How many parks still have sky rides?

Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:36 AM
KnoebelsGrandCarousel's avatar

Sorry to bring up an old topic but after writing about the sky ride at BGW, I got to thinking about other sky rides. What I am interested in is the kind of sky ride that Hershey and Dutch Wonderland have. Dorney used to have one as well. :(

What other parks have this version? The only other ones that I know of are Waldameer, Great Escape, and I think possibly Canobie Lake. Also who is the manufacturer of these? Thanks!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 12:16 PM
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I always found it interesting that Hershey used to have two different sky rides--the one-station 'Sky View' that's currently there, and a standard two-station version with enclosed cars. They actually ran close to perpendicular to each other and crossed paths.

You can see them both on this map (#21 is still there, #13 was removed several years ago).

Thursday, July 2, 2009 12:50 PM
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has one.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 1:42 PM
rollergator's avatar

^^^KGC - check out this link for *some* useful info.

I knew about VonRoll to some degree, and was aware that SFNE's was a VonRoll from the manufacturer's plates. Not sure who else was building them - IB has an older ski-lift style one as well.

...and since I can't seem to say it enough, these are fabulous rides, made THAT much better when the park utilizes them as a method to transport guests from place to place (unlike Hershey's, Knoebels', or LC's). SFoG's "Sky Buckets", or to a lesser degree SFGAdv's, are examples like the BGW kind, also fuly enclosed, where you really can save a LOT of walking...

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Thursday, July 2, 2009 2:28 PM

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Thursday, July 2, 2009 2:35 PM

This may have been mentioned somewhere back there. The Minnesota State Fair has a permanent Von Roll Sky Ride as well as a semi-permamnent Sky Glider. They are both great rides.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 3:00 PM

The Busch Parks, Casino Pier, Moreys, Adventurland IA. Lake Compounce, Camden, Ohio State Fair

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Thursday, July 2, 2009 3:47 PM
KnoebelsGrandCarousel's avatar

Thanks for the link, gator. It appears from the discussion there that this version of sky ride is made by O. D. Hopkins. If you click on photo 2 in this link, this looks similar and is listed as a Hopkins.

rollergator said:SFoG's "Sky Buckets", or to a lesser degree SFGAdv's, are examples like the BGW kind, also fuly enclosed, where you really can save a LOT of walking...

All I have to say is God bless SFGAdv's Sky Buckets because if I had to walk across that barren wasteland of asphalt in the middle of the park where all the flats used to be I would be miserable.

Friday, July 3, 2009 8:50 AM

Canobie still has their Sky Ride, and of my last trip (before Memorial Day), it was still up and running. It's a great way to settle yoyr stomach after the Turkish Twist. :)

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Friday, July 3, 2009 6:04 PM

Everland in South Korea has a skyride and that one runs from the "Rockville" themed area on top of the valley and it goes down to the bottom, where T Express is.

Even through its not a skyride per say, I'd like to mention the oddball balloon ride from Intamin at Lotte World, again in South Korea. Basically, you stand in the basket of a hot air balloon and you go down 30 feet for loading. You then go up and go around the ceiling of the park.

Saturday, July 4, 2009 6:03 AM

Ghost Town in the Sky, NC has the mountainside chairlift, along with the tram.

Saturday, July 4, 2009 2:35 PM
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I remember the Hershey Park ones. The one, down by the Comet, is an out and back style one that didn't really take you anywhere. But the one at the start of the park would take you to then, the rear of the park, which is now by the Great Bear. Hershey also has the monorail too, so perhaps they just figured it was redundant? Not sure.

When I was younger my aunt and I were driving back from Six Flags Great Adventure and stopped at Seaside Heights, NJ and they had one of the sky rides going along their boardwalk.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009 10:19 AM

janfrederick said:
I wonder which park had the tallest? The one at Magic Mountain seemed ridiculously tall...probably 130' on top of the mountain. Yikes.

Rides at the top of SFMM give the illusion of a sickening, dangerous height. It's the Stratosphere Hotel effect.

For example, SFMM's Tatsu, at the top of its lift, appears to be an unbearable, murderous 500 feet tall. The oil derrick sky tower appears to be 600 feet tall and gives you that metallic taste in your mouth as you peer gingerly out its windows as they rattle in the wind.

On both these attractions you can see literally for miles into the desert, as if you're on the roof of a skyscraper, even though you're technically only 200 feet off the ground.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009 10:09 PM

Oh, BTW, SFNE still has their's up an running.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009 11:28 PM

How about Great Adventure? It was running last year, I don't know if it still is this year... but wow, that one is high and scares me. :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009 11:57 PM

It can't be as bad as Knoebels'...or the old lift at Gun Town Mountain.

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Monday, July 6, 2009 12:24 AM

WI State Fair has one, fairly new.

Monday, July 6, 2009 11:46 AM

Has anybody rode the sky ride at Natural Bridge Sp? It was one of the first ones I every rode, and if I remember right it used to not even have anything to hold you in.
Also if your into camping and hiking, that park and red river gorge have some really cool trails.

Monday, July 6, 2009 8:13 PM

Does the Puyallup Fair in WA still have their skyride? I loved the globe shaped cars but I haven't been to that fair in nearly 10 years.

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Monday, July 6, 2009 8:20 PM

Swampy, I think I know the style you're talking about. They're just like the ones at SFNE.

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