3 armed wheel on ITAL now has pics!

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 9:05 AM


Here is a link to the site that is selling that myster 3 armed farris wheel, as you can see the 3 armed wheel is not the one from SFGAM, and does not apear to be the one from PGA. So where did this thing come from?

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 9:10 AM
I think it is the one from SFGAM.

Loyal fan of Nolimits.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 9:16 AM
But the one at SFGAm had a red, white, and blue base. This one doesn't. Plus this was just recently updated, they would not update it if it was the one from SFGAm because it was scraped.
Wednesday, October 16, 2002 9:40 AM
I still want one. How much do you think it costs? $10k ish?

- John
I got a B&M T-shirt!

*** This post was edited by Michael Darling on 10/16/2002. ***

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 9:44 AM

As someone who has an affection for unique and inovative design, I LOVE these things. They are so cool, are strong visually, and very Unique in the amusement buisness.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 9:55 AM

Who cares where it came from? The point is to show what the ride looked like. As far as anyone knows it could be from an old Intamin brochure.

Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
"There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, when it's all in your mind. You gotta let go." - Ghetto, Supreme Beings of Leisure

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 10:20 AM
Actually, I think a lot of folks might care where it came from....not that the picture would necessarily be of any help at all....
Wednesday, October 16, 2002 12:54 PM
The asking price is $525,000


Wednesday, October 16, 2002 1:24 PM
This is very interesting....you have to figure this IS the beloved Sky Whirl from SFGAm. This would most definitely explain why the baskets are all still lined up in the employee parking lot. (Does anyone know if the upright and the arms are still in the way-back corner of the lot?)

As far as the photos, I'm sure that's not necessarily THE ride they are selling....or, it might be, but just a real old picture. In any case, I'm sure they were just looking for a "representation" of the ride (since they can't go out to the park and take a "current" photo of the ride in operation.

If this is indeed the SkyWhirl from SFGAm (as I think it is), it just makes it even more mind-boggling "why" they would dismantle it...if it is/was such a maintenance nightmare, I don't know why they think someone would want to buy it...especially after it's been sitting for a couple of years dismantled. There must be hope for it...apparently SF just got lazy?

I'm no maintenance whiz, but I do subscribe to the school of common sense...and in a park that, year after year, does well money wise I guess I just don't understand why they wouldn't simply relocate the ride once they decided DejaVu needed that spot...how many times has Whirlygig been moved around?

Like I said, I don't mean to whine or complain...I am just baffled. I figured that Sky Whirl must have become completely "not worth it"...apparently it "might" be worth it to someone. I do know that some will claim that "ridership" wasn't there...but all I know is that there was almost ALWAYS a decent line waiting to get on when I went to the park...most of the time families just looking for a 'break'.

As many have recollected, I always found the Sky Whirl an excellent relaxation ride that always gave you a great view of the park. Year after year you could take a spin on the Sky Whirl and check out the ever-changing park from a birds-eye view (with a nice breeze as well). Not to mention is was always cool imagining Eddie Murphy jumping from basket to basket trying to save those kids as their basket chain barely held on to the arm ;) .

I digress...anyways, it will be most interesting to see if anyone has any interest in resurrecting this once trademark Marriott ride.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 1:49 PM
I think the one from SFGAM was scraped wasn't it?
Wednesday, October 16, 2002 1:56 PM
Well, that's my question to anyone who might know...

I do KNOW that the baskets are still on SFGAm property (lined up in the employee parking lot).

And, I do KNOW that when DejaVu was being assembled they had the upright and the arms of the ride laying in the far corner or the lot.

I do not know if they are still there or if they have been sent to the scrap yard...I had assumed they were long gone, which made the fact that they still had the baskets lined up in the lot very curious. Why hang on to the baskets when you scrapped everything else (upright, arms, motors etc)?

Maybe someone knows...

*** This post was edited by MrSkyWhirl on 10/16/2002. ***

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 5:22 PM

The cages are all that remain of SFGAm's Sky Whirl. There was a thread about this a while back where it was pretty much confirmed.

Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 7:23 PM
But why does The manufacturing year say 1976. Now either it's PGA's or the parts from both put together,
Wednesday, October 16, 2002 9:37 PM
The photos are definitely of the PGA ride. Check these shots for reference:


This ad is curious all right. The PGA ride was most definitely scrapped back in July. I can't confirm anything about the SFGAm ride, but PGA's is most definitely gone.

The only other two Intamin triples are at Seibuen in Japan and Lotte World in Korea. Both have color schemes that differ from these photos. The ad apparently does not refer to either of those rides anyway, because it states the location to be the USA. Regardless of the surprising photo update, my best guess is that the ad is stale, referring to a ride that is no longer available for sale.


Thursday, October 17, 2002 4:45 AM
Those things look awsome. My question is why were they all taken out?

*** This post was edited by RubberDucky on 10/17/2002. ***

Thursday, October 17, 2002 5:33 AM
They were taken out simply because the parks that had them were too cheap to maintain them for their customers. Hershey has a double intamin wheel, and it is in perfect operating condition after 20 years. Kings Island, Great America CA, Magic Mountain, Astroworld, Great America IL.....Paramount and Six Flags parks, the world's worst at removing perfectly good rides because they dont want to spend the money to maintain them.
Thursday, October 17, 2002 3:01 PM

Hmm. The manufacturing date would lead me to believe that this is one of the Great America wheels. But I know that those rides were well over 105 feet tall. At least, the tops of the arms went higher than that. I was under the impression that the central pedestal was actually under a hundred feet, which would mean that no portion of those rides match up with that statistic. Perhaps I was wrong about the height of the pedestal- anyone know for sure?

If it is one of the Sky Whirls, my bet is it's a defunct ad for the recently scrapped California one. I agree with MrSkyWhirl: if the Six Flags Sky Whirl hadn't been a hopeless mess, with no resale value, I think they would have just re-located it to another part of the park. I rode it the last year it operated, on a weekday, and it had a fifteen minute line or so. That's about as long as I ever saw it.


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