Which SF Park has the tallest Ferris Wheel?

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 5:30 PM
I was curious as to which SF Park has the houghest Ferris wheel.

I was look at pictures on Americascoasters.com and it looks like Darien Lake has a pretty big ferris wheel.

Just curious...

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 5:37 PM
Well acording to Sixflags.com the Giant Wheel at SFDL is 165 ft. tall. They also claim it's the second tallest wheel in the country. Collosus at SFStL is 180 ft. tall according to the same site. Didn't know that was the tallest and I don't 100% trust the site. But Collosus is indeed the tallest wheel I've personally been on.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 5:40 PM
I thought Darien Lake's wheel is the 2nd tallest in the country while New England's was actually the tallest by maybe 5 feet or so.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 5:43 PM
Well again using Sixflags.com as a reference, they list Colossus at SFNE at 150 ft. That's 30 ft. shy of Colossus at SFStL.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 6:13 PM
I believe all the Vekoma Giant Wheels in the States (at least those at SFKK, SFDL, SFNE, and Navy Pier) are all the same size at 150'.

-Nate *** Edited 4/14/2004 10:14:12 PM UTC by coasterdude318***

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 6:15 PM
I believe the Eye of London still holds the tallest.

Don't think it's in a park though

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 6:17 PM
Great Adventure's Big Wheel is also 150ft tall. What ever happened to Philias (sp?) Phogg's balloon ride? At that time Great adventure was the only park I know with two ferris wheel rides.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 7:09 PM
Not to sound trivial but, Colossus at SFSTL is actually 184ft.
Thursday, April 15, 2004 11:29 AM
The newer Vekoma wheels stand 158 ft tall and can be found at SFKK, SFDL and Navy Pier. SFNE has an earlier model that is slighty shorter at 150 ft. At 184 feet SFSL's Colossus is most likely the tallest wheel at a Six Flags Park, or any North American theme park for that matter.

For the record, the tallest wheel in North America is still the Texas Star at Fair Park in Dallas at 212 feet. It only operates during the State Fair of Texas.

*** Edited 4/15/2004 4:12:53 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***

Thursday, April 15, 2004 11:59 AM
I was *pretty sure* SFStL's was taller than most....it sure seemed to be real tall....the bummer about their wheel is that the "cages" prevented even a single decent photo opportunity...:(
Thursday, April 15, 2004 2:11 PM
Well SFA's ferris wheel won't be a record breaker...let alone a tie breaker with most of the SF wheels.

It's only gonna measure 120 ft tall when & if it is ever built.

Thursday, April 15, 2004 9:07 PM
Here is a neat history lesson, although it might not exactly pertain to the topic. The Collosus at Six Flags St. Louis was modeled after the Ferris Wheel that operated at the 1904 World's Fair in St.Louis which was 265 feet tall. This would dwarf any of the other wheels if it were still in operation. To get an idea of the size of it, the axle was 40 feet long and weighed 70 tons (which may still be burried in Forest Park). Each car was the size of a city bus. Too bad Ferris Wheels are not more popular, or we might see a replica of that behemoth.
Thursday, April 15, 2004 9:15 PM
How was the wheel at SFStL "modeled" on the Worlds Fair wheel more than any other traditionally-built Ferris wheel?


Thursday, April 15, 2004 9:38 PM
How do the wheels at Indiana Beach and Cedar Point compare to the Six Flags wheels ?
Thursday, April 15, 2004 9:54 PM
Lonnol, what I meant by saying "modeled after" was that it is a tribute to the wheel that operated at the World's Fair. Yes, of course all wheels are modeled after the original wheel built by Ferris. *** Edited 4/16/2004 1:56:55 AM UTC by CoasterMatt***
Thursday, April 15, 2004 10:05 PM
According to Virtual Midway, the Giant Wheel at CP is a 150' Schwarzkopf model.
Thursday, April 15, 2004 10:27 PM
The IB wheel is a standard Chance Giant Wheel and is 90 ft.


Friday, April 16, 2004 10:21 AM
Not the tallest, but SFGAdv's Schwarzkopf-built wheel was once a record-holder at about 150 feet or so. I'm pretty sure that Vekoma Giant Wheels are bit taller, though.

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