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.
|1923||Wood||Out and Back||John A. Miller|
|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|
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
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