WEIRD AND WILD
Stuffed Animals Ride San Diego Roller Coaster DuringCOVID-19 Pandemic
A San Diego theme park that has to keep a roller coaster running every day despite the coronavirus lockdown is replacing passengers with stuffed animals.
Belmont Park in Mission Beach said The Giant Dipper roller coaster has been closed to visitors since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it stillhas to run every day to keep the machinery in good working order.
Park officials said the maintenance crew grew tired of running the coaster without passengers, so last week they decided to load the 95-year-old ride upwith stuffed animals.
The coaster is now running multiple times a day with its cars filled with stuffed animals that formerly served as prizes for the park's games.
Some of the stuffed animals might remain as social distancing buffers once the park reopens.
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