimal wait all day.
Not the best Giant Dipper POV you'll ever see, but it was such a perfect day we couldn't resist.
Because it was so warm the longest wait of the day was the Log Ride. Which is funny because the beach is quite literally just behind me taking this picture. =)
Any park with a Rock-O-Plane is A-OK with us!!
The park has an amazing collection of classic flat rides.
Kiddie Coaster. We had the credit, but it's a fun one.
No trip to Santa Cruz could ever be complete without a ride on the classic Cave Train Adventure. Be sure to check out our on-ride POV below.
Ghost Blasters, always fun.
The Skyglider also had a pretty long line. It was an amazing day for it.
Oh yeah, fried stuff!!!
Now that's a big donut ...
Alright, that's gonna wrap it up for our look at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. If you'd like to learn more about the Boardwalk and their hours and events, you can click here. We can't wait to get back up north to visit again soon.