Voted the World’s Best Seaside Park

May 17 – August 16, 2019

Thank you for sharing your talent and appreciation for our favorite roller coaster! With over 66 million riders since the ride first opened in 1924, we knew we’d receive a lot of fun and awesome entries.

Share your best Giant Dipper photograph, drawing, painting or surprise us with your creativity (haiku, song, quilt, etc.) and you could win a prize!

One overall Grand Prize winner will be selected to receive an Apple 15″ MacBook Pro Laptop Computer, Bose Soundlink II Bluetooth Speaker, Mophie PowerStation Portable Charger; and an invitation for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Boardwalk. Other prizes in each age group and category (except employees) include 2 Boardwalk All-Day Rides Tickets.

View contest rules.

The Giant Dipper contest is now closed.

Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner!

Photography Contest Finalists

Fan Art Contest Finalists

Other Art Contest Finalists

Photography Contest Entries

Fan Art Contest Entries

Other Art Contest Entries


handmade giant dipper replica


All lettering and outlines are hand burned with a wood burner onto the driftwood, with paint highlights throughout the piece. Everything from the red tracks to the white wood holding

a popsicle model of the giant dipper

Jesus Rojas – Honorable Mention

The entry is an arts and craft project. A popsicle model of the Giant Dipper all painted similar to the real version. Also, at night, it also lights up using

retro version of the giant dipper

Priscilla Martinez – RUNNER-UP

I wanted to capture people’s expression and feelings of exhilaration riding on the classic Giant Dipper. This depicts a retro theme in representation 95th anniversary of the Santa Cruz Beach

painting of the giant dipper

Mattea Muzzy – FINALIST

For its 95th anniversary, I painted the Giant Dipper itself! I’ve always considered Santa Cruz my second home, and I wanted to paint something that hopefully conveys the sense of

watercolor of the giant dipper


Its watercolor of The Giant Dipper. I first rode this ride when I was 6, and its extremely special to me. I ride it a lot when I’m at Kennolyn

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