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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Announces Summer of Celebration in Honor of Giant Dipper 100th Celebration

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2024

Contact: Kris Reyes
(831) 332-6966
[email protected]

Santa Cruz, CA – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has announced a summer of celebration in honor of the Giant Dipper’s 100th anniversary. This summer the Boardwalk will celebrate the legendary wooden roller coaster with oceanfront fireworks on the Dipper’s birthday weekend, exclusive limited-edition Giant Dipper merchandise, and rides on the iconic coaster for only $1 on select days.

The celebration begins with a public ceremony in front of the Giant Dipper on Saturday, May 18 at 10:30am. Guests who ride the Dipper on this day will receive a commemorative 100th anniversary Giant Dipper button while supplies last. That evening, fireworks will illuminate the sky above the Boardwalk starting at 9:00pm.

A ride on the Giant Dipper will only cost $1 on Dipper Days which is every Wednesday starting May 29 thru August 7. Lovers of this classic coaster will have the chance to demonstrate their artistic talents with a Giant Dipper 100th fan art contest. Entries can be submitted between May 17 thru August 16. Winners will receive Dipper swag, MyBoardwalk Cards and Boardwalk Ride Wristbands.

The Boardwalk will celebrate National Roller Coaster Day on Saturday, August 17 and the first 100 riders on the Giant Dipper will receive a Boardwalk souvenir cup. Unique Giant Dipper 100th anniversary merchandise including custom Coaster Dot apparel, Christmas ornaments, bags, mugs, keychains, and so much more will be available at select Boardwalk retail locations.

“The Giant Dipper is beloved by millions of people and the 100th anniversary celebration will have something fun for everyone,” said Boardwalk spokesperson Kris Reyes. “Whether someone rides the Giant Dipper for the first time or the 100th time this summer, it will be a season of celebration in honor of this legendary wooden roller coaster.”

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Built by Arthur Loof in 1924, the Giant Dipper was designated a National Historical Landmark by the U.S. National Park Service in 1987. Continuously operating in its original location since 1924, the Giant Dipper is the fourth oldest coaster in the United States, one of the top ten oldest in the world and has thrilled over 68 million rides thus far.

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