Yeah, they are awesome! Dorney Park has one! Was one of the most exciting/thrilling rides ever! Didn't really care for the wait at the top while the bottom chair was reloading, but what a spectacular view! It was a added pay for attraction but definitly worth the $20! (for both)
I have ridden one. I was down in FL for a county fair...I believe Bluegrass runs the fairs down there. But anyway, the ride was nothing I expected. You seat flips back and forth, and when they stop you at the top to load 2 more passengers at the bottom....makes me want to be afraid of heights!! LOL!!
I only paid 10 bucks to ride it, well worth the "scare" factor in my opinion!! This ride is much better IMO then the skycoasters. Though the taller the skycoaster, the more I enjoy it!!
Robert, you need to take the exclimation point out of your sentence. You see, Dorney Park no longer has the Skyscraper:( It got transfered to another Cedar Fair property (Valley Fair or Worlds of Fun). Razore86, he said it was $20 for two people. Now it sounds like a better deal, doesn't it? I loved the Skyscraper. It scared the hell out of me. The Zamperla Turbo Force which is basically the same ride, except with back to back seating, is equally as thrilling. I've ridden that three times. Some of the ride motions are very unsettling, such as when you come over the top and your seat starts turning towards the ground. The wait at the top while the other seats are loading can be agonizing also due to the height. I remember they had a Skyscraper at Six Flags Fiesta Texas back in 2002 (is it still there?).
I have ridden the Zamperla version at a carnival/fair in my parents hometown of Woodridge outside of Chicago. Like others, it was nothing like I expected. I am not a big fan of carnival rides, but this I loved. I think I caught it for $5 - $7 per person. There were nice pops of air when your seat didnt do a total 360 flip.
Intamin Fan said: The Zamperla Turbo Force which is basically the same ride, except with back to back seating, is equally as thrilling. I've ridden that three times. Some of the ride motions are very unsettling, such as when you come over the top and your seat starts turning towards the ground. The wait at the top while the other seats are loading can be agonizing also due to the height.
There's a version of the skyscraper running in fairs in France. Like all good french fairground rides, its too expansive (10 euros a ride) and the names are never too original (XXX? Same logo as the movie?). The stats they post are also... exaggerated. They claim it pulls 6G's and goes from 0 to 80 mph in... 1,1 seconds..
I ridden both of the Skyscrapers in Pigeon Forge (near Dollywood). I think that had to be one of the most intense rides I have ever ridden. The onboard video that they sell comes out pretty crappy but I bought it anyway. Oh, the ones in PF are $15.00 per person.
I rode one at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. They run their Spin Doctor (a pair of Fabbri Boosters) as a standard non-upcharge attraction. It was a great experience, reminding me of a more intense Top Spin or other looping rides. It was well worth 40 minutes in line.
They are a cool ride but nothing I would be willing to pay for over and over again. About once a year I would ride it at Dorney. My one friend on the other hand she loves the ride and would bug me every visit to ride.
Dorney revoved their Skyscraper and I think it's at Worlds of Fun or Valleyfair now.
For the money I think the Sky Coaster is the craziest thing you can do.
We rode one of these in Pigeon Forge as well. It was the day after Thanksgiving and the temperature was somewhere in the mid thirties. I was absolutely terrified! My buddy was laughing at my reaction and bought the video. Luckily all you can hear is the rush of the wind, and not me screaming like a girl for the first half and then during the second half only being able to mutter "Please please please" repeatedly. ;)
I have ridden the version you are talking about while at a Paris carnival. The stats were indeed false, but it was still a fun ride. It wasn't as strong or fast as advertised but it was cool looking at the Eiffel Tower upside down. =:^)
The Zamperla models are slower than other versions I have ridden but the seats seem to spin more. Just don't ride with Legendary as he will make a bloody mess.
The Gravity Works versions are pretty intense depending on the ride operator. Katanga, that used to operate on I-Drive in Orlando, was amazing. If you tipped the ride operator you will get a really long and wild ride.
The most intense version I have ridden was a Fabbri model that was at a street fair in Brussels. It was so strong that we were asking to be let off the ride in a matter of seconds as it was really hurting our legs. The ride operators were getting a kick out of watching us scream so they kept it going. We should have known better as no one was riding it when we arrived.