Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • 29yrswithaGApass

      Important Log-In Info for Existing Members   09/11/2017

      Recently our Forums and Galleries were updated.  If you are an existing member please be sure to use your DISPLAY NAME to log in.  Your DISPLAY NAME is the name that other members and guests see on the forums.  The prior version had both LOG-IN NAME and DISPLAY NAME.  LOG-IN NAME is no longer used on the new version of the forums.  Your password hasn't changed.
    • 29yrswithaGApass

      RECENT SITE UPDATES   11/03/2017

                                                   
29yrswithaGApass

Skyride - UPDATED SPOTLIGHT!

Recommended Posts

I don't think the "A" side has opened yet this season. They were waiting on cars to come back from the paint shop.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ya i got a crappy pic of it, i noticed at last min, but each car has its corrisponding m&m decal on the sides, looks real good!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I ran into somebody out here who is from Keansburg who went to the 1964 World Fair in New York. He was talking about going on the skyride back then. I told him that it's still around today at GA. He went to GA when it first opened and rode it there, but he had no idea it was the same ride. A true landmark!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i work this ride everyday, im sure you seen me, i just cant beleive how this ride has changed over the years, i love riding this ride :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I work the Cables, although I was only trained for it mid-season when they were snatching attendants from other rides (my home ride was El Toro, then I became a regular team member at Green Lantern for a few months before being requested for training in the Loop, after which a full-time supervisor asked if I would be willing to get trained to work full-time at either the Lakefront or the Cables) . Since then, I'm here so often that it's essentially become my home ride, although there are some week(ends now that we're in late September/October) where I'm either in the Loop or at Green Lantern instead, depending on where I'm needed most.

 

I've had a great deal of fun over at the Cables, though. My co-workers are really fantastic people and the interaction at Western is probably some of the best I've had between team members. Our supervisors - Dave, just a fun, laid-back guy who I've never had any issues with - and Eric G., who has been working at the Cables so long that it's impossible not to learn something from him or admire how comfortable he is with the ride - are also top-notch, although I've been fortunate enough to have had generally great supervisors throughout this season.

Edited by SwedishSkinJer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I noticed this while checking out the details in an aerial photo. Check out the guests waiting upstairs for the Skyride! This was prior to the queue bars being added at ground level.

 

gallery_2_579_396123.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like that setup better, there would be shade while waiting for the ride and it would be more fun to wait in the fort rather than the switchbacks outside that are there now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In addition to different upper supports, I think this may be further proof that the Skyride's columns did not come from the World's Fair. The bases of the columns at the Fair were not solid but instead open air.

 

gallery_2_413_125059.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I noticed this while checking out the details in an aerial photo. Check out the guests waiting upstairs for the Skyride! This was prior to the queue bars being added at ground level.

 

gallery_2_579_396123.jpg

Well yes and no. The que bars at ground level inside the Fort was a small series of switch backs. 3 or 4 then up the stair to the next set seen in the picture. As a mater of fact the exit was down the front towers and out the front of the fort along the walk. And under the mine train brake area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those two lane mid-level queues still exist today and even feature the original queue bars.

 

I have never seen any photos or video of guests exiting out of the front of the Fort. Looking at the layout I can't picture how they did that given the limited space.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those two lane mid-level queues still exist today and even feature the original queue bars.

 

I have never seen any photos or video of guests exiting out of the front of the Fort. Looking at the layout I can't picture how they did that given the limited space.

We catch the tubs and empty them out and the opening was on the right which lead to the door and down the steps. Load the the tub in the center of the rail. lock the door. and send them on thier way. The ride was manual then. ANd you had to wait to release it . which you had to wait till the tub reached the first tower.

Edited by FlumeOp1974

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found this picture of the skyride at the worlds fair and only one side is open, running less cars then i have ever seen!

 

gallery_2081_828_227361.png

Edited by gasmspiritblue

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow i really love the updated spotlight! I really like how you guys divided the sections, it helps allot! Amazing job guys!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It was six years since we first did this one (hard to believe) and with so many new photos we thought the sections would help make things easier to go through.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow look at these pictures i found of the sky ride at the worlds fair!

NYWF-10_64-SkyRideStation.jpgNYWF-10-64-SkyRideB.jpg

Edited by gasmspiritblue

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing that has always baffled me is that the Fort station of the Sky Ride is so massive and incredible and yet the other end (near Skull Mountain) is so simple and basic. I know the builders of the park started to run out of money the further down Dream Street they built, but that station has always been bare bones.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I always thought that the Dream Street Station should be outfitted with the same fanciful lighting design/ arches of Gingerbread Fancy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I seem to remember renderings of it with those arches, though they never materialized.

 

I have to wonder if along with the ride, the structure was recycled from the NYWF or Freedomland? I haven't been able to find pictures, but I would imagine that the Satellite City end of Freedomland's Skyride probably looked a lot like the Dream Street station. Not that there's much to it, but I could easily see them recycling anything they could to save time and money.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Amazing that it's almost time for the 40th birthday/anniversary of GA. Almost positive the Sky Ride was the first ride I went on when I went there in 1974. Love some of the old-time photos you recently added. One of the most significant rides in the park's history.

 

By the way, will you be doing a 40-year collage of the park's history in July?

 

The web site looks fantastic. Keep up the good work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing that has always baffled me is that the Fort station of the Sky Ride is so massive and incredible and yet the other end (near Skull Mountain) is so simple and basic. I know the builders of the park started to run out of money the further down Dream Street they built, but that station has always been bare bones.

 

I found out an interesting piece of information. The Dream Street station of the Sky Ride was definitely suppose to receive a healthy amount of dressings to make it elaborate. However, the station's "frills" (as the park referred to it) had to be cut from the project because the money was redirected to reconfigure the station's concrete approaches (for the incoming and outgoing cars) after it was discovered they were installed too high.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×