I used to come here all the time when I was younger. Literally once a week (we had a season pass, lol). It’s definitely been a while…but I was shocked at how much the vibe of this place has changed! This place used to be packed! Not as bad as Disneyland, or anything, but there was always a pretty long line for the Giant Dipper, at least! This time, though, the boardwalk felt so ghostly. There was barely anyone there, and it didn’t help that most of the rides were closed. Maybe it was just an off day, but I was so sad! I had so many good childhood memories from here; sad to see it’s completely changed.
On the bright side, at least the weather was cooperating. We lucked out–it was like the only non-rainy day of the week. There’s been so much rain in California this year, and we definitely need it! But it was nice to finally see some sunshine 🙂
This is sort of random, but I just remembered this, haha. The Haunted Castle ride that you see in the second picture is a very..interesting ride. It reminds me a little bit of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, especially at the beginning, but after you go through the first few rooms, I felt like the props/scenery were starting to become totally random. It starts off with a ghost theme–creepy music, sudden movements here and there, but then all of a sudden you’re in a room filled with dinosaurs. Super confusing, but hey, at least the ride is relatively long. Oh, the other bright side about this visit–no lines for the rides (the few that were actually open…). And they still have Dippin’ Dots!!
Pricing for rides and stuff is pretty flexible here. You can either buy admission to each ride individually, or you could get an unlimited ride wristband. If you’re planning on going more than 5-6 rides, I recommend just buying the wristband. But make sure you check what rides are open first!