Sunday, October 22, 2000 8:41 AM
Yet another first for me, even though I have lived for 28 years only 80 miles away from this 1925 classic.
My girlfriend and I met up with Belmont Babe and Dutchman at about 11:30 in the drizzly, chilly morning. After asking them where the best ride on the Giant Dipper was, Dutchman said that if you like to get a real pounding, go for the back. That almost sounded like a challenge to me, so to the back I went. WOW! One of the most brutal 70' coasters around! Good speed through the turn-arounds and small hills. The back was rough, but in a fun way, I highly suggest a back seat ride. Awesome twisting first drop, looks a little like the Crystal Beach Cyclone, a little. The front had some good airtime "pops" but nothing to write home about.
Dutchman also gave me a history lesson about Belmont park and how the GD was narrowly saved from the wrecking ball, and careless fire-starters. Thanks for the info!
I find it hard to decide on which Giant Dipper is best. (SCBB vs. Belmont) Both are similar height, speed, location (beach), have tunnels before the lift hill, and historical significance. But, if I HAD to choose, I think SCBB edges Belmont's out by a nose. Maybe it is the station and the whistle at SCBB. Either way, a great ride on Belmont's Giant Dipper will be waiting for you in San Diego.
BTW, go to the gift shop and check out the historical photos, Giant Dipper model, and an original train car from 1925! Awesome!!
Gotta ride 'em all!
*added gift shop info*
*** This post was edited by Soggy on 10/22/2000. ***
Sunday, October 22, 2000 6:42 PM
Good Report Soggy.
I rode this a few years ago while visiting. Very attractive coaster and a nice ride. Pay as you go and priced right. Well worth the drive out of my way.
I did check out the gift shop. Some good coaster memorabilia in there. I was able to pick up an ACE Guide to Ride handbook.