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Waagner-Biro | Double and Triple Wheels

This is a special article about the history of Waagner-Biro’s double and triple wheels. For more information about Giant Wheel at Hersheypark see here and here

Waagner-Biro produced a new kind of Ferris Wheel in the 1970s through the 1980s that were twin or triplet wheels attached to a swivel bar to raise the wheel into the air. The first installation of a Waagner-Biro double wheel was in 1973 at Hersheypark, and their first installation of a triple wheel was in 1976 at California’s Great America (then called Marriott’s Great America). A second one opened at Six Flags Great America (then also called Marriott’s Great America) nine days later.

Sky Whirl [Paul B. Drabek]
Sky Whirl at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, 2000. Photo by Paul B. Drabek, CC BY-SA 3.0.
These wheels were sold by Intamin on Waagner-Biro’s behalf.

To read more about the double and triple wheels Waagner-Biro manufactured, click here.


Harry Michelson View All

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.

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