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The Giant Dipper rollercoaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

Diving out of the station into the darkness beneath the boardwalk the Giant Dipper leaves you completely disoriented as it twists around in the darkness for a while before heading up the lift into the blue California sky.

The Giant Dipper rollercoaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

Speaking of the California sky it was just perfect backdrop to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Giant Dipper when we visited.

The Giant Dipper rollercoaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

The Giant Dipper was designed by the legendary Prior & Church design team and built by the son of Charles Loof.

The Giant Dipper rollercoaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

After removing the L.A. Thompson Scenic Railway; which opened as the longest coaster in the US in 1908, it took just 47 days to build the Giant Dipper.

The Giant Dipper rollercoaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

After a sixty-five foot first drop that gets the Giant Dipper up to fifty-five miles an hour maximum speed you head up into the first turnaround.



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