Ninety-Five Years of Thrills

Giant Dipper opened July 4, 1925

It opened on Independence Day ninety-five years ago. The iconic Giant Dipper is one of only two wooden roller coasters on the West Coast of the United States.

The other Giant Dipper is located at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica featured a wooden roller coaster that was relocated from San Diego’s defunct Wonderland, but it was demolished in 1923.

It is a tradition to ride the Giant Dipper on Fourth of July, but the park was closed after having been reopened for only two weeks because it could not manage the large crowds in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

Watch our Belmont Park video.

Located on the Mission Beach Boardwalk
Registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1978
How many people rode this car?
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4 thoughts on “Ninety-Five Years of Thrills

    1. The original cost, in 1925, was $150,000. Thirty years ago, it was completely restored at a cost of $2 million. New track, new lumber, and 11,000 new bolts. In one of the photos, you can see a worker walking the track. He does that every morning so, yeah, it is definitely high maintenance.



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