It's been closed every time I've been there this year too. I hope they open it, because my friend has never ridden it, and we passed up the Looping Starship @ Valleyfair! today because I figured we could just go on Power Dive next time we were at SFGAm. Oh well...no big deal I guess...
One rumor I have heard is that Power Dive is coming out next year for a new 100 foot tall ferris wheel. Jim Wintrode told members of the Gurnee Planning Commission - who were upset about the Triple Wheel coming down - that they would be installing a large big wheel type ferris wheel in "the near future."
They should take it out and put a ride like the Hammerhead at SFMW in there. They do the same thing, but Power Dive has very uncomfy restraints and the Hammerhead thing was cool because of the Face/Off seats. ------------- Bull rides:76 Batman rides:42
There is no way that any ferris wheel can replace the triple arm Sky Whirl! Don't parks respect the nostalgic feeling people have after going to a park, some for most of their lives (like me)? While the Sky Whirl may not have been a big profit maker, it was still an essential part of the park, since it distinguished its skyline from that of other parks. It always had a line, while rarely longer than 5 minutes, it did have a line.
I can live with the removal of the sky whirl. I'm not at all happy about it, but I can live with it.
The day they remove the Triple Play, is the day I vow never to return to SFGAm. And I hope somebody who works there realizes this. Of all the non-rollercoaster rides, Triple Play is best since you get air-time every 5 seconds for the duration of the ride. I'm pretty sure Cedar Point has the same ride, Troika I think. If you've never ridden these rides, they are a definate must.
SFGA2001 said: "They should take it out and put a ride like the Hammerhead at SFMW in there. They do the same thing, but Power Dive has very uncomfy restraints and the Hammerhead thing was cool because of the Face/Off seats. ------------- Bull rides:76 Batman rides:42"
i hope not!! The one thing i like about Power Dive is that unlike hammerhead it doesnt have high g forces. they give me headaches going around backwards with such speed and force. While on the otherhand Power dive has a slow rocking motion that makes everyone on board scream! And it adds fear to it while it goes so slow, and u get pressed against ur harness, rather than turning into jelly by the high g forces of hammerhead
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This is one of my favorites at SFGAm! I love the hanging sensation at the top, and watching the horizon rise and fall as you slooowly go over the top. That sensation is hard to find on most upside down rides and coasters, as the centrifugal force keeps the rider pasted to the seat, and the loops go by too quickly to feel that you are upside down. Power Dive gives you the type of upside down feeling that I like. I really hope that this ride stays put - I ride this on each visit to SFGAm. I feel fortunate that I got 3 trips on it earlier this season. ------------- First we Rock - Then we Roll!
Definitely is a cool ride. While Magic Mountain and other parks have gotten rid of theirs, this one still packs a long wait, even after 14 years. It is a great, terrifying ride. When it opened in 1987, it filled a void left by the edge, which ran on its spot.
I agree that the Sky Whirl was a good, unique ride, however, given that Great America will pretty much have to remove rides from now on or squeeze them into the remaining land, I would sacrifice Sky Whirl for Deja Vu anyday. Of course it would help if the ride opened.