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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby sfmman2000 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:57 am

CoastersOnly wrote:Thanks so much for all that information! The parking stuff in particular is key as there's isn't really any other choices within eyesight of the boardwalk and the stuff I know of nearby is metered, so that will lead to some nice savings.

Sure, and feel free to ask any other Boardwalk/Santa Cruz questions.

singemfrc wrote:For the record the main parking lot across the street from the park on Beach is $12.

True, by theme park standards it's a low price. But for people (like me) who hate paying for parking and don't mind walking a little more, free parking is always nice to know about.

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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby 805Andrew » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:19 pm

I did a day trip to Santa Cruz with couple of my friends a couple of Fridays ago. We drove up from the San Luis Obispo area and it took us about 2.5 hours to get there. Here are some pictures I took from our day there.

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The view of the Boardwalk and the new Undertow from where we parked on the street.

I bought a unlimited rides plus wristband on my phone about 20 minutes before arriving there for $35 and change. The process was really easy and when I arrived to the will call window all I had to do was tell my name and show the card I paid with, no showing emails or print outs. It was $6 cheaper than at the gate, and there was no $8 service fee like another theme park website (*cough* six *cough* flags). The unlimited plus wristband also includes $3 in arcade play loaded on a card and two extra activities/games (I went with the Fright Walk and Mini Golf) and is only $2 more than the regular wristband. My friends Adam and Fina weren't sure about how many rides they were going to do so they did the 50 ticket bundle for $45. Fina's sister Anna drove down from Milpitas (Bay Area) and met us there.

The first ride I did was the carousel (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of it). Now I normally don't do carousels and have never done the Santa Cruz one before but it has a ring toss so I had to try it. For those not familiar with it there are little metal ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings that dispense out every time one ring is pulled out and you try to throw the ring into the clown's mouth almost immediately after you pull it out. Fina and I both got a ring in the clown's mouth on our first ride. What a way to make a carousel ride fun by turning it into a game!

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After the carousel we were getting warm so we walked down the Boardwalk to the Logger's Run. It was about 65F but it was sunny so it felt warmer. I didn't a sign or policy not allowing pictures on this ride so I took some pictures aboard.

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You get some great views of the south end of the Boardwalk, the beach, and the river on Logger's Run.
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I rode the front of the log and I got a lot wetter than on most other log flumes and even many rapids rides. Adam was willing to try the Hang Glider ride so we did that after Logger's Run (to help me dry off).
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby 805Andrew » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:03 pm

Some of pictures got mixed up in my first post (first pic got posted twice and the parking lot pic should have been first). When I tried to edit Tapatalk crashes, so I just going post pics with limited captions.
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Adam and I on the Sky Ride
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That's me!
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Who do I see?
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That's Anna and Fina, who decided to walk the length of the Sky Ride back.
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Undertow here we come!
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This is the building the carousel is housed in.
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby milst1 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:11 pm

Nice pics. We were there weekend before last and it was a pleasure. The park is in good shape.
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby 805Andrew » Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:46 pm

Okay, so all my pictures in my previous post are in backwards order. So I will load them on Tapatalk in backwards order.
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Ok, here the rest of my pictures from our day at Santa Cruz. After riding the Sky Ride I hit up Undertow, my newest coaster credit to date, putting at 77 I think. My friend Adam is kind of a thrill ride wimp and wouldn't go on certain rides. He was unsure about Undertow with the spinning so I rode it the first time (in a backwards facing seat at the start). It was fun with several spins but not nearly as many as a Crazy Mouse or the Sierra Sidewinder at Knott's. I told Adam that he would like it and it spins less than the Crazy Mouse (he's ridden it at the CA Mid State Fair). He agreed to go on (we got forward facing seats at the start) and enjoyed the ride. Undertow had the longest line at the Boardwalk (expected being the new hotness) being about a 20 minute wait both times. The general public seems to like it and it looks like a good addition for the Boardwalk.

After Undertow, we went on the bumper cars and someone in line had two extra unused wristband coupons they gave to Adam and Fina. Score! After they got wristbands they were willing to go on more rides. We headed down to the Giant Dipper which everyone rode. I still couldn't get Adam on Fireball or Double Shot - baby steps I guess.

