Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:28 pm

Flagg O'Dim wrote: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.
I drove down to get my first rides on it today too, and you're right on. It's not a mind blowing thrill, but it's fun, it's very comfortable & smooth, and you get a different ride almost every time. I rode three times today and all three rides were different. In one ride my car spun just at the right time to make it seem like my face was going to smash into the bottom of the lift hill before the car went back the other direction. Kinda like a head chopper, cool effect.

I had some insanely good timing today which is unusual for me..When I pulled up today I noticed it wasn't cycling and thought "Oh no, this doesn't look good" but after walking in and straight up the ramp I saw them start cycling and they were at that point saying 10 minutes. I walked down and got a wristband and back up and about 5 minutes later they opened the ride. After my first ride I got in line to ride again but it broke down before I got on. I decided this would be a good time to get a couple rides on 'Dipper (which is looking fantastic with it's new paint job). After taking 2 spins on the classic I headed back down to the other side of the boardwalk to find they had just reopened Undertow and I walked right on to get ride #2. Again I got right back in line but once again it broke down before I could get back on. No worries, did some shopping at O'Neill and took a walk through the arcade and when I came back the ride was up again so I got ride #3...this time it seemed to be more stable and was running still when I left the park at about 5:45.

I got the impression from the managers hanging around the ride and the conversations they were having with the ride ops that they will probably keep it running as much as possible, to at least get all the employees comfortable with operating it. You're also right about the restraints..the single lap bar is very fast and more than sufficient. Safe and comfortable, A+ on the trains. Absolutely beautiful weather today too, great day to be at the beach.

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Postby sfmman2000 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:01 pm

I, also, was surprised with how small the cars are, and how little leg room there is. I noticed that every block brake was being used when I rode yesterday. Maybe if they open the brakes, the ride would feel less tame.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby Mrlittle » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:58 am

I haven't really been keeping up with this ride. I just know it was delayed for whatever reason. Good to hear its open. I need to get to SCBB one of these days.
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Postby boweryboy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:17 am

I was there over the summer hoping it would be open. But no, it sat there not operating teasing me everytime I glanced at it.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby Flagg O'Dim » Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:24 pm

Undertow will stay open throughout the limited operation schedule, and a grand opening event is scheduled for spring:

SANTA CRUZ, CA (October 21, 2013) – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announced that Undertow, its new spinning roller coaster, has passed inspections and will be running weekends on a limited schedule for the remainder of the year. An official opening will be scheduled for Spring 2014.

“We surprised our guests with a sneak preview this past weekend and the response was fantastic, ” said Boardwalk spokesman Kris Reyes. “People are very excited to discover that every ride on Undertow is different. We think this is a great new ride for our park.”

Unlike most roller coasters, which carry an entire trainload of riders, Undertow uses individual cars each holding 4 riders, with each pair of riders facing opposite directions. The ride experience changes every time, depending on the weight and position of riders in the car.

Manufactured by German coaster specialist Maurer Sohne, Undertow is the only spinning coaster in Northern California. Undertow took over the location previously occupied by the Hurricane roller coaster.

“As is the case with most new amusement park rides, there may be some unexpected ride delays during operating hours for the first few weekends,” added Reyes.

For more information about Undertow, the Boardwalk’s new spinning roller coaster, visit http://www.beachboardwalk.com/undertow

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Postby _IntaMAN_ » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:24 pm

Awesome that Undertow is finally open. Will probably head there during Spring Break and get a few rides in. I remember when it was just testing in August when I last visited the park, good job on SCBB's part for at least opening, better late than never! :)

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:15 pm

Flagg O'Dim wrote:Undertow will stay open throughout the limited operation schedule, and a grand opening event is scheduled for spring:

SANTA CRUZ, CA (October 21, 2013) – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announced that Undertow, its new spinning roller coaster, has passed inspections and will be running weekends on a limited schedule for the remainder of the year. An official opening will be scheduled for Spring 2014.

“We surprised our guests with a sneak preview this past weekend and the response was fantastic, ” said Boardwalk spokesman Kris Reyes. “People are very excited to discover that every ride on Undertow is different. We think this is a great new ride for our park.”

Unlike most roller coasters, which carry an entire trainload of riders, Undertow uses individual cars each holding 4 riders, with each pair of riders facing opposite directions. The ride experience changes every time, depending on the weight and position of riders in the car.

Manufactured by German coaster specialist Maurer Sohne, Undertow is the only spinning coaster in Northern California. Undertow took over the location previously occupied by the Hurricane roller coaster.

“As is the case with most new amusement park rides, there may be some unexpected ride delays during operating hours for the first few weekends,” added Reyes.

For more information about Undertow, the Boardwalk’s new spinning roller coaster, visit http://www.beachboardwalk.com/undertow


This sounds like it could work out then if I decide to hit up the 'Walk in November, and hit it up again in February (like I did last year). I had a feeling that this would just be a soft opening being this late in the season and it would officially debut 2014...this is essentially a sampling for what we can now call a 2014 attraction.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby moviemansig » Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:29 pm

Here’s a trip report for 10/27. It was cool and overcast when my friend and I got there. Undertow wasn’t up-and-running, so we then went to the Giant Dipper. We noticed there were a lot of seagulls on the beach. Cyclone was quite the centrifugal experience, unlike any ride I’ve ever done before. It was very disorienting, but I was still glad I did it. I did terribly on Ghost Blasters (I think it was the first time I’ve done it), but much better the second time. Cave Train had a lot of cool images and I liked that it was a long ride; I think it may have also been the first time I’ve done this ride. When we first got there, we were told Undertow would open a bit later on, but eventually after repeated attempts asking for updates, the answer was it wouldn’t be opening at all that day. What a huge disappointment! The Snickers fudge I had from Marini's was really good, as was the Dole whip pineapple soft serve ice cream. This was the first time I’ve ever had that kind of fudge and that kind of ice cream. I did all of the rides that were open with the exception of the two bumper car attractions, which didn’t appeal to me. In addition to doing Ghost Blasters twice, we did the Giant Dipper twice, Double Shot twice, and WipeOut twice (second time the experience was better because it was in the dark). The weather while nice at times (with some sun) was never as good as I had hoped. I was also disappointed that Cliff Hanger was closed. Overall, the lines moved really smoothly and we had a fun time.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:30 pm

^ Sorry you weren't able to get on Undertow..it has been particularly touchy in it's first couple weeks even by new ride standards I think. When I was there opening weekend it had about 40 minutes of uptime in the first 8 hours the park was open. That's not for lack of effort on SCBB's part though, they had managers and maintenance techs camped out all day ready to respond at a moment's notice.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby megalyte » Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:52 pm

I went on Saturday 10/28 and Undertow was running with no major problems from about 1:00 to 3:00 when I was there. It was about a 45 minute wait (the employee standing at the entrance was spot on) and the line seemed to move relatively fast. As for the ride, it was extremely smooth and surprisingly felt faster than I thought it would be. It is really a great addition to the boardwalk and it will be better when all the kinks are worked out!
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