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Giant Dipper

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Located at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, one of only two seaside amusement parks left in the state of California, Giant Dipper is a classic wooden coaster that dates back to 1924. Designed by Frank Prior and Frederick Church and then built by Arthur Looff in just 47 days, this half-mile long roller coaster has a solid first drop, sweeping turns and a dark tunnel. Two trains navigate this half-mile, double out and back layout that begins with a memorable tunnel that plays tricks with your sense of direction. After climbing the seven story lift hill, Giant Dipper takes a 65-foot plunge into the first fan turn. From there the thrills continue as the layout includes more airtime producing drops and a couple more exciting turns before returning to the station. Since its debut in 1924, Giant Dipper has entertained more than 50 million riders and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1924 Wood Double Out and Back Arthur Looff, Prior & Church

Roller Coaster Stats

Angle Of Descent: 45 degrees Drop: 65 feet
Height: 70 feet Length: 2,640 feet
Trains: 2 - 24 passenger Ride Time: 1 minute, 50 seconds
Top Speed: 55 mph Train Mfg: Morgan Manufacturing

Giant Dipper Facts

February 27, 1987 – Received National Historic Landmark status.

Giant Dipper's original trains were replaced with the Morgan "California" style trains.

Estimated cost: $50,000

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

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 50 inches tall

Where to Coast

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