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Boardwalk Unveils New Main Entrance

$14 Million Amusement Park Improvement Project Wraps Up

SANTA CRUZ, CA (May 24, 2017) – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is adding the final touches to its new Main Entrance this week, just in time for the start of the amusement park’s 110th summer season. The Boardwalk will unveil the new Main Entrance along with a new and improved Fright Walk attraction and expanded Laser Maze this Memorial Day Weekend. Two new rides will open after Memorial Day - Shockwave in early June followed by Typhoon in July.

One of the largest construction projects in Boardwalk history, the $14M Main Entrance improvement project broke ground last September.  “After more than a decade of planning and nine months of construction during the wettest winter in California history, we’re very excited to wrap up the project and welcome our guests to see the results,” said Boardwalk president Karl Rice. “Local contractor Slatter Construction should be very proud of all their hard work on this historic project.”

Located just inside the Main Entrance, the new Fright Walk will open this weekend in its new “under the Boardwalk” location. A striking pair of sea-serpent gargoyles,  created by Daniels Wood Land, guard the entrance to the spooky walk-through attraction. Square footage and fright factor have both increased from the previous version of Fright Walk.  Located near Fright Walk and also open this weekend, The Vault Laser Maze will accommodate more thrill seekers than before, cutting the wait time for the popular attraction. 

The Boardwalk’s two new rides, Shockwave and Typhoon, will both open after Memorial Day. The bright orange Shockwave, highly visible on an upper deck adjacent to the Main Entrance, offers an exciting first impression. The ride is expected to open in early June, pending final inspections by state agencies.

When the new Typhoon ride arrives at the Boardwalk in June, it will occupy a very prominent position in the center of the newly-created Main Entrance Plaza. The new thrill ride should be turning guests upside-down in time for July 4th weekend.
Cruzin’ Crêpes, a new food concession, and the Boardwalk’s new Birthday Party Room are both slated to open in June. 

A number of local contractors including Slatter Construction, William S. Bagnall Architects,  and Nielsen Studios worked on the Boardwalk’s Main Entrance project. Roto, an Ohio design firm specializing in plans for some of the world’s largest theme parks, worked with Boardwalk staff to design the project.  Daniels Wood Land, Inc., a family-owned design and theming company based in Paso Robles, CA worked on exterior design and theming for games and attractions inside the Main Entrance. The firm was featured on the Animal Planet TV show Redwood Kings, showcasing their fantastic creations.

Boardwalk rides, games and attractions are all open daily beginning May 26. Eddie Money kicks of Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concerts on June 16.  On June 21 the Boardwalk will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Lost Boys during Free Movies on the Beach.

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