This might make you smile. Belmont Park in Mission Beach, San Diego, has been taking stuffed animals on a ride on its roller coaster called The Giant Dipper.
The coaster has not seen human passengers since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and park officials say the maintenance crew got tired of running the coaster without passengers. So last week they decided to load the 95-year-old ride up with stuffed animals used in carnival games.
“We have to keep the coaster running on a daily basis, so why not have a little fun with it,” Steve Thomas, the park’s general manager, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “People are loving it. We’ve seen tons of videos and pictures that people have been posting online.”
Thomas says some of the animals might remain as social distancing buffers once the park is able to re-open.