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Big Dipper

Pleasure Beach Blackpool

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Located in the Star Beach Adventures section of Pleasure Beach Blackpool, the Big Dipper is a classic "out and back" wooden coaster designed by John A. Miller. Big Dipper made its debut on May 5, 1923, but was modified in 1936, when Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton extended the layout, adding two additional drops and an arch over the park's south entrance. Big Dipper is the oldest operating roller coaster at Pleasure Beach Blackpool and 9th oldest in the world.

Editor's note: Big Dipper is closed at this time due to an unfortunate accident in August 2009. The future of this historic roller coaster is unknown.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1923 Wood Out and Back John A. Miller

Roller Coaster Stats

Angle Of Descent: 46 degrees Drop: 50 feet
G-force: 3.7 G's Height: 60 feet
Length: 3,300 feet Trains: 3 - 24 passengers
Ride Time: 2 minutes, 28 seconds Top Speed: 40 mph
Train Mfg: Philadelphia Toboggan Company

Big Dipper Facts

1936 - Charles Paige extended the layout with two additional drops and the arch over the park's south entrance.

August 11, 2009 - Big Dipper is SBNO after a collision between two trains injured 32 passengers.

Estimated cost: 25,000

Train has three cars with four rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 46 inches tall

Where to Coast

Visit Pleasure Beach Blackpool to ride this attraction.

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