About Belmont Park in San Diego, California
San Diego’s Mission Beach Belmont Park is a beach amusement park reminiscent of traditional thrill parks that Americans enjoyed in the early 1900s. Filled with fun kiddie boat rides and colorful entertainment especially suited for youngsters, Belmont Park is located at Mission Beach, a San Diego beach popular with roller bladers, swimmers, surfers, and volleyball players. Situated at the north end of the beach where the ocean currents are stronger, you’ll discover historic Belmont Park. Roller coaster rides, arcades and a variety of amusements provide thrills and views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Mission Beach Amusement Center was popular through the 1930’s and 40’s and in later years it was renamed, Belmont Park. From all accounts and records, the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster was an extremely popular attraction. By the late 60’s and early 70’s Belmont Park fell into disrepair and the park and coaster finally closed in 1976. A group of concerned citizens called “Save The Coaster Committee,” had the coaster designated as a National Landmark and asked that the ownership be transferred to them. By doing so, they saved the coaster and are responsible for ensuring that the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster exists today for future generations to enjoy. The committee was given a preservation grant, raised funds locally, and donated their time to work on the coaster, however they were not able to raise the amount needed to restore the coaster to an operating condition.
In 1989, the developer of the new Belmont Park retail specialty center contacted the Santa Cruz Seaside Company in Santa Cruz, California to see if they might have some interest in restoring and operating the Belmont Park Roller Coaster in San Diego. The Santa Cruz Seaside Company is the owner and operator of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park. San Diego Seaside Company, now called the San Diego Coaster Company, was officially formed to restore and operate the Giant Dipper. Over two million dollars was spent on the restoration of the Giant Dipper and a new train that was built for the ride. The nostalgic look of yesterday, and the strict safety standards of today are combined in Belmont Park’s Giant Dipper.
- 3146 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
- (858) 488-1549
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