May 3, 2016: The western hemisphere’s first Skyroller from Gerstlauer Amusement Rides has opened. Skyhawk at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughn Ontario, Canada debuted to the media on April 21st to rave reviews and the park’s season pass holders on April 29th. The ride, which stands 135 feet (41 meters) tall serves as the new gateway to the park’s Action Zone and has captured the attention of both riders and onlookers.
24 passengers board the individual seats on the Skyroller and are taken high above the park. After the ride starts the vehicles quickly unlock and the ride accelerates. As it gains speed the wind runs over the wings and guests can do barrel rolls through the sky.
What makes this attraction different from so many other flat rides is the interactivity. “Skyhawk offers riders the ability to control their own experience,” said Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer for Ride Entertainment. “Once the ride sequence starts guests move the wings to affect the airflow around the ride. They can flip over 75 times or not at all- riders are completely in control. The Skyroller is part of a new generation of interactive attractions that allow the rider to control their experience.”
“This has been a great project for Gerstlauer. Canada’s Wonderland and Cedar Fair have been great partners and we are thrilled to have the first Skyroller open in North America. In a park full of great thrill rides Skyhawk holds its own and really makes an impact,” said Siegfried Gerstlauer, the Managing Director of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides. The Sky Roller is part of Gerstlauer’s continuing effort to create flat rides that offer an interactive experience. The Sky Roller compliments the company’s Sky Fly attraction, both turn riders into pilots.
Skyhawk is one of two exciting attractions Canada’s Wonderland has added for its 35th anniversary season.
Height: 135 ft (41 m)
Top Speed: 11 rpm
Instant Capacity: 24
Rider Height Requirement: 48 in (1.22 m)