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Belmont Park, Mission Beach, San Diego, California

When you are visiting SeaWorld in San Diego; which a lot of people are going to over the next few years with all the coasters that are being added there, you need to make sure to budget some time in your day to head a mile west to Mission Beach for true rarity and a classic coaster.

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

Situated on San Diego's Mission Beach; that is a narrow stretch of land between Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, is Belmont Park which is the home of one of the two remaining classic seaside coasters on the West Coast.

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

Belmont Park and the Giant Dipper have a history that is filled with more ups and downs than the Prior & Church designed coaster.

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

Opening on July 4th, 1925; the Mission Beach Amusement Center, was built to attract people to the beach, get people to ride the San Diego Electric Railway,  lure development and to help sell land that the park owner/sugar magnate John Speckles owned adjacent to the park.

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

With the parks first guest ninety-four years ago to today the Giant Dipper has always been the star of Belmont Park.



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