The Daytona Beach Boardwalk, also known as the Daytona Beach Broadwalk, built in 1938, is a structure located on the beach in Daytona Beach, Florida at the east end of Main Street, east of Ocean Avenue.
The Daytona Beach Boardwalk opened in January 1938, and from 1939 on, there were rides overlooking the ocean. In 1989 an eminent domain action the city undertook to spur development of an oceanfront hotel wiped out the ride lot.
The rooftop slingshot and ski lift-like ride over the pier were the only surviving rides by 2006 . But in May 2010, two business partners, Ed Kennedy and Stan Manousos began adding rides including a Ferris wheel, Go-Karts, kiddie rides and even a roller coaster.
Over time it began to cost millions of dollars restoring and adding rides to the Boardwalk. The harsh salt sea air and the eventual wear and tear to the rides made profits small and repairs costly. In a 2015 he and Manousos took down the 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel and had it hauled off for repairs, and it never returned.
The Sandblaster roller coaster had a stop operation order impose in February 2017 by the Department of Agriculture inspector who found numerous problems with the ride.
Since 2017, Kennedy and Manousos idled all of their Boardwalk rides since insurance quotes were more than double what they had been paying resulting in the rides being taken down and/or scrapped.
Then Harlan Bast, owner of Hildebrand Rides strolled into town for a 3 day event on May 4th, 2017 and the rest is History. We now have a revitalized Boardwalk with over 15 new rides, concessions, and games. And the Sandblaster Roller coaster has been repaired, passed inspection, and is now operational as well.