After that we grabbed a bite to eat. I got deep fried artichoke hearts (grown in nearby Castroville) with a Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Giant DIPA (Double India Pale Ale). Score for a park that has local food and local beer. The 16 oz can of Giant DIPA (love that name) was strong and hoppy with 8.9% alcohol and was about $7 (same price as 24 oz can of Bud/Bud Light). Let's just say I didn't do as good on the carousel ring toss when we did it again after lunch.

We did some various other rides and re rode the Giant Dipper several times until the rides closed at 7PM. I did the Fright Walk which is like an automated version of a haunted maze at Fright Fest or Knott's Scary Farm (but not as good). We did the indoor mini golf after the rides which was open until 8:30. It was 18 holes and had 3 glow in the dark holes. It was a lot of fun. I highly recommend the Indoor Mini Golf at the Boardwalk if you've never done before. We did some arcade games afterward which were open until 9:30.

We wanted some dinner before heading home and looked up restaurants that were open on Yelp. I came upon Pono Hawaiian Grill in downtown SC which was really good and inexpensive. I ordered Poke which is like Hawaiian style sashimi with spices and a spicy sauce and a Loco Moco burrito which has grass fed ground beef, eggs, sweet onion and came with a spicy gravy for dipping (both are pictured). Fina ordered the Kailua Pork sliders which I didn't try but she raved about so that's worth trying. Pono Hawaiian Grill in Santa Cruz is worth checking when you want something besides burgers/fries/hot dogs after a day on the Boardwalk and it's kitchen is open until 11PM (at least when we went). It also has a separate full bar which is open later and music, outdoor patio, etc.

Okay, that's all I got for our day at Santa Cruz on May 30th 2014.
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby laqueefa » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:08 pm

Next time any of you TPR'ers are in the area and want some food, I recommend trying out 99 Bottles of Beer! Besides having a vast selection from beers from around the world, including a rotating menu of select master brews, they have amazing food. On my last visit I ordered and enjoyed the Salmon burger. It was melt in your mouth good! and my friend had the Ahi Tuna burger. The Tuna was THICK and had a perfect sear on it.
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:28 pm

The park today posted this fantastic 23 minute video that includes tons of interviews, features on the 'Dipper, and behind the scenes of making their commercials and booking of the bands. I love that for a 90 year old roller coaster they say the Giant Dipper only averages around 4 hours of down time per YEAR! Take that Six Flags!


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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby WayCool64 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:48 pm

I had recently visited the Boardwalk last week with a few friends. And I noticed that a lot of things have been changed around since my last visit (I last visited the place sometime around spring break last year). I may be a bit late on noticing them since I haven't followed this thread as much. One of the more notable changes was in the Haunted Castle. I've noticed a few new additions that make the ride seem to go more for the scare factor than just make it a creepy, yet family-friendly ride (which I'm not against even though most haunted houses/rides aren't my thing), some including new gags, darker lighting, and lots of loud noises. I also noticed that there were a few things that were a bit off in the Cave Train; most notably the spinning tunnel was removed and replaced with an empty room with what seemed to be blacklight colored cave paintings. One more change I found was that the Logger's Revenge sign now had a figure of a surfing beaver rather than a lumberjack (I wasn't able to take a picture of it unfortunately since we were caught up in all of the fun while at the park).

The rest of the visit went pretty well. Only few of the rides had pretty long lines. One of my friends and I got into an intense competition on Ghost Blasters (with me being victorious from a close tie). The Giant Dipper ran pretty fine (perhaps a bit smoother than I remember). Wipeout was closed which kinda sucked since we all wanted to ride it. And I got terribly soaked on Logger's Revenge.

I will definitely say that the highlight of my visit was Undertow. Not only was it a really great coaster (I'd even put it in my list of favorites), but it also partially helped one of my friends get over her small fear of roller coasters, which I must say was a great accomplishment. The coaster was so great, we were able to ride it twice on both sides.

All in all, I must say that my recent visit to the Boardwalk will in no doubt be a memorable one.
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby jray21 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:56 pm

I do like Santa Cruz a lot. It's got a lot of stuff to do, and some great food. The new ride is a nice addition, and fits well with the park.
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Re: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (SCBB) Discussion Thread

Postby singemfrc » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:04 am

jray21 wrote:I do like Santa Cruz a lot. It's got a lot of stuff to do, and some great food. The new ride is a nice addition, and fits well with the park.

I know, the Boardwalk is such a great place that the rides (other than the 'Dipper) really are just a bonus.

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