Return of Sky Whirl?

Monday, January 19, 2004 11:25 AM
I just got the News Sun this morning and found the article on 4 New Rides @ SFGAm. At some point it said:

The other three rides planned for Mardi Gras include the Big Easy Balloons, a 33 foot tall tower with 12 spinning gondolas...

Could this by any chance be Sky Whirl dressed up a little?

Monday, January 19, 2004 11:26 AM
Nope. Its not the Sky Whirl.
Monday, January 19, 2004 11:28 AM
Unless I am mistaken, I believe that the Big Easy Balloons is a Zamperla Balloon Race ride. They can be found in many kiddieland sections of parks, and it really is a great kids ride. *** Edited 1/19/2004 4:48:27 PM UTC by Mustang***
Monday, January 19, 2004 11:29 AM
Anyone got a photo?

Monday, January 19, 2004 11:40 AM

Is it that hard to search for things on the internet?

Monday, January 19, 2004 11:45 AM
Zamperla Balloon Race rides only have 8 "gondolas".

Dorney's Balloon Race

American Adventure's Balloon Race

Or is there a 12 car model?

EDIT - There is indeed a 12 car model. Seems like that's what is going in.

*** Edited 1/19/2004 4:47:59 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

Monday, January 19, 2004 1:32 PM
I thought that Sky Whirl had been junked?
Monday, January 19, 2004 1:46 PM
Boy o boy, what a tease this thread is ;)

Yah, it appears all "removed" three-armed wheels are long gone - not much chance of seeing a "Sky Whirl" installed anywhere anytime soon.

In other words, we won't be seeing this

anytime soon. :(

Monday, January 19, 2004 1:46 PM
I think Sky Whirl was a little taller than 33 feet.
Monday, January 19, 2004 2:56 PM
Just a tad.
Monday, January 19, 2004 9:47 PM
Yeah, but at least there's still a few out there:

Monday, January 19, 2004 11:45 PM
You to can buy the famous Sky Whirl for only $ 525,000 at this link

Come on, if we all chip in a $ or 2 we will have it in no time.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 9:07 AM
I think that there are two Sky Whirls out there- the one that was linked to and one other. Supposedly their mechanical bits are a little more updated than the Great America versions and are less troublesome... hence the reason they are still running.

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