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Giant Dipper: 1984

Giant Dipper: 1984

If you ask me, one of these people is enjoying this ride more than the other. UPDATE: Well, as SilentEchoes57 has pointed out, this isn't the Giant Dipper. As the Wild Mouse had been gone for several years when I took this shot, this is probably the Jet Star, a smaller coaster ride that operated until 1991. 35mm Kodacolor 100 negative.

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I wonder if we could track them down

If we could interest folks at Reddit and other larger sites, I wonder if the power of the Internet would suffice to track these two down? It's a spectacular photo, and however their date went, I bet they've love to see it now.

Jet Star

This is definitely the Jet Star at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz California. The Jet Star was a secondary roller coaster to the Giant Dipper,the historic wooden roller coaster. The Jet Star was dismantled I believe in the 90's and replaced by a similar ride and is now called The Hurricane.

They're Not Alone

While at first glance it appears that the boy and his girlfriend are alone on the ride, the second pic of the day below reveals three riders. On the main pic, you can see there's a head behind the couple.

Not Dipper

SilentEchoes57 is right, this isn't the Giant Dipper, so I've corrected my caption. Re: Ron's comment, this was a smaller ride, and it my just have been possible that there was close access to the rails - note the grilled railing at the right, and there's a close-up blurry bit of it at the lower right corner. If so, I just positioned myself there, set a high shutter speed, and waited for the right moment. Here's the other shot I took that day:


How did you take this? Its a fantastic pic and you were moving at the time. I am impressed (not that I wasn't already with your body of work).

Cute couple!

It looks like she is trying to be a good sport, but isn't totally enjoying it, like the boy. Quite likely they are boyfriend and girlfriend, but it reminds me of the time I was on the Wild Mouse at Seattle Center and the boy I was with was my cousin. I wasn't trying to be a good sport, though. He had told me it wasn't that bad, to get me to go on it. After it was over, he had a good laugh and I slugged him!

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He looks like he has a good grip

of his senses.

The Giant Dipper is a vintage wooden roller coaster classic, and is not the one in the photo. The ride depicted here looks more like a Wild Mouse ride, and based on my quick scan of the Santa Cruz boardwalk on Bing Maps Bird's Eye View, may no longer be in place.

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