Question about the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk...

Monday, February 11, 2002 2:47 PM
Will it ever get a 100ft+ or a major ride? It has...

 The Giant Dipper (1924 out and back woodie 70 ft)

[url]http://www.coastergallery.com/2000/cruz03.html

Hurricane (1992 SDC Windstorm Model)

[url]http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery205.htm?Picture=2

Sea Serpant (2000 jr coaster)

[url]http://www.coastergallery.com/2000/cruz13.html

It also has about 35 other rides including a Chaos, Merry Go Round, Ferris Wheel, Mine Train, Log Jammer, and 2 bumper cars.

I live in Santa Cruz and I just went on Sunday, I was there for only 5 hours, and rode all of the rides. I think it needs something like a boomerang or a gyro drop, anyone know if anything big can ever come to this ancient sea side park???

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Monday, February 11, 2002 5:00 PM
Well, as the record states, their foodservice and games out gross the rides, so until something comes along that can change that, it won't happen. They have no competition. No they don't. Its like comparing Morey's Piers to Great Adventure. Apples and Oranges.

They have an excellent employee base of locals and European, who can handle the operation. They have no debt. Its hard for any family to louie up the the bar to borrow 10 million for a ride. Very tough. What they have is in good shape.

Mind you, if something happened to the Giant Dipper, God forbid, it would be replaced, but with another twister woodie. No steelies or hypers or stand up. They can maintain those rides with great success against the elements. They know their place in California tourism.

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Monday, February 11, 2002 11:22 PM
Yeah, it has a quaint, seaside feel to it. It is not, and will never be one of those large corporate places. I wouldn't mind if they had a hyper, but what they have right now is just fine. There also isn't very much room there. I don't know where they would put something that big.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2002 12:38 AM
SCBB doesn't need anything large. It's a great park as it is. When I was there last summer I wondered if a looping coaster could be squeezed in there somehow. It wouldn't have to be anything big or fancy.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2002 11:51 AM
Maybe a looping shuttle would fit somewhere.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2002 11:55 AM
Maybe Marine World should just get rid of V2 instead of butchering it (just speculation at this point), and sell it as is to the Boardwalk! That would be sweet! It matches the ocean theme perfectly, since it is like waves rocking back and forth. 
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 4:59 AM
I think Viper from SFOG would fit in perfectly.

But they don't need it, since they have Giant Dipper.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 8:27 AM
I heard that there was some talk between the park and S&S. I don't know if anything ever came of that.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 8:30 AM
If that is true about S&S it's probably for a space shot or turbo drop. Don't get all excited about the possibility of them getting a TA2K ;)

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 8:38 AM
Oh I'm sure it would have been for either towers or their "Insane" slingshot ride. There is no place you could put a full fledged coaster.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 9:50 AM
I lived in Santa Cruz from 1988 until 1995, and I was able to find out a lot about how it was run, mainly because some of my friends worked there.

They probably will never put in a gyro-drop, or anything like that because they are trying to keep a 1920's-30's midway feel, so anything that seems or looks too modern won't do. There was even a big debate some of the last rides installed, a Chance Chaos and a haunted-house/light gun dark ride. The Chaos was not too big of a problem(it might be modern, but it doesn't detract from the midway theme) but the dark ride, 'Ghost Blasters', had a tougher time gaining approval, it ended up in the kiddie area.

They are also completely out of space, so any new ride will require the removal of an old one. When they added Ghost Blasters and a second (blacklit)bumper cars, they removed the car ride which upset a lot of locals.(Wait, isn't there already a haunted house and bumper cars?)The car ride wasn't much but the GP always likes them, even though it had the usual horrendous capacity, and most of the course was beneath the log ride, causing suprise water splashes. I still remember the shock when they said they were taking out the Jet Star I for an SDC Windstorm. Before the Jet Star I there was a weird old german Wild Mouse coaster that actually had the peg and middle rail, which allowed it to tip around edges. I didn't think much of them replacing the ride until I got older and realized that there aren't any other wild mouses in the US that have tipping cars.

So the thought of getting anything tall is out of the question, not only do they not want anything to overshadow all of the other rides, but Santa Cruz also has a very low height limit(I think it had a tree-level limit or 80 feet, the reason for both is because the redwood trees are sometimes over 80 feet tall)

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 11:12 AM
You know it amazes me that SCBB is able to pull in the amount of people they do every year without much change at all.  It really goes to show the level of quality at the park imo, not to mention the one thing that a lot of people love: nostalgia.  Personally, I wouldn't want to see anything massive at the park, including an S&S drop/shot ride.  I feel it would take away from the charm of the Boardwalk, and that is something that would kill the place imo. 
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 11:37 AM
SCBB remains my favorite place in California. In fact, Santa Cruz all together is an amazing place to spend a weekend. Maybe that's why it's so expensive to live there. I agree, they don't need anymore attractions on the boardwalk. This supposed S&S attraction that was being talked about was just that, talk.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 2:07 PM
I agree with you guys that it is great how it is now and anything big would sorta ruin it but I think it needs a little more. I don't mean a hyper or a TA2K, something like a boomerang or a V2. A turbo drop or anything from S&S would be great.

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"My dream is to ride Janet Jackson on X"

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 5:35 PM

NastyPartyBoy2k1 said:
"A turbo drop or anything from S&S would be great."

Anything? How about a Frog Hopper

and there will be no "nasty parties" with you and my future ex-wife...

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 1:28 PM
They got a frog hopper last year with all of their other new rides (Ghostblasters,Sea Serpent,ect...) but they took it out for some reason, I think it is to boring even for the kiddies.
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-Eric
"My dream is to ride Janet Jackson on X"
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