Members, Sign In. Not a member? Sign Up

Ultimate Rollercoaster

Ultimate Rollercoaster > Discussion Forums > Roller Coasters, Parks & Attractions > Double Ferris Wheel park locations.

Double Ferris Wheel park locations.

Raptor Timmy

Posted:
3/31/00 at
4:15:38 PM

I am looking for parks with this unfortunately increasing rear ride. As far as I know there are only three, one at Lake Winnepesaukah, one at La Feria in Mexico City and one in Ocean City, Maryland. Anyone know if there are any more or if these rides are still there. The double ferris wheel or its correct name Sky Wheel has been a favorite of mine for over 30 years. I grew up riding at our local fair and at Cedar Point where it was located just inside the park gates. Well in the eighties the Sky Wheel was retired from CP {and replaced by nothing} and my fair switched ride companies so it was increasingly difficult to find this ride. In 1999 my fair switched ride companies and the SKy Wheel returned but because of the companies no single rider policy I only got to ride it once but it was great to ride it after all these years. It is amazing on how many people won't ride this ride. I think it is the best ferris wheel ride out there.

Re: Double Ferris Wheel park locations. by Masher at 3/31/00 5:04:26 PM

Hi Raptor Timmy,

Gosh almighty I couldn't agree more with your sentiments on the OUTSTANDING ride!

I visited Rocky Point in Warwick RI back in the early eighties and this ride was the highlight of the park for me. Unfortunatly I havn't seen *ANY* more since:( As a double bummer Rocky point closed in the mid 90's:-(

However, "For the benifit of anyone who hasn't experienced this I have included a URL to Rocky Points tribute site. Look towards the bootom of the page:)

Double Wheel picture

An even better picture by Masher at 3/31/00 6:23:51 PM

http://members.aol.com/interama/wheel03.htm

Re: Double Ferris Wheel park locations. by Steven Wilson at 4/1/00 3:37:47 AM

> I am looking for parks with this
> unfortunately increasing rear ride. As far
> as I know there are only three, one at Lake
> Winnepesaukah, one at La Feria in Mexico
> City and one in Ocean City, Maryland. Anyone
> know if there are any more or if these rides
> are still there. The double ferris wheel or
> its correct name Sky Wheel has been a
> favorite of mine for over 30 years. I grew
> up riding at our local fair and at Cedar
> Point where it was located just inside the
> park gates. Well in the eighties the Sky
> Wheel was retired from CP {and replaced by
> nothing} and my fair switched ride companies
> so it was increasingly difficult to find
> this ride. In 1999 my fair switched ride
> companies and the SKy Wheel returned but
> because of the companies no single rider
> policy I only got to ride it once but it was
> great to ride it after all these years. It
> is amazing on how many people won't ride
> this ride. I think it is the best ferris
> wheel ride out there.

I agree that the Sky Wheel is an awesome ride. It's one of my all-time favorites. I am not aware of any permanent Sky Wheel installations at any parks besides those you have mentioned. At the end of the 1999 season, it was reported on rec.roller-coaster that Lake Winnie removed theirs. I'm really sad to see this ride continue to disappear.

P.S. to Masher: thanks for plugging my photo of a Sky Wheel at the State Fair of Oklahoma!

Steven

Re: Double Ferris Wheel park locations. by peaceandchaos at 5/6/14 2:22:42 PM
Don't think the Ocean City, MD one is still there - but the Iowa State Fair has one! It's in Des Moines, IA, and the double Ferris Wheel is there every year (this is posted 5/2014)
Re: Double Ferris Wheel park locations. by MABrider MABrider Profile at 5/7/14 7:28:14 PM
Ah, the "Erector Set" wheel.
Don't I wish!

I'd ridden the ones many, many years ago at Revere Beach, MA and at the Rochester, NH fair, as a teen (I'm now a 61 year OCF).

Fast forward to not all that long ago, and when I discovered FunSpot Kissimmee had one (2008), I knew I had to make a stop there someday just for that. Which I finally did, a few years back. It is no longer there, however, probably because as previously mentioned people in general just did not want to ride it. I mean, what, were people scared to ride? Who woulda thunk it!
We had to literally search for a ride op to let us on it during our visit. The link below is not my video, but see how there is no one else on either wheel. No ride survives for long when that becomes the norm.

Double Wheel at FunSpot , Kissimmee, FL

Mike B.
Re: Double Ferris Wheel park locations. by peaceandchaos at 5/7/14 7:53:04 PM
It's a shame too, because the double Ferris wheel is the SCARIEST RIDE IN THE WORLD! Roller coasters and such cannot compare!
Re: Double Ferris Wheel park locations. by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/8/14 1:47:03 AM
I rode it at my local fair (Jacksonville Agricultural Fair) some years ago. It's no longer there, as the fair changed amusement companies, with a different midway.

The Skywheel definitely has an unique experience to it, which IMO makes it more fun than any ferris wheel I've ridden, maybe outside of the Wonder Wheel.

Re: Double Ferris Wheel park locations. by MABrider MABrider Profile at 5/8/14 1:16:34 PM
peaceandchaos said:

It's a shame too, because the double Ferris wheel is the SCARIEST RIDE IN THE WORLD! Roller coasters and such cannot compare!

LOL, this made me realize I didn't put in my thoughts on the ride in my original reply above.

Were these scary? A bit, yes, the visual of it alone probably caused more fear in many than the ride experience.
But what a hoot said experience was.
Such fun, and I wish for some company to come up with a more "stout" looking version so long as the same ride experience is had.
I'll be ashes by the time that happens, most likely.

Mike B.
Re: Double Ferris Wheel park locations. by Performa at 5/17/14 1:40:56 AM
Man, it is a shame to hear these things are getting harder to find. They had one at the Marathon County Fair a few years ago, but I couldn't say which year in particular. But I suppose the decline is understandable- it's not a small or easy ride to haul from show to show for the shows, and if it's not profitable in a park setting, then it's bound to close for good.

I am surprised that the Skywheel is more endangered than some rides like the "Zipper" or "Sky Diver" though.