Over three years ago, there was a big change to happen to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. That change came in the form of an all new ride known as the Haunted Castle. Haunted Castle is a dark ride that takes riders through an old castle that's supposedly haunted. The current ride is an all new reimagining of the ride before which seemed like any other scary dark ride around. The only thing to set the ride apart is the setting of an old castle. The rider would go through different areas that have random characters popping out at different times. Sometimes the characters were in an appropriate setting like a giant spider popping out to scare you in the middle of a spider web. But, for the most part, the rider is left to wonder why these scenes even existed. Plus everything was tacky and old. The only part making everything worth the trip through the castle is the climax where a devil sends you through a revolving tunnel where you meet up with a bear/wolf character.
When the time came to do change up the ride, everything was changed for the good. The first thing they did was take everything apart and dug into the foundation to make the ride longer and put more inside. Another change is the ride vehicle that before could only seat two, and now can seat up to five people, two in the front, and three in the back. This makes the ride queue go much faster meaning more people can ride per hour. The most interesting feature of the ride vehicle is the ability to rotate guests around to focus on different scenes. This rotation is especially cool as you are turned completely backwards to face the car behind you as you descend into the depths of the castle's dungeon.
As you are gong down, phantoms are seen flying overhead to come after you. The vehicle then turns to see changing portraits and the king who wishes you all the worst as you go through his castle. The rider then goes through different rooms where the characters from the previous ride appear in more appropriate scenes. But a twist comes as you are sent to the fireplace where you miraculously escape "outside" the castle, and into a swamp. Here, you are taken through different moments of swamp monsters, graves, and statues that blow air right to your face. The climax, before you leave, involves a guillotine claiming another victim. Will it be you? Come and find out!