Construction of Great America's Sky Whirl

Sunday, December 14, 2003 7:23 PM
This page may have already been pointed out, but I found an interesting site documenting the construction of the Sky Whirl/Tripple Wheel at Great America. I believe it's the one in California.

http://americas.best.vwh.net/mga/skywhirl002.html

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Monday, December 15, 2003 11:10 AM
Too cool! Thanks!

When I worked there, it was probably, after the Whizzer, the coolest ride to operate.

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Monday, December 15, 2003 12:17 PM
Yep, it is the one in California. I can tell because the area around SFGAm is (relatively) flat but on page 16 and page 5 you can see "foothills" - something that is _not_ around SFGAm.
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Monday, December 15, 2003 12:44 PM
And orchards...which is cool because now the place is smack-dab in the middle-o silicon central.
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Monday, December 15, 2003 2:17 PM
Dayum!!! that place looked barren back then. Now it is populated by Intel and friends....
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Monday, December 15, 2003 2:32 PM
Too bad what looks like a great ride is still up for sale. I'm surprised ITAL has not given up by now.
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Monday, December 15, 2003 3:16 PM
Perhaps someone in Las Vegas will buy it and build a resort around it... ;)
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Monday, December 15, 2003 3:29 PM
The ITAL ad is no longer valid. Both Great America's have scrapped their triple wheels.
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Monday, December 15, 2003 4:07 PM
For shame.
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Monday, December 15, 2003 5:03 PM
Aww man, they could have spliced both of them together and called it the Hydra...could even throw in some Polyps around there and so a protozoa theme... ;)

Seriously though, the Triple Wheels were really unique rides. Sure they inspired gastric upheavals...but they were great to watch.

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Monday, December 15, 2003 9:15 PM
What a truly beautiful engineering marvel! It's a total shame that both parks scrapped this ride. I would love to have ridden it. Out of curiosity, what took the place of the Sky Whirl at both parks?
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Monday, December 15, 2003 9:30 PM
Vekoma inverted boomerangs. While PGA got a standard Invertigo model, SFGAm got a Giant Inverted Boomerang.

-Nate

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Monday, December 15, 2003 11:31 PM
That is very saddening to hear.

All the Intamin Multiple-Wheel Ferris Wheels are very beautiful and great eye-candy. To bad not very many of them are left, in the USA anyway.

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