The only West Coast, oceanfront, steel roller coaster located on the Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park. It may not be the fastest coaster but the incredible view of the Pacific Ocean makes it a great ride and an added bonus is they usually let you ride twice.
The West Coaster manufactured by D. H. Morgan, first debuted when Pacific Park opened in 1996. The coaster’s double-helix track has become an iconic profile for the Pier and is often featured in films, TV shows, and advertisements as a quintessential “amusement park” shape. We included video of the GTA V game modeled after the pier/coaster. Pretty cool! (Thank you to gamelivegaming for the GTA footage, please check out their channel)
The ride begins with a 50ft climb to the top of the Park where riders can take in the sweeping views of the Los Angeles Bay before plummeting around the first helix. From the rotational trajectory of the helix, the coaster rides over two stomach-lifting hills (be sure to smile big for the camera here!) before careening into the second helix that completely surrounds the Scrambler next to the towering Pacific Wheel. The train dips down to the Pier deck right before returning to the station. -Pacific Park
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