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Belmont Park, Mission Beach, San Diego, California

As I said earlier there were quite a few ups and downs for the Giant Dipper and the park.  The park was in danger when John Spreckels passed away a year after the park opened.  His family bequeathed the park to the City of San Diego for the enjoyment of the community. 

The Giant Dipper Rollercoaster at Belmont Park, Mission Beach, San Diego, California

It survived the great depression.  During the Second World War with San Diego being the home of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet Belmont Park was a popular rest & recreation site for Navy personnel on shore leave.

The Giant Dipper roller coaster at Belmont Park, Mission Beach, San Diego, California

In the 1950's the city leased Belmont Park to an operator named Jack Ray.  Mr. Ray began at Parc Belmont that was in Montreal, Quebec so he changed the name of the Mission Bay Recreational Area to Belmont Park.

The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster at Belmont Park, Mission Beach, San Diego, California

Leaving history behind for a few let's talk about the Giant Dipper.  After leaving the station riders find themselves in an wonderfully disorienting tunnel that winds through the Giant Dipper's structure to the base of a seventy-three foot tall lift hill.

The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster at Belmont Park, Mission Beach, San Diego, California

Speaking of the station, the Giant Dipper has an amazingly beautiful station.



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