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Offline Discjo  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:30:02 AM(UTC)
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Just saw an ad for the fair that featured a Sky Wheel. Will it make an appearance and if so who is the owner? Didnt think Wade had one.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:05:11 AM(UTC)
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There is no Sky Wheel on Wade's posted South Florida ridelist.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 8, 2020 12:03:40 PM(UTC)
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Wade doesn't own one, at least not one on the road, I think he had two sitting at WQ though.

If he does have one in there it would be booked in I would assume. Big Rock could do it, Modern, or someone else.

He might be doing it, I think one year he booked Drew's Seattle Wheel in there didn't he, saw a picture somewhere of it. Maybe he is booking the Space Wheels, but not sure about that (I have no inside information, just guessing).
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#4 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 5:00:00 PM(UTC)
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Seems like I recall reading a few months ago that Frank Z. had both of the old Sky Wheels that were in his WQ taken to the scrap yard last year. I would guess if there is one at this fair it's booked in from Big Rock as he books Big Rock's at other events.
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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 9, 2020 7:26:27 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: william davis Go to Quoted Post
Seems like I recall reading a few months ago that Frank Z. had both of the old Sky Wheels that were in his WQ taken to the scrap yard last year. I would guess if there is one at this fair it's booked in from Big Rock as he books Big Rock's at other events.



Well if he did, that is a real shame, I mean keep one of them at least and the other for parts.

If the Sky Wheels ever do make a big come back one day then all these folks that sent them to the scrap yard are going to be kicking themselves...……..if he did do that.
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:22:18 PM(UTC)
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Skywheels are not going to be making a big comeback in this current climate.
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#7 Posted : Friday, January 17, 2020 2:01:03 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: JustinJames Go to Quoted Post
Skywheels are not going to be making a big comeback in this current climate.



if anyone would know it would be you. But what do you think are the factors:

To hard to move
No one to move it/capable of moving it
Expensive Maintenance
No interest from rides any longer?

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#8 Posted : Friday, January 17, 2020 11:45:22 AM(UTC)
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Skywheels are not going to be making a big comeback in this current climate.



Oh I know, just wishful thinking I guess, you know we need one down there at the museum at Gibtown. Maybe someone will donate one down the road.
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#9 Posted : Friday, January 17, 2020 11:49:03 AM(UTC)
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if anyone would know it would be you. But what do you think are the factors:

To hard to move
No one to move it/capable of moving it
Expensive Maintenance
No interest from rides any longer?

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I have heard the following:

Hard to find crews or folks who know how to move them.

Didn't always make money, more of a regional ride, so say in the south it didn't make money.

Slow loading and I don't think I have ever seen one fully loaded even when they had a line.

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#10 Posted : Sunday, January 19, 2020 3:09:20 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: thunderbolt85 Go to Quoted Post
I have heard the following:

Hard to find crews or folks who know how to move them.

Didn't always make money, more of a regional ride, so say in the south it didn't make money.

Slow loading and I don't think I have ever seen one fully loaded even when they had a line.



I've certainly seen it run full, but it's two trailers and pretty hard to move for the money it can win. Cycle times are too long and you not only have to have a decent guy to move it, but you also have to have a decent guy(s) to operate and maintain it. Combine that with what keeping it going, lit and compliant must cost and it's just not worth it.

Great ride and looks good on the midway (if maintained)

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