The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California’s oldest seaside amusement park, recently underwent a $14MM renovation process that blended old-time nostalgia with modern thrills to enhance their guest experience. As part of the renovation, Fright Walk – one of the park’s most popular attractions – had a major makeover and utilized Rosco CrystalGel in a wonderfully inventive manner.
In 2017 Fright Walk was completely rebuilt from the ground up using impressive animatronics and plenty of special effects. Looking to create an eerie atmosphere in the lobby, Mark Hersey, the park’s Entertainment Technology Manager and Fright Walk’s lead designer, wanted to hang a set of “living portraits” on the walls. The haunted paintings are actually video monitors displaying footage of serene portraits that transform into ghoulish poltergeists.
CrystalGel dries clear and adheres to almost any surface. After a series of testing, Mark and his team discovered that a light application yielded the best results, as it minimized the rainbow effect that thick and bumpy applications had produced.
If you’re looking for a new special effect for your Halloween decor, use Mark’s technique to create your own spooky portrait gallery. All you need is the proper video footage displayed on a monitor that’s been coated in CrystalGel to add the vintage look and feel of oil on canvas.
Visit the CrystalGel Product Page on our website to learn more about the properties of this versatile scenic product.
Fright Walk is a year-round attraction, so the next time you’re in Northern California, be sure visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and check out the Fright Walk in person!