SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK
Santa Cruz, California (Abbreviation: SCBB)
Park News - (5/26/14) I forgot to mention this last week, but the beautiful Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Giant Dipper wooden coaster turned 90 years old on May 17th. Always one of my favorite rides (I just LOVE the tunnel at the start) the Giant Dipper stands as the oldest coaster in California, the 5th oldest in the entire country and 9th oldest in the world.
(1/10/11) Want to see what the new Haunted Castle at SCBB looks like? Check out this great video uploaded to YouTube by Sally Corp that shows off the new dark ride as well as various scenes under more optimal lighting conditions than what we’ve seen elsewhere.
2014 - Undertow - (1/20/14) ACE Northern California has posted the first POV video footage (and reverse POV) from the new Undertow spinning coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Check it out below!
(10/21/13) I’m told that SCBB finally was able to quietly soft open their new Undertow coaster on Saturday at last. No word on what the delay was, but a few lucky people were able to finally ride the new creation. Officially, the park’s website still has it listed as “Coming Soon” however.
(10/6/13) For whatever reasons, Undertow has still not opened to guests, so it looks like they will have to re-market this as a new for 2014 attraction.
(8/19/13) While Undertow isn’t open for guests yet, it seems that it has begun test runs this week, as seen in this video.
(7/26/13) A little good news from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this week, Theme Park Overload reports that the trains have finally been loaded onto the track of Undertow. Hopefully this means they will be able to start testing very soon.
(7/15/13) According to an update posted to ThemeParkPOVs the opening of the new Undertow coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been delayed. The coaster appears complete, so I’m not sure what the problem is, but according to the report to now wont be ready to open until late August. Ouch… not good news for a seasonal park.
(7/1/13) The local news reports that the new Undertow roller coaster at SCBB will open sometime in July, though the park has yet to set an official date.
(1/21/13) I’m told that the pieces of the new Undertow coaster have been shipped from the manufactuer and should be arriving at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk very soon.
(12/31/12) I borrowed a new photoshopped image showing off what Undertow will look like on the old Hurricane spot from the official park site.
(8/28/12) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announced Undertow, a new Maurer Spinning Coaster coming to the park to replace Hurricane for the 2013 season. The coaster itself will stand 50 feet tall and spin riders along its 1410 feet of track.
(8/20/12) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will announce the new ride coming to replace the Hurricane coaster on August 27th. The local news has also confirmed that the Hurricane was sold to a new owner, and will be sent to Western Playland Amusement Park in New Mexico.