I’ve written about the Tip-Top, which was installed in 1966. Today, I’m going to write about the other ride installed that same year: Skyview. Skyview is a round-trip scenic ride, unlike the Sky Ride which connected Rhineland to what was supposed to be Minetown. (Sky Ride operated in the park from 1974-1991.)
Skyview was manufactured by Universal Design Limited. Universal Design was another company that Bill Tracey was affiliated with when he began a dark rides division in the company. That said, Universal Design was known for building monorails and tower rides (similar to Kissing Tower).
One of Universal Design’s monorails operates at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (Dutch Wonderland was owned by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts from 2001-2010.)
The construction of Skyview began in 1965; if you walk along Spring Creek by the Amphitheatre, you can see the year 1965 was printed into the concrete pillar for the turnaround for the ride. The ride has been repainted multiple times through the years, most recently in 2012.
When you consider what Skyview crossed over in 1966 versus what it crosses over today – in 1966, Lost River, in 2016, Great Bear, the view still provides an exciting look at the rides in operation. And even then, you can ride Skyview during Christmas Candylane – assuming it isn’t too cold, it provides a beautiful view of The Hollow whether it’s quieter or while the show N.O.E.L. is performing.
I have a wide variety of interests, from sports to politics, music to Star Trek. I write about the history of amusement parks on my website, The Amusement Parkives, which I founded in 2016.