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Giant Dipper Roller Coaster

What's New for 2019

5th oldest coaster in the country

SANTA CRUZ, CA (May 30, 2019) – This summer marks the 112th consecutive season for the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The seaside amusement park is now operating on a full daily schedule through Labor Day.

What’s New for 2019
  • Twirlin’ Teacups is the newest ride to open on the Boardwalk just in time for summer. The family-friendly classic teacup ride opened Memorial Day Weekend and it’s already a hit with kids who love the spinning action.

  • The Giant Dipper, the oldest roller coaster in California and 5th oldest in the country celebrates 95 years of continuous operation this summer. An art contest is running throughout the summer to pay homage to the National Historic Landmark. For some interesting local history on the park’s signature ride visit

  • A new and improved inside the Casino Arcade has a flashy high-tech makeover with new gear, a new registration and display system and other exciting new features.

  • A new Crazy Surf ride is scheduled to open in early June. The new ride replaces a similar, older ride in the same location.

  • Leo the Paper-Eating Lion is back on the Boardwalk this summer after roughing it in the Santa Cruz Mountains since the 1990s.A favorite of kids who visited the Boardwalk in the 70s and 80s, Leo has been fully restored. The colorful retro lion likes to eat litter right out of your hand. You can find him in his original location, right outside Funland Arcade.

  • The Boardwalk added a new tradition this Spring. A “guest of the day” is invited to announce the “opening of the park” each day… with the push of a button and a little fanfare.

Tips for Affordable Fun

  • The park’s best deal is a Boardwalk Season Pass. You can enjoy the rides every operating day through December 31 with a Boardwalk Season Pass for $81.95 + tax.

  • Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach kick off on June 14 with The English Beat. Look for two free shows every Friday Night at 6:30 & 8:30 with favorite bands from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. 

  • Free Movies on the Beach are a fun and affordable night out on Wednesdays at 9pm starting June 19.  The traditional series opener is the campy vampire classic The Lost Boys, filmed at the Boardwalk in 1987. This year fans can watch another movie with Boardwalk scenes, Bumble Bee will be shown on August 7.  Catch a qualifier for Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest before School of Rock on June 26.

  • Retro Nights, June 17 – August 13. All rides are just $1.50 each on Monday & Tuesday nights after 5pm.

  • Coca-Cola Nights, June 19 – August 15. Unlimited Rides are $14.95 after 5pm when you bring in an empty Coca-Cola product.  (Not valid July 4.)

  • Unlimited Attractions, June 17 – August 15. Get in some fun play time with Unlimited Attractions after 5pm, June 17 – August 15. Attractions include Fright Walk, The Vault Laser Maze, Climb 'N Conquer, Laser Tag and Mini Golf for $10.95 plus tax. These attractions are normally $7 each!  (Not valid July 4.)

  • Discount CouponsGuests will find some deals on food, games and merchandise with Boardwalk money-saving coupons.

  • Free Summer Entertainment – Take a break from the rides and enjoy free entertainment from Noon – 6pm daily featuring funny jugglers, magicians and acrobats. Catch a show on Neptune’s stage at Noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm and on the River stage at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

Tips for Parking
On busy summer weekends save time and money with free offsite parking at 701 Ocean Street.  Check the schedule for dates and hours.  A free Boardwalk shuttle runs every 30 minutes between the parking lot and the Boardwalk or rent a Jump Bike and ride the San Lorenzo River bike path all the way to the Boardwalk.  

You can also  find parking in downtown Santa Cruz, check out the local shops and restaurants and catch a trolley to the beach for just 25 cents each way.  

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