Pacific Park and the Santa Monica Pier remain fully accessible by foot, bicycle and car.
The theme of renewal is also marked with modern makeovers on a traditional ride and old-fashioned game!!!
A portion of the Santa Monica Pier may be under construction, but Pacific Park is in full operation during the yearlong “Pier Renewal Project” that began on April 25, 2013.
The “Pier Renewal Project” will upgrade a portion of the Pier stretching from the edge of the sand to approximately 365 feet westward over the Pacific Ocean, providing increased structural soundness and significantly extending the Pier’s service life. Built in the early 1900s, the original Pier structure has undergone several remodels over its 100-plus year life.
Pacific Park opened on the Santa Monica Pier in May 1996 becoming the first amusement park on the Pier since 1930.
“We embrace the historical significance of the Pier and look toward another 100 years of entertainment and relaxation that visitors currently enjoy,” says Jeff Klocke, Vice President of Marketing and Administration at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “Pacific Park is fully open and prepared to provide the best theme park and beach experience for all of the more than 6.5 million who visit the Pier annually.”
During the 12 month “Pier Renewal Project,” guests will have an open thoroughfare for walking, jogging and bicycling from the top of the Pier at Ocean Blvd., to the west end of the Pier boardwalk.
Keeping in theme with renewal, Pacific Park is also making modern moves in a major way this season with two refurbished attractions including the traditional Inkie’s Scrambler ride and old-fashioned Ring Toss midway game.
Pacific Park is introducing the refurbished Inkie’s Scrambler, the 12-car fast-paced swirling ride that takes guests on a series of roundabout moves and sidesplitting rotations of more than 11 revolutions per minute. The restored ride now sports a shiny new chrome finish, brightly colored period decals and detailed lighting.
First introduced in Atlanta in 1938, the Scrambler hit its stride in 1955 and became a popular amusement park ride alongside the Ferris wheel and carousel. Inkie’s Scrambler debuted at Pacific Park in 2004 as a family-fun ride for both parents and children that accommodates up to three riders per car. The height requirement to ride alone is 48 inches and to ride with a chaperone is 36 inches.
Pacific Park’s 12 amusement park rides also feature a roster of family-share rides that include Inkie’s Air Lift, SIG Alert EV, Sea Planes, Inkie’s Pirate Ship and Inkie’s Wave Jumper.
“Pacific Park is the destination for rides and games at the beach and we have two family favorites to share this season. I encourage everyone to visit the Park and ride Inkie’s Scrambler and play Ring Toss again for the first time,” adds Klocke.
Not as easy as it sounds, Ring Toss measures a player’s hand-eye coordination and dexterity when matched up to the 134 bottles symmetrically set on a 7-feet by 7-feet platform. The old-fashioned, clear glass, 64-ounce bottles fit a 1-3/4-inch plastic ring that provides a unique challenge to guests. The bottles are enhanced with energy-efficient LED up-lighting and feature LED strobe lighting that is programmed to periodically flash different colors onto the clear glass. Ring Toss also features bright new colors including Tropical Breeze, a very light blue, Peony, a hot pink or magenta, and Fresh Scent Green, and new Hi-Mac quartz countertops.
Ring Toss is one of the original Pacific Park games when the Park opened in May 1996. Players simply need to land one ring on a bottle top to win a jumbo plush prize. Pacific Park offers 17 midway games including Top Glow, Wac-A-Mole, Tub Toss, Coastline Cat Rack, Roller Derby, P.O.P. A Lot, Water Race, Beach Bash, Break A Plate, Fire Ball, Balloon Pop Race, Long Range Basketball, and attractions featuring Gyro Loop, Beach Bounce and the Pacific Peak Climbing Wall.
Prices for individual rides are $3.00 and $5.00 each. Pacific Park’s best value is the all-day wristband, providing unlimited use of rides, at $15.95 for guests 7 years and below and $22.95 for guests 8 years and older. The ever-popular Inkie’s Annual Pass, valid 365 days from date of purchase, is now available at a cost of $99 for all ages and features several exciting specials and discounts. Inkie’s Annual Pass can be purchased while supplies last at Pacific Park’s ticket booths or on Pacific Park’s website.
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 17 midway games and an oceanfront food plaza. In addition to the Pacific Wheel solar-powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of operation, call 310-260-8744, visit http://www.pacpark.com, follow on Twitter: @pacpark and Like at Facebook: facebook.com/pacificpark.