Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 24, 1987):
Built in 1911, this carousel is one of the six essentially intact Looff carousels in the United States. The Looff family was one of the major early manufacturers of carousels. The roller coaster (1924) is the older of the two large, wooden scaffolded roller coasters remaining on the West Coast.
The Giant Dipper is a well-maintained attraction at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 55 million riders have experienced the coaster since it opened in 1924. The landmark is in good condition
The Giant Dipper was awarded an American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) Roller Coaster Landmark Plaque during the park's 2007 Centennial season.