Intamin Towers

Monday, January 13, 2003 4:50 PM

How long has Intamin been building observation towers like the Eiffel Tower at Paramount's Kings Island, or Sky Tower at Six Flags Magic Mountain? Was Intamin working with ( a part of? ) Schwazkopf at the time these were built? Any other information would be appreciated.

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Monday, January 13, 2003 5:02 PM
Since the 70s. I know The parachute drop at knotts (combo observation tower and parachute drop) was opened on July 4th, 1976, resulting in the largest attendence day to that date. Sky tower at SFMM opened with the park.
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Monday, January 13, 2003 5:49 PM
How can anyone even be sure that Intamin even built the Eiffel tower replicas at both PKI & PKD?
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Monday, January 13, 2003 5:49 PM
That tower at Knott's is currently only used as an observation tower, the parachutes have been removed, correct?

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Monday, January 13, 2003 7:12 PM
Yes, I forgot to mention that. Almost immediately after Supreme Scream was opened (they were both open for a few weeks or months), the parachutes were deemed "unneccesary" and suffered from low ridership and high maintanance costs. The names were parachute jump and sky cabin (i'm iffy on the parachute's ride name). Now, we have wipeout (formerly in perilous plunge's plot, and after that in windjammer's area) and a rock climing wall in addition to the sky cabin (which gets intamin downtime even after 26 years).
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Monday, January 13, 2003 7:30 PM
That's funny, I've never seen Space Spiral down for "Intamin time." Ever. Good luck on Cedar Point's part I guess?

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Monday, January 13, 2003 7:44 PM
INTAMIN built the Oil Derrick at Six Flags Over Texas in 1969, so they've been doing it for over 30 years.

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Monday, January 13, 2003 8:27 PM
I don't think so Speedy. Sky Cabin is a pretty reliable ride. If it wasn't they would have taken it out with the parachutes. There's a good reason why it was spared.

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Monday, January 13, 2003 8:35 PM

Its been down on all four of my past 4 visits to knotts in the past 2 months or so; closed for at least a few hours each time. I just say, hey, "lets ride sky cabin", and i end up seeing the notorius snoopy maintanance sign is always blocking the entrance, and maintanance workers are crawling around the vehicle. i must have bad luck. i don't even remember seeing it run during my last visit a few weeks ago. there were a few ride ops fixing something in the cabin though. Didn't a few people commit suicide on the parachute jump too?

*** This post was edited by Speedy on 1/14/2003. ***

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Monday, January 13, 2003 8:51 PM

I don't know then. I think its just you, lol. I've found it to be decently reliable. Most Intamins are...eventually.

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Monday, January 13, 2003 8:57 PM
Ooops. I need to work on that. I'll edit.
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Monday, January 13, 2003 9:06 PM
Just pointing it out. Better me than Jeff. And now since you edited, I need to do the same!

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*** This post was edited by CoasterFanMatt on 1/14/2003. ***

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Monday, January 13, 2003 9:18 PM
As far as I know, Intamin did not build the Eiffel Tower Twins.
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Monday, January 13, 2003 9:18 PM

Speedy said:
Yes, I forgot to mention that. Almost immediately after Supreme Scream was opened (they were both open for a few weeks or months), the parachutes were deemed "unneccesary" and suffered from low ridership and high maintanance costs. The names were parachute jump and sky cabin (i'm iffy on the parachute's ride name). Now, we have wipeout (formerly in perilous plunge's plot, and after that in windjammer's area) and a rock climing wall in addition to the sky cabin (which gets intamin downtime even after 26 years).


I think the full name you're looking for is Parachute Sky Jump. ;)

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 12:26 AM
Intamin did manufacture both Eiffel Towers and Sky Tower.

http://www.pki.com/attractions_rides_featured.jsp?id=931

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 10:58 AM
There's a plaque on the one at PKI that says it was built by Intamin. Isn't there?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 2:08 PM

I never knew the Sky Cabin type ride at Knotts berry Farm, had parachutes attached to the ride.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 2:16 PM
Yeah. All evidence was removed during xcelerator construction. they removed the supports for the ropes then.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 3:15 PM
Intamin built Hersheypark's Kissing Tower (GyroTower 1200) in 1975 (was supposed to go in in 1974, but that's another story). Since then it has been a very reliable ride with little downtime--after all-it's just an elevator! It has proven especially popular now that it has been opened for Christmas Candylane the past two seasons. An excellent place to view the lights and decorations.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 5:50 PM
When I was at Candylane it was closed...

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