Following the celebration of its 97th anniversary on July 4, Belmont Park has been making updates throughout to ensure it is in the best condition ever when it comes time to celebrate its centenary. In the past year, Belmont Park has added murals by local artists throughout the park, increased its safety measures, improved rides, added new rides and most recently opened a new escape room.
“Belmont Park has had an incredible life these past 97 years,” said Steve Thomas, general manager at Belmont Park. “As we prepare for 100 years of Belmont Park, I want to make sure we’re in the best shape we’ve ever been in and that means new rides, better safety, new games, more fun and so much more.”
Belmont Park recently added two new rides at the park: Dip ‘N Dive and Wave Jumper. Now open, the Dip ‘N Dive is a submarine voyage featuring a full-size mural backdrop of an underwater scene. It consists of a replica mini-submarine attached to two large mechanical arms that rotate the ride clockwise and counter clockwise through the air, lifting riders to a maximum height of 20 feet at a speed of 10 RPM. The Wave Jumper, also now open, features boats that race up, down and all around on an imaginary trip through the ocean. Fun for all passengers, Wave Jumper allows riders to explore the ocean waves as the boat “jumps” up and down in a circular motion just as one would on an open sea exploration. With speeds just reaching six RPM, this ride is perfect for smaller travellers.
For the first time since opening Escapology in 2016, Belmont Park has released a new Escapology room, Mansion Murder. With a 9 out of 10 difficulty rating, the new room takes place in the Scottish Highlands on New Years Eve in 1999. Gamers play the role of Robert Montgomerie who is attending a family gathering, hosted by Grandfather, Hugh Montgomerie. As the guests raise a toast, a scream fills the air and Grandpa is found dead in the library – and it looks like murder. Locked in a room, Robert realises that he is the direct heir to the Kildermorie Estate and the Montgomerie family fortune – he’s being framed. Players have 60 minutes to prove Robert’s innocence and escape the room. Looking ahead, Belmont Park plans to build an additional building with new escape rooms in 2023.
Over the past year, Belmont Park has prioritised park safety. Security and patrol cars in all surrounding parking lots including Mission Bay have been increased, the park has replaced all parking lot lights from 20,000 lumens to 30,000, added camera systems (130 cameras) throughout Belmont Park, added 24/7 security onsite including two on staff EMTs and created a partnership with San Diego Police to create a substation based out of Belmont Park including more police presence daily.