Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk construction underway for new rides

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2003 4:30 AM | Contributed by Bush985

A new photo update at shows construction for the two new rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Cliffhanger is almost ready to go, while Fireball's foundation is being prepared.

Link: NorCalCoasters.Com

Wednesday, February 5, 2003 8:27 PM
Cliff Hanger is in the spot where "Bermuda Triangle" (Scrambler) used to be for many years. Wirlwind, a Huss ride that was part of the revamped "River Walk" area, and "Spin Out" the Boardwalk's version of the spinning teacups are very similar to a Scrambler. The Boardwalk's Pirate Ship ride (also from Huss) has large footers. The reason for the digging/trenching for "Fire Ball" is so that the ride will be elevated and the circle of riders can clear the Giant Dipper's exit/on ride photo booth building. The area has been home to two previous rides including "Chaos" in over 5 years. Prior to that the site was where the origional Auto Skooter bumper cars were.
Thursday, February 6, 2003 6:19 AM
What ever happened to their Wipeout? I didn't see it when I was there in July.
Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:01 PM
The Wipeout was removed 3 years ago and Chaos replaced it. Both were in the same spot where Fire Ball is going in now. That spot next to the Giant Dipper exit seems to be where the Boardwalk debuts a new ride every few years. Last year the "Wave Jammer" was replaced by "Rock 'n Roll", the sharp looking Matterhorn or flying himalaya.
Thursday, February 6, 2003 10:01 PM
Yea, I rode Rock ' n Roll last weekend, I just wish they ran it a little bit faster. It was a pretty tame ride.
Friday, February 7, 2003 5:39 AM
Im surprised they have some of the flat rides they do. Although good rides, I was surprised to see an Eli Wheel and a Rock-O-Plane, both rides are low-turnover and require a single load seat which highly reduces capacity. They should replace the wheel with a Giant Chance Wheel, there you can load Four tubs at a time with up to Six People, and keep the Rock-O because it's a classic.
Monday, February 10, 2003 8:52 PM
Rock 'n Roll could be a bit faster like similar rides at fairs (Flying/Alpine Bobs-Thunder Bolt etc.) The city of Santa Cruz has placed a height limit on how tall rides can be on the Boardwalk. No ride can be taller than the 70 foot lift hill of the Giant Dipper, or the Hurricane (SDC Windstorm coaster on top of the bumper car building), the reason they can't put up a Giant Chance Wheel.
Friday, October 10, 2003 12:52 PM
I used to work for SCBB from 2/98 to 9/98. BOTH RIDES I FOUND FUN! I loved riding Chaos. I surely miss Chaos. I met the guy who does the voiceover,his name shall remain annomyous. BUT.. he's a pretty cool guy. I hope to see more vast improvements on the park in the future. I also ran into the owner while working there. He's a pretty nice guy. I dunno if any of you people were there in 1998. I was that's all I know. I worked in what is known as Area 2 (The rides up to the Giant Dipper) as a sweeper. I was one classic person. They hated to let me go. But they had to. I was not really doing my work that well. BUT, I still go there and Karoke once in a while so if you see a guy doing Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name" that is me! :) I'll talk to you later people. Have a great one.

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