Anyone in LA remember POP - Pacific Ocean Park, in Santa Monica ?
It was kind of our Coney Island - but super cool, looking back on it now. The entrance looked a bit like a smaller LAX/ Theme bldg., had that bubble skyway, that took you out, over the water, the 'diving bell', etc. Share your memories.
I remember it! When I was little, we used to go there all the time. Loved POP!
If you click on the links in this map, it has pictures of it.
Remember it fondly. Grew up in the midwest and my family went to visit family in LA.
My father was assigned the task of taking 9 kids to POP for the day. A veteran of Iwo Jima in WWII, I never saw my poor father so weary and dejected after spending the day with a bunch of bratty kids.
I remember it also although not as clearly as Disneyland. POP was easily accessible...Disneyland took forever to get to in the car (for a kid). The POP roller coaster was big and wooden and scary as I recall.
There was always a rumor, about POP , that one of those bubble/skyway cars fell into the ocean, killing a family. Turns out it was all urban legend. The real story is a worker's uniform caught on a bubble car door handle, and carried him out, over the water, till he couldn't hold on any longer. He dropped 80 feet, into the sea - but lived, and swam to shore.
Besides the famous last episode of "The Fugitive", several other movies / TV shows were shot there. One of my favorites is "The Chapman Report". In the scene, the ultra hunky Ty Harden (who appears later in the movie, posing in tiny green trunks, with a huge bulge) works loading people into the bubble cars Skyway, when Glynis Johns shows up to ask him to pose for her . The 2 get in a bubble, as it floats out over the ocean. It all looked very cool.
Loved it, however the diving bell plunger got stuck half way out of the water requiring the roof hatch, instead of actual door, to be used as an exit.
I clearly remember being hoisted up & out of the hatch & laughing the entire time, while my mom watched in terror and cried .
I remember the Diving Bell - so silly, looking back now. You'd have to wait in line, get in it, it would go , like 10 feet down slowly, and then pop up - all that for that 5 second rush, of shooting out of the water .
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is still there, and doing just fine. Are there any other seaside amusement parks left on the west coast?
There are smaller ones like the ones on Santa Monica Pier and in San Diego.
Yes - Santa Monica Pier has a roller coaster, and other rides - it was reworked in the 80's , and is not a great amusement area, but OK. I'm amazed to realize that POP lasted less than 10 years. I remember it as a kid.
It's fucked that they got rid of it. It was awesome. It had BANDS, cool ones!
Any other LA denizens here remember how POP went into legendary status when you were growing up?
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