San Diego, California
You're driving down the coast through parks and neighborhoods and
you come upon a vision...the Belmont Park Giant Dipper. One of the
few remaining seaside coasters. There are a few out east and there
are a few in California (Pacific Park and Santa Cruz) and they are wonderful!
There's just something about looking off to the side of a coaster and seeing
the ocean that's just perfect.
Belmont Park used to be a big seaside amusement area with multiple coasters
and other rides that spanned the beach in San Diego but by the late 1970's
it was pretty much dead. The park closed and the Giant Dipper sat
dormant until the early 1990's when a developer decided to put a mall on
the site. The great thing is that they wanted the coaster to stay
and they were going to add a few rides as well.
The Giant Dipper was restored and rebuilt and it's been thrilling people
ever since! It is a nice twisty double out and back coaster that was
built by the famous coaster designers Prior and Church back in the 1920's.
I have really developed an love for the few coasters left over from that
time. There's something about them that I can't describe that
sets them apart from the coasters of today. There's just something
magical about them.
I love the Giant Dipper's station. Everything on this coaster down
to the hardwood floors are immaculately taken care of. They really
take pride in their coaster and have fun with it! I wish I lived in
Southern California because it would have been super to take a date to Belmont
Park on a nice summer evening.