SFGAdv Sky Ride - Closed

Friday, August 25, 2006 1:40 PM
I'm sure this is nto New News to anyone, but I see every once in a while some indication on the Internet that the ride is indeed Open. Nope.

If it ever opens again, I'll be amazed. Time to tear this out and put in something good. The support towers are somewhat creepy besides - like there should be something going on up there, but isn't.

I wonder if the two stations will be where the two rumored 2007 flat rides will go!

- J

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 1:42 PM
It has been open whenever i was there. This year and last year i was there for two-three days and it was open.
+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 2:06 PM
I visited in 2004 and 2005 and both times the Skyride was closed. I agree with what was said about the look of the towers. I didn't get a good look at the East station (in the Fort), but the West station looked particularly creepy. Other closed rides don't creep me out, but a sky ride that is not in use is very noticable and gives the park the look of being abandoned.

IF it would be taken down, I don't know how much land it would free up. Perhaps the are where the West station is could be used, but the East station in the Fort might be tricky to use.

The difference between Great Adventure and many parks that had huge skyrides like this... The other parks removed theirs... Great Adventure simply let theirs there to rot.

Truth be told... Shaprio says it isn't all about coasters? Then prove it... Keep a "family" ride like the skyride open and tear out the oft closed and problem plagued Batman and Robbin the Chiller.

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 2:10 PM
The ride is still open. They dont open it if its too windy or they dont ahve the staff for it.

But the ride is still oeprating Also is a great way to get accross the park.

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 2:52 PM
I disagree strongly about Chilla....FIX them (i.e., both sides), and RUN them. Great rides...when operating.

GAdv's similarities to SFMM are certainly evoked when bringing up the subject of closed/abandoned *attractions*....in a sad way. I know there's a lot of backlash to the idea of selling off GAdv, a considerable portion of which comes from ME. Then again...coins have two sides for a reason.

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 3:11 PM
When was the last time the ride was *completely* open? If I'm not mistaken, they can run 2 sets of cars in each direction.

I agree about the west station looking pretty creepy, but the Fort station is pretty cool! It's one of those things that gives the park some uniqueness. Besides, that fort is also used for the Runaway Train.

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 3:14 PM

majortom1981 said:
The ride is still open. They dont open it if its too windy or they dont ahve the staff for it...

or its a Tuesday... or its a month with an "R" in it... or they just don't feel like it.


millrace said: the Fort station is pretty cool! It's one of those things that gives the park some uniqueness.

If the skyride is removed, I believe the fort would stay. Like you said, it is also the Runaway train's station. As far as Uniqueness... it is one of the few things remaining from the beginning of the park that still gives it character. The huge "covered" wagon (last time I was there it was missing its "cover") as well as the Giant TeePee were also there from the start. A little of the fantasy style of theming (icecream roofs, etc) is still present in the park, especially around the carrousel area... but other than that, alot of the old magic is long since gone and things look kind of bland. Perhaps it is just my memory fading over the years, but in 1974 to my then 9 year old brain, it was a wonderfull place. A litlte of that magic had disappared by my second visit in 1978 (I can remember noting how things "just weren't the same"). Fast forward nearly 30 years to 2004 and 2005 and my 3rd and 4th visits and it was kind of depressing to see that the old magic was almost all gone... the remaining original parts of the park looked dull, dingey and neglected while the newer sections looked bland and lifeless.

As for Chiller... Okay... keep if IF they FIX them and run them both. As it is... it's pretty useless. If they want to theme that area of the park like... oh, I don't know... an abandoned amusement park, then great... Keep Chiller, great "abandoned park" theming there. Other than that... fix it or nix it.

*** Edited 8/25/2006 7:22:38 PM UTC by SLFAKE***

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 3:39 PM

SLFAKE said:tear out the oft closed and problem plagued Batman and Robbin the Chiller.

Curse you for even saying that ;)

I understand your point though

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 3:53 PM
I never visited the park until the late 1980s so I don't have any memories from the really early years, but I always thought the park had more character than most of the major parks. I guess the Six Flags makeover is slowly removing the unique elements. Like the idiotic renaming of the Yum Yum Palace to the Character Cafe or whatever they call it now. I'll never get into the superhero crap and the all the other pop culture stuff they threw in there with a half-hearted effort at theming.
+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 6:25 PM
I appreciate everyone's comments.

You know, if I did go to the park and the Sky Ride was actually open, I don't know that I'd ride it even then. How comfortable am I to ride something that has never been open? That has had no *life* around it whatsoever? A sky ride like that?

The excuse that it's because of breezes and winds - that's Baloney. How many parks in the seventies and eighties had sky rides and ran them routinely? It was a central part of the park. The way to get from one side to another and see the park and see what you wanted to go to.

i understand that Disney World is taking out its sky ride because of insurance and liability issues.

The towers st SFGAdv look like ruins of some former ride or some former time in the park's life. Just tear it out, it looks bloody awful and creepy.

Take out the non-fort station and put in a new kiddy ride :-D maybe a Whip - that would rule!

- J

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 6:29 PM
Regarding Chiller... every time I've been to the park this season, there has been *nunca* activity on the ride. You know, justtear it out. Put in something fun and Batman themed. Maybe somethign similar to Maxxair or similar to SkyHawk. This coaster is one Big Area of Dead (also known as BAD).

Is there any reliable indication that this ride will be open next year?

- J

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 6:52 PM

ErinGoBraugh said:


You know, if I did go to the park and the Sky Ride was actually open, I don't know that I'd ride it even then. How comfortable am I to ride something that has never been open? That has had no *life* around it whatsoever? A sky ride like that?



It's been open almost all season. To say that it "has never been open" and "has no life around it whatsoever" is just plain wrong. It even ran both sides this season.

+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 7:43 PM
She might be getting things confused. It was closed the majority of the beginning of the season due to the accident/refrabrication of parts. The Chiller is one of my favorite rides at the park. It definately should not be torn down.
+0
Friday, August 25, 2006 11:17 PM
'Accident'? 'Scuse me?

'She might be getting things confused.'

'She' is not getting things confused. I know what a sky ride is. I grew up alternating between Hershey Park and Kings Dominion every summer since I was 3. That was probably before you were born. But that's beside the point.

I went to SFGAdv on June 11th and also on August 24th - no Sky Ride operation. No signs of anything ever happening around Sky Ride, either. no people, no staff, no life, no anything. No maintenance, no indication that anything had, was, or would ever happen around the sky ride. No signs, at the sky ride, saying that the sky ride was closed for the day, or temporarily closed. Yeah, maybe they had a little sign off to the side, at the entrance to the park, listing sky ride as being one of the attractions being closed. Big Friggin Deal.

Even the Buckaneer had a sign in front of it saying it was temporarily closed.

When a ride doesn't even have the courtesy of a sign in front of it saying it is closed, gives a strong signal that the park ceases to care who or what knows that the ride is closed.

Maybe I'm holding higher standards than should be reasonable these days and in the year 2006, but when I was growing up heading out to KD, the Sky Ride was always operating. Lights were on, Staff was there, Paint was in a state indicating that the system was being used. Maybe it's too much to consider that parks or even park guests consider the sky ride to be a central aspect of a park. It's only a huge structure spanning a significant area of a park, and should be kept presentable and looking 'alive.' The one at SFGAdv does not look alive. It looks neglected.

The cars, too, look pathetic. Two colors. The park could show a little interest. Get them painted different colors to light up the sky in a rainbow of colors. How friggin boring to have the cars on two colors. If I was a kid, I'd think the park didn't care about their sky ride, and you know what, I'd be correct.

Six Flags management, heck the SFGAdv management, should look at one of the Cedar Point web cams. The one that shows the sky ride operating with cars in a rainbow of different, beaming, happy colors. Showing life.

Don't get me wrong - I enjoy SFGAdv very much. That's why I care about even typing this stuff.

- J

+0
Saturday, August 26, 2006 1:48 AM
Aren't the towers from a sky ride at the worlds fair in NY in the 60's? Anything Worlds fair looks flat out creepy
+0
Saturday, August 26, 2006 3:18 PM

ErinGoBraugh said:
'Accident'? 'Scuse me?

'She might be getting things confused.'

'She' is not getting things confused. I know what a sky ride is. I grew up alternating between Hershey Park and Kings Dominion every summer since I was 3. That was probably before you were born. But that's beside the point.

I went to SFGAdv on June 11th and also on August 24th - no Sky Ride operation. No signs of anything ever happening around Sky Ride, either. no people, no staff, no life, no anything. No maintenance, no indication that anything had, was, or would ever happen around the sky ride. No signs, at the sky ride, saying that the sky ride was closed for the day, or temporarily closed. Yeah, maybe they had a little sign off to the side, at the entrance to the park, listing sky ride as being one of the attractions being closed. Big Friggin Deal.

Even the Buckaneer had a sign in front of it saying it was temporarily closed.

When a ride doesn't even have the courtesy of a sign in front of it saying it is closed, gives a strong signal that the park ceases to care who or what knows that the ride is closed.

Maybe I'm holding higher standards than should be reasonable these days and in the year 2006, but when I was growing up heading out to KD, the Sky Ride was always operating. Lights were on, Staff was there, Paint was in a state indicating that the system was being used. Maybe it's too much to consider that parks or even park guests consider the sky ride to be a central aspect of a park. It's only a huge structure spanning a significant area of a park, and should be kept presentable and looking 'alive.' The one at SFGAdv does not look alive. It looks neglected.

The cars, too, look pathetic. Two colors. The park could show a little interest. Get them painted different colors to light up the sky in a rainbow of colors. How friggin boring to have the cars on two colors. If I was a kid, I'd think the park didn't care about their sky ride, and you know what, I'd be correct.

Six Flags management, heck the SFGAdv management, should look at one of the Cedar Point web cams. The one that shows the sky ride operating with cars in a rainbow of different, beaming, happy colors. Showing life.

Don't get me wrong - I enjoy SFGAdv very much. That's why I care about even typing this stuff.

- J


I was referring to the Chiller maam, not the skyride ;)

Uppity much?

+0
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 2:47 AM
I do believe the hardware for this ride came from the amusements section of the '64-65 New York World's Fair, but my books about the fair are not here with me. It'd be a shame to see it vanish since so much from the fair has disappeared in the last ten years.
+0
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 12:19 AM
This is kind of off topic, but I actually wrote a letter to Gadv management about the pros/cons of my June 2006 trip. A large part of that letter involved how thrilled I was to ride Chiller: Batman, how my party loved it, marathoned it, best ride of the day, etc. I hope that somebody reads it who cares because Chiller is the best ride there IMO. I have not ridden El Toro yet so I'm not including that.

*** Edited 8/30/2006 4:19:51 AM UTC by Willh51***

+0

You must be logged in to post

POP Forums - ©2018, POP World Media, LLC
Loading...