Six Flags Great Adventure's Condor was one of the first of three of the Huss production model rides to appear in the United States in 1988. The ride model was introduced several years earlier at the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair, where was called the Cyclo Tower. It remained closed most of the fair due to operational difficulties but after four years of additional engineering work, was finally put into production as The Condor. The ride design utilized components of other Huss rides, with the gondola wheel assemblies being a variant of the Troika assemblies.
Six Flags purchased two of the rides, which were originally planned to be part of the "ride rotation program" where it would spend a season in a park, and then move on to another, so each park could have a constant supply of "new" attractions at a reduced cost.
The Condor was
introduced in 1988 as part of the parks focus on family attractions,
along with Bugs Bunny Land.
The Condor offered great family thrills, where children could ride with parents and feel safe, but still have a first thrilling "grown-up" ride which offered height and speed.
100 foot tower offered riders great views of the park and the lake, as
the ride cycle alternated between fast and slow rotations, with the
thrills of the height accentuated by the tilting motion of the ride
pods. At the top of the tower, the rotation would slow,
giving riders a chance to take in the view from above before
accelerating again as the mechanism descended the tower back to the
evident from the lighting package installed on the ride that the Condor
would be removed to other Six Flags parks in the future.
While one of the huge ride-top “Condor” signs greeted guests on
the park side of the tower, another sign on the opposite side glowed and
flickered to the lake and wooded area where no guests would ever see it.
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|Two of the park issued buttons
from 1988. The "Capture the Condor" button was given to all
employees to wear as part of their uniforms.
The "I Captured the Condor" button was issued as part of the media kit, and also given away in the park to some of the first riders.
|Calypso||Condor||Remote control boats|
|At Six Flags Great Adventure in 1988||At Six Flags Great America in 2007|