Castle Park (amusement park)

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Castle Park
Location Riverside, California, United States
Coordinates 33°54′10″N 117°28′06″W / 33.90278°N 117.46833°W / 33.90278; -117.46833Coordinates: 33°54′10″N 117°28′06″W / 33.90278°N 117.46833°W / 33.90278; -117.46833
Owner Palace Entertainment
Opened 1976
Operating season Year Round
Area 25 acres (10 ha)
Rides
Total 27
Roller coasters 3
Website Castle Park

Castle Park, formerly Castle Amusement Park, is a 25-acre amusement park and family amusement center located in Riverside, California. The park utilizes a medieval "castle" theme and includes attractions such as a miniature golf course, arcade, and 27 amusement rides including three rollercoasters such as "Merlin's Revenge", a junior rollercoaster, "Screamin' Demon" a spinning wild mouse rollercoaster, and "Little Dipper", a children's rollercoaster. The main "castle" themed building, houses the arcade as well as its only dark ride; "Ghost Blasters", an interactive attraction, designed by Sally Corporation, which can also be found at other amusement parks throughout North America. The park was designed, built and operated by Bud Hurlbut, who designed several rides at Knott's Berry Farm.[1] Castle Park is currently owned and operated by Palace Entertainment.

History[edit]

The park opened in 1976[2] as a Family entertainment center, featuring a castle themed building housing a large two level video game arcade, and an outdoor miniature golf course. In 1985, the park expanded by adding an adjacent amusement ride area, featuring a collection of classic rides such as a Dentzel carousel built in 1905, a miniature railroad, and a log flume ride, thus becoming a legitimate amusement park.

In 1999, the park opened Ghost Blasters, an interactive dark ride designed by Sally Corporation. The ride feature's laser guns which riders use to shoot at targets to accumulate points. The attraction is the park's first and only dark ride, and occupies the entire second floor of the former arcade area inside the main castle building, reducing the arcade to only the first floor. Upon exiting, riders receive points based on their score which can be redeemed for prizes at the arcade prize counter.

In 2008, the park opened "Dragon Flyer", a spinning flat ride, and "Sceamin' Demon", a spinning wild mouse rollercoaster.

Today, new attractions are constantly being added to the park's collection of rides.

Attractions[edit]

Rides:

  • Dragon Flyer - A "flying" ride.
  • Screamin' Demon - A spinning Wild Mouse roller coaster.
  • Antique Acre Ride
  • Bumper Cars
  • Castle Park Railroad - A miniature railroad.
  • Crazy Plane - A rotating "bus" ride.
  • Dragons Tower - A vertical drop ride.
  • Falling Star - A rotating pendulum ride.
  • Fireball - A looping ride.
  • Flying Animals - A "Dumbo" style flat ride.
  • Flying Saucer - A spinning gravity ride.
  • Ghost Blasters - An interactive Dark ride located in the arcade.
  • Kings Crown - A swing ride.
  • Little Dipper - A children's rollercoaster.
  • Log Ride
  • Merlin's Revenge - A junior rollercoater.
  • Merry-Go-Round - A Dentzel Carousel built in 1905.
  • Motorcycles
  • Riverside Express - A scale model locomotive ride.
  • Samba - A children's helicopter ride.
  • Scrambler
  • Sea Dragon - A swinging ship.
  • Sea planes - A children's flat ride.
  • Spaceships - A children's flat ride.
  • Spider - A spinning twirling ride.
  • Tilt-a-Whirl
  • Whip - A centrifugal ride.

Other Attractions:

  • Buccaneer Cove - A water play area.
  • Arcade - A video game arcade also housing the "Ghost Blasters" attraction.
  • Miniature Golf - An 18 hole miniature golf course area.
  • Anthony The Magic - A magic show
  • The Big Top - A private parties facility.

Former Attractions:

  • Go Karts - Was originally part of the "Big Top" area. Its former site is now occupied by "Screamin' Demon".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Merritt, Christopher, and Lynxwiler, J. Eric. Knott's Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, the History of Knott's Berry Farm, pp. 92-120, 127, 139, 146-7, Angel City Press, Santa Monica, CA, 2010. ISBN 978-1-883318-97-0.
  2. ^ http://www.castlepark.us/

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