Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to Feature Two New Rides This Summer

© Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Last fall we first heard of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's plan to spend $12 million to fully renovate, modernize and beautify their entrance area and improve several of their existing attractions.  The massive work has been underway since that time, but now it appears as though the expansion is going to be even bigger than before, with the addition of two new rides and an increased project budget of $14 million.

The two new rides will be a part of the renovated entrance setion, and can be seen in the beautiful concept art (above) that Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has created.

© Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The first new ride opening this summer is named Typhoon, and it will spin two giant arms in a full circle - upside down - at 60 feet above the boardwalk.  Manufactured by A.R.M., Typhoon will be similar to a ride the park used to have (also named Typhoon), but with modern upgrades.  The ride will be located just inside the new entrance, greeting visitors with a thrill as they start their day.

© Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Also joining the park's lineup of thrills is Shockwave, a popular Mega Disk'O ride from Zamperla.  Riders will be seated facing outward on a giant disk that spins as it moves up and down a 65 foot tall curved track.  The seats are akin to those of a motorcycle, giving passengers a uniquely free feeling as they twirl up and down.  Shockwave will be located on the park's upper deck, next to the Undertow coaster, looking over the expanded entrance area.

The park's previous announcements also covered changes to both the Fright Walk haunted house and The Vault Lazer Maze Challenge, along with new food, games and amenities.