At first glance, the Sky Diver looks like a plain Ferris wheel. But when you get up close, you realize there is a lot more to this ride than meets the eye. The Sky Diver is based on a Ferris wheel design, but passengers sit in cages similar to the Zipper. The cages are mounted on an axle that allows the cars to spin like a barrel roll.
The best part? There’s a wheel in the cage so you, or your co-pilot, can control how fast you spin. To see this technique in action, check out the video below. (My favorite example is at 3:04).
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This is one of several rides making its first trip to the N.C. State Fair. Powers Great American Midways, our midway provider since 2006, also will bring:
- Magic Maze Glass House: Children will enjoy this two-story house of glass, especially the slide.
- Looney Lagoon: Hop in a wooden tub and take the ride of your life in this family friendly pirate-themed coaster.
- Crazy Chopper: You’ve been cleared for takeoff in this zany helicopter ride.
- Cyclone Tunnel: You may want to hold off on the deep-fried goodies until after you go through this vertigo-inducing chamber.
With more than 100 rides, North Carolina has the largest fair midway in the country. There’s a ride for almost everyone, whether you like a peaceful rotation on the Merrie-Go-Round or a scream-enducing spin on the Twister.
Now’s the time to buy your ride tickets and take advantage of discounted prices. Discount tickets are available online now through Oct. 13. Walk-up locations open Thursday at multiple retail locations.
Ride sheets can be purchased in advance for $10 for a sheet of 18 tickets. At the door, ride tickets are $1 per ticket. Ultimate thrill seekers will want to come to the fair Preview Day Thursday, Oct. 13, for unlimited-ride wristbands. For more information, including a complete schedule