Giant Dipper Roller Coaster

Giant Dipper Roller Coaster

Giant Dipper Roller Coaster
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A vintage roller coaster with more than 2,600 feet of track and 13 hills.
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Jeff L
Moreno Valley, CA110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Giant Dipper - 70 yo couple here. We rode the Giant dipper 20 years ago when we were 50, and 40 years ago when we were 30. It was exciting then, and exciting now.... But a word of caution: I left the coaster barely able to stand up from a back/spine that was put out of place, and my wife complained of a broken rib. This is a "wild ride".

For the young folks: This is a classic Roller Coaster!
For the old folks: I will watch from the side lines from this day on.

Just like its companion in Santa Cruz, These roller-coaster amusement rides are incredible.

A true classic.

Jeff L.
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Written December 25, 2022
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Saskheat
Saskatoon, Canada1,615 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Belmont Park, home to the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster is a step back to yester year of Beach front attractions. Its located at historic Mission Beach. It is the oldest wooden roller coaster on the west coast. Its not massive, its not particularly scary or high for that matter, but hey it’s a wooden roller coaster and its worth doing if you’re a coaster Junkie.

We got a tip from a local at Trader Mort’s Liquor in Point Loma (only Tiki in Town ) that every Tues in Aug, ride tickets are half price, which makes The Big Dipper coaster $3 to ride…just my cup of tea. If you’re a more serious ride fan they had unlimited ride wristbands for something like $30, cheaper on line I hear. There are other more kiddie rides and the regular carnival spinney type ones that didn’t interest me. There’s lazer tag and climbing walls that have an additional charge.

We spent some time in the arcade and I really liked the load the card type of access rather than shovelling quarters into a machine. The games didn’t really cost too much so we got some value here.

Theres a dole frozen pineapple ice cream stand like the one in Disneyland. We love the stuff so even at $4 it was a treat.

The park is located at Mission Beach which is a destination of its own. Big beautiful beach, wide, nice sand and a perfect place to spend the day right to a spectacular sunset. There is some free parking at Belmont park, but by mid morning its pretty much not existent. Parking opens up later in the day as people leave the beach. This place is only about a 7 minute drive from the popular Hotel Circle area for tourists. Its also pretty much right across the bay from Sea World. Theres also plenty of places to eat (mostly fast food) and buy souvenirs in the area.

Belmont park is a place that’s good for a few hours but I wouldn’t make it my whole day. It’s a nice accoutrement to a day at Mission beach and it wont break the budget. I found it clean, safe and charming in its own way.

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Written September 9, 2015
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ak32
Phoenix, AZ25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a pretty weak rollercoaster, as far as rollercoasters go. And, wayyyy overpriced. The benefit was, since we went during the offseason, we didn't have to wait in line. If you like rollercoasters, and thrill rides, skip this park. There's only a couple rides and the tickets you need to ride the rides are $1 a piece. But, each ride requires up to 6 tickets...making a minute or so rollercoaster ride for two people cost $12. That $12 could be better spent at the Maritime Museum, where you spend HOURS walking around in ships and a Russian submarine.
Written October 21, 2007
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Andy x
Pasadena,Ca44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
I came here many years ago to ride this thing, but it was not running, and kind of run down. Now, it has been restored and its beautiful! I might also add that it is now equipped with all of the modern safety devices. This is your old style coaster, built of wood, fast and rough! I have ridden a lot of roller coasters, but this one actually scared me a bit. After you get off, you can wander around and look at the rest of this old style amusement park. There are other rides, carnival games, and lots of junk food. Admission to the park is free, as is the limited parking. There is also street parking close by.
Written May 7, 2019
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TLC23
Saskatchewan, Canada89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
What a fun ride! Totally worth the money. It rattles along the track as you climb and drop. You get tossed around but good. You can feel the history in this ride. We love to ride with our kids. This wasn't as glamourous as other rollercoaster rides we've screamed on but this one had charm and history drawing us in. Adored the ride. LOVED the experience. ENJOY!!!
Written March 23, 2015
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Cathy G
Fishers, IN29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We took a family vaca to sunny SD and I was so excited to share my coaster experience with my teens. It was a lot of fun! Definitely something to check off your bucket list while in SD. The arcade area was a huge hit with our four teens as well.
Written July 24, 2017
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traveltoforeignlands
San Diego, CA583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014
If you go to Belmont Park on Mission Blvd., a ride on the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster is a must as it is one of the few remaining old-time wooden roller coasters in the Nation. Quite frankly, having gone on all types of roller coasters on both Coasts, I expected this particular roller coaster ride would be a dud. Au contraire! Wow! The steep banks and the sound of the wood underneath your car make this a TRULY MEMORABLE RIDE!
Written September 27, 2015
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Chris S
Leicestershire, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
Great fun riding an old wooden roller coaster with a sceptical teenage son. He thoroughly enjoyed the ride (which we did a number of times) and screamed / laughed all the way around.
Written April 2, 2015
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Sharron A
Lake Almanor Peninsula, CA106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
The lovely relic of dippers gone past made us squeal with glee as we held on for our lives. The soaring top of the coaster and hair raising dips and curves made us feel young again. Not crowed in November and the weather was exceptional.
Written December 7, 2014
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Diane B
Washington State40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
The kids loved this coaster. They would get off, run around the side and get back in line to ride again. The history of the coaster adds to the fun for the older crowd. Well maintained. $6 for a single ride, or get an all day wrist band that pays for itself after 4 rides.
Written February 16, 2014
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