Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Boardwalk

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Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Postby robbalvey » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:01 pm

Theme Park Review was invited out to the opening of Daytona Beach Boardwalk's new Sand Blaster roller coaster! This was a special event as the Florida Governor, Rick Scott, was also going to be there to cut the ribbon. We hung out with our friends from Orlando Attractions Magazine and had a fun day at this little park in Daytona, and with the new roller coaster, Boardwalk Amusements hopes to bring some new tourism into the area in future seasons.

To give you a little bit of history on the ride, it's had many different homes and many might remember it as the "Zyklon" from Del Grossos Amusement Park in Tipton, PA. Most recently, it was in Delaware at Blue Diamond Park and now it's found a home right on the water in Daytona Beach!

Here's some photos & video from our visit...
(Additional photos & video by Jack Crouse, Banks Lee, and Matt Roseboom)
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Hooray! We've made it to Daytona Beach! No NASCAR for us today... just a roller coaster!
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We made it to the Boardwalk. This place seems to be known as the "Daytona Boadwalk", "Boardwalk Amusements", and "Joyland" and I think asking for either of those will get yo here!
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Oh, no! The park is closed...
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Thankfully we have our pass to let us in the private event!
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Anyone like a slice of cake?
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File this under "Clever catering use for a roller coaster vehicle!" =)
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Yep. Florida Governor Rick Scott was there to open the ride!
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Here comes the Governor shaking hands and saying hello to members of the media and people from the Daytona community.
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FL Governor Rick Scott introduces ride op Cody "Daytona Boardwalk has created jobs, memories, & tourism in Florida."
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"1... 2... 3... SAND BLASTER IS OPEN!"
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The park did a really nice job refurbishing this ride.
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Banks Lee and Robb Alvey about to take their first ride!
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Those dudes need a little push out of the station! =)
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What goes up...
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Here's a shot for the lift hill enthusiasts...
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The view from the top of the coaster is BEAUTIFUL!
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And here we go down the first drop!
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OMG!!! YES!!! It does THIS to you!!!!
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Those of you who might remember the Zyklon from Del Grossos would know that this is one of the very few (perhaps even the only) model of this kind that runs THREE cars, so the backseat offers some really good airtime on the first drop!
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Here's a look at the ride. Basic figure 8 style layout, but FUN!
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And FUN is what it's all about!
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With this photo... Banks wins the internet! =)
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A look at the ride from the back seat!
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The ride was originally built to be portable, but we hope it stays in Daytona for many years to come!
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You can see the coaster from a good couple of miles approaching Daytona Beach!
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The ride crew having a great time! (We see you Jack & Matt!)
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And did we mention the view?
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Sand Blaster gets thumbs up from us! Come out to Daytona, hang out on the beach, and check out the rides!
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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby sspaz1000 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:12 pm

Great report. Looks like another reason to get to Florida :)
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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby cfc » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:28 pm

I've always kind of liked these ol' Zyklons--glad this one has a new home.
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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby Thri!!er » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:39 pm

Thanks for the efforts, Robb - I like the trains, they have really charm... =)

Thanks once again, for video and photos!

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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby firewalk13 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:52 pm

Nice report Robb! Looks like a good ride, backseat airtime, ocean views, mmm... I'm happy to see this coaster having a bright new future.
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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby DenDen » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:56 pm

Another credit in Florida, YAY!

Gov. Scott sure does make things "special". If you live in Florida, you know... LMAO! :lmao:
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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby Swimace » Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:38 pm

Thanks for the update Robb! I was hoping to go get my credit sometime in the next couple weeks. I didn't realize that it was literally right next to the beach. Very nice!


The tie-ins with Attractions Magazine though... Ehhh???...

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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby robbalvey » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:02 pm

Swimace wrote:The tie-ins with Attractions Magazine though... Ehhh???...

Yeah, they are friends of ours.

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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby Jew » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:17 pm

Hooray for more credits! Always good to see smaller parks expanding.
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Re: Trip Report - Sand Blaster Opening - Daytona Beach Board

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:21 pm

I guess I've not noticed it before with these types of coasters (portable and non-) but I really like the light standards at the top curve of each side of Sand Blaster. Very cool design.
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