Revised September 6, 2013
The new and improved 80 acre park opened as Hoppyland on May 26, 1951 and included picnic grounds, baseball diamonds, horseshoe pitching lanes, and a lake for swimming and boating in addition to nearly twenty thrill rides. There was a special kiddie land area featuring a miniature merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, sleigh ride, airplane, pony cart and auto rides. Velare's Double Ferris Wheel, previously on the Ocean Park Pier, was added to the adult lineup.
Hoppalong Cassidy made frequent appearances at the park and always encouraged the children to drink their milk, eat their vegetables, mind their manners and obey their parents, all part of the "Hoppy code of conduct."
Hoppyland devoted a large share of space to live pony rides. Thirty horses and ponies were available on three tracks. There was a ring for small children that was controlled by sweeps, a track where bigger kids could ride free running mounts, and a quarter mile pony cart ride around the park's goat mountain. The park, unfortunately, wasn't very popular since it competed with the nearby Ocean Pak Pier, and only lasted until 1954. Years later Lake Los Angeles and the Hoppyland amusement park property became part of the Marina del Rey, largest private boat harbor in the world when it opened in the early 1960s.
LIST OF RIDES (compiled from tickets & advertisements
The following photos are from a 10 minute movie on opening day called Ho[[y at Hoppyland Movie. Numerous movie stars and their families attended the event.
Hoppyland - Train & Little Dipper coaster.
Hoppyland - Tarin & Little Dipper coaster.
Hoppyland - Hoppy & several movie star's children.
Hoppy and David Ladd (his father Alan Ladd was on a movie set and didn't attend).
Hoppy with Dennis O'Keffe and his son.
Hoppyland - Hoppy and Susan Hayward and her family.
Hoppyland - Pony Rides
Hoppyland - Kiddie Ride
Hoppyland - Hoppy with movie star's kids.
The following photos were submitted by Nick Williams
PARK LAYOUT MAP
It would be great if someone who visited Hoppland as a child or teen could draw the park's layout.
Below is an 1952 aerial of the park's grounds that can be purchased from the company. The orginial would be much clearer..
The roller coaster is beneath the black H(istoric) and the buildings beneath the white .com. The lake is on the upper right.
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