Pacific Ocean Park
was a twenty-eight acre (110,000 m²), nautical-themed amusement park built on a pier at Pier Avenue in the Ocean Park
section of Santa Monica, California
, which was intended to compete with Disneyland
. "And Disneyland and POP is worth a trip to L.A." is a line from the Beach Boys
' song "Amusement Parks U.S.A." from their 1965 album Summer Days
. After it closed and fell into disrepair, the park and pier anchored the Dogtown area of Santa Monica.
"POP," as it was soon nicknamed and pronounced, "pee-oh-pee" was a joint venture between CBS
and Santa Anita Park
. It opened on Saturday, July 28, 1958 with an attendance figure of 20,000. The next day, the park drew 37,262 which handily outperformed Disneyland's attendance figure that same day. Admission was ninety cents for adults which included access to the park and certain exhibits. The term "POP" was also used as a clever acronym for "Pay One Price", though other rides and attractions were on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Like Disneyland, Pacific Ocean Park found corporate sponsors to share the expenses of some of the exhibits. Six of the pier's original attractions were incorporated into the new park: The Sea Serpent roller coaster
, the antique Looff carousel
, the Toonerville Fun House
, the Glass House, twin diving bells
and much more.
Among a standard complement of carnival-style attractions and rides were the... Read More