Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Announces New Rides

With summertime just around the corner, two new rides have been installed at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, providing more options for the over two million visitors that experience the seaside amusement park each year. Happening concurrent to the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster’s 100th birthday on May 17, 2024, the Dream Wheel and Surge are ready to welcome riders. 

Dream Wheel, a 65-foot modern take on a classic Ferris wheel features 15 colorful gondolas which seat four adults or six children. This mellow, family-friendly ride provides stunning views of the Monterey Bay, Downtown Santa Cruz, and the boardwalk itself.   

Surge is a classic thrill ride with a unique spin:  seating up to 24 riders, this new attraction employs over-the-shoulder restraints to lock riders in as they are spun swiftly in a circle and tilted while being raised off the ground, providing 360 degrees of excitement. 

Both rides are scheduled to debut by Memorial Day Weekend.