Haunted Castle

Haunted Castle

Haunted Castle
2009
2009
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  • Facility size: 10,118 sq. ft., 940 sq. m.
  • Scenes: 11
  • Animated Characters: 40
*All Sally dark rides are flexible in size and configuration

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As Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk officially opened the new $9 million Haunted Castle on June 4, 2010, over forty frightful animatronic critters and characters (human and non-human) from Sally Corporation, and a variety of scary special  effects, sprang to other-worldly life, eliciting screams and giggles from visitors.

Culminating over four years of planning and building, the new Haunted Castle erected on the site of the old Haunted Castle—which started out as the home  of Dante’s Inferno in 1931, utilizes nearly 10,000 square feet of space beneath the Boardwalk for the ride.In an unusual twist, the new ride loads and unloads at the Boardwalk level, descending to enter and ascending to exit the spooky attraction. 

At the start of the ride, the old-fashioned hearse-style ride vehicles (from I. E. Park) travel backwards down a spiral ramp haunted by floating ghosts. Passing through the entrance hall, where the ghostly (projected) king extends a royal welcome, visitors travel through various areas of the castle…dungeons, the kitchen, a wine cellar, and the dining room before, surprisingly, passing through a fireplace into a swamp and over a bridge, then finding themselves in an eerie graveyard before  braving rabid dogs in the royal kennels and barely escaping a falling guillotine as they exit the castle.

The aim was to create a family ride that was spooky and a little scary, yet fun.  There are some good scares, but no blood and some really funny scenes.Old and new came together seamlessly to create a winning attraction for Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk visitors: the ride consistently runs at capacity, according to  Boardwalk management, and guest reviews are extremely positive.

*R & R Creative Amusement Designs. Inc., in concert with Boardwalk technical and facilities staff, was responsible for the overall concept and design.

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With live fire, cannon blasts, holograms, explosions and surprises waiting around every corner, riders will truly feel as though danger is imminent and the peril is real as they battle to save the city from complete havoc.With live fire, cannon blasts, holograms, explosions and surprises waiting around every corner, riders will truly feel as though danger is imminent and the peril is real as they battle to save the city from complete havoc.

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With live fire, cannon blasts, holograms, explosions and surprises waiting around every corner, riders will truly feel as though danger is imminent and the peril is real as they battle to save the city from complete havoc.With live fire, cannon blasts, holograms, explosions and surprises waiting around every corner, riders will truly feel as though danger is imminent and the peril is real as they battle to save the city from complete havoc.

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With live fire, cannon blasts, holograms, explosions and surprises waiting around every corner, riders will truly feel as though danger is imminent and the peril is real as they battle to save the city from complete havoc.