This really is a fantastic addition to the SCBB! The updates they are doing here and there are just fantastic! I used to have family in Santa Cruz and went up a couple times a year, but since they moved, it has been a while! Hopefully on one of my trips back to Cali in the future I'll be able to head up to NorCal again!
At long last, it's open. However, I'm not sure if it'll be running all weekends for limited op. I know that some 'walk rides close when the weather doesn't cooperate, yes, but as for closing for limited op purposes and limited op purposes alone...I'm curious to find out how things play out over the off-season.
Is it safe to assume that it's too late (full op is over come the end of this month) now for this thing to be an effective draw? If that is the situation here, then I feel sorry for the 'walk as they are the only park to receive a Maurer spinner as of now to have this terrible luck. I mean, MS has had over a decade of experience making spinning coasters and yet they mess up on this one in particular? How can something like that happen with that much experience making the same product? Now if Undertow does manage to draw crowds (assuming it is open almost every if not every single weekend of limited op) in the coming months then that of course would be better for the 'walk and would heal some of the financial wounds inflicted by the ride's nearly four month long delay as well as the costs of running and maintaining it in the off-season.
Again, I'm just very curious as to how things are going to play out for the 'walk through the off-season and am not coming to any conclusions here, just something to think about.
^Mistakes happen. No company or person is perfect. If SCBB acted in a proper manner there was a clause in the contract for the delivery and opening date of the coaster from Maurer Sohne, and there is monetary compensation on the way. If SCBB didn't take this precaution, then shame on them.
Attendance and ridership at SCBB are more tied to the weather than any new ride installation. I doubt there was a significant drop in overall ride ticket sales. Only an enthusiast would come to the park and buy only a specified number of tickets just to ride the coasters. Most patrons are going to buy a round numbers of tickets that packaged at the most attractive price for their family. Any lost tickets sales from enthusiasts will be made up in the off season or next season when those enthusiasts show up.
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^Agreed. I doubt that the delays involved with Undertow would really affect their attendance much. Many people make a point of visiting the Boardwalk during summer as a family tradition; lack of a spinning mouse wouldn't stop them from visiting.
I rode Undertow for the first time today (never thought I'd write that sentence this year!). The reviews are spot on, it's a great addition to the Boardwalk's lineup. While it's nothing mind-blowing, it's a perfect family coaster, with plenty of unexpected moments for the thrill-seekers.
We got there about an hour after all the rides opened, but Undertow hadn't opened yet. I asked the ride operator when it might open, and he said about a half-hour. Unfortunately, this half-hour turned into two hours, and I was starting to lose hope that it would open.
Later, after purchasing tickets ($6 ... a little steep), I got in line. The queue is unfinished at the moment, with temporary ropes.
I was a little surprised about how small the car is, for a second I thought my legs weren't going to fit. Also, kudos to the Boardwalk for not having seatbelts. The dispatches were lightning fast.
The ride itself is a little tame in some parts. My favorite moments were the first drop (lots of speed) and the 80-degree banked turn (I ended up facing straight down, had a nice little moment of hangtime). I was taken off guard when the car started spinning, it gave me a nice disorienting effect. The ride is extremely smooth, which is a huge contrast compared to the pain riders suffered in this location for the past 20 years (Hurricane).
When I got off, the ride broke down. Made it just in time! I hope the Boardwalk is able to fix whatever glitches this ride may have. If it can't run for more than 10 minutes without breaking down, it doesn't bode well for its reliability in the future. However, from what I heard on Saturday, Undertow was running smoothly throughout the day.
Like I said before, Undertow is a great addition to the Boardwalk, and is light years better than Hurricane. I hope that it runs throughout the limited operation schedule to give mechanics time to work out the kinks before next summer.
14 months after it was first announced, I'm finally ready to ride Undertow. But why are all the ride operators standing around?
This doesn't look too good.
This ride operator had to keep telling people that it was going to open "within a half-hour." A half-hour turned into two hours.
The only signage for Undertow. I imagine it will get something better next year.
A while later, the lift hill starts up.
Getting close to opening. This guy was pumping up the crowd.
Time to ride!
Going up. Probably the fastest lift hill I've been on.
Going down! This girl that sat next to me was terrified.
Heading into the 80-degree banked turn backwards.
In the brake run. Undertow is a winner!
Bonus shot! Giant Dipper looks fantastic with its new paint job.
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