Thursday, August 23, 2001 2:07 PM
Priscilla and I work for the same company here in San Diego. This weekend past, our company held its annual picnic at Mission Bay park. For those of you unfamiliar with San Diego, Mission Bay Park is a huge park/recreation area that surrounds Mission Bay. Since we were right around the corner from the Giant Dipper, we decided to get a coaster fix after a few hours of burgers and volleyball.
Since we planned to ride more than three times, we bought all day wrist bands and jumped in line. The previous train had just filled up when we got to the front which gave us first pick of seats on the next run. We decided to go for the front since we almost always sit in the back.
The front provided a different take on the ride. First off, I noticed how it is built right on sand. Secondly, the ride seemed a lot smaller from the front. I guess it didn't help that it was running rather slow that afternoon...and this is on a coaster that isn't known for screaming around its course. On the other hand, it wasn't nearly as rough as the back or middle...and provided a couple small hops of airtime in a couple spots.
We ended up riding three more times. I especially like the intamate feel of this coaster. It is like a neighborhood coaster for us. It's not part of a large park. It sits in the middle of a neighborhood next to the beach. The cool seabreeze and view of the ocean is wonderful. It's a bit rough in a couple of spots, but I still have a soft spot for it.
With it's palm trees and teal/pink trim, this coaster has a lot of character. When I was younger, it was disappointingly abandoned. We passed it many times on the way to my aunt's house. I was thrilled when STCC stepped in and saved this classic ride. It's a beautiful ride! Thank you STCC! If you ever find yourself in this area, take a ride. You may not have your socks knocked off, but you'll definitely have a memorable experience.
On our way out, we picked up a shot glass, magnet, and a poster. The poster was only $3.00 and is the only coaster poster I've ever purchased. The picture is fantastic. I may get another before they sell out.
PS...lucky me! A friend at work just gave us (yes! free!) 2 tickets to Disneyland and
DCA. Tell ya all about it next week. Ciao!
*** This post was edited by janfrederick on 8/24/2001. ***
Friday, August 24, 2001 12:59 PM
I was in San Diego in June and we went to Belmont Park for 20 minutes or so. Like you said, very cool location.
My wife and I thought SD was a very pretty city, what with the bay and such, especially from up on Point Loma. And Balboa Park was breathtakingly beautiful and HUGE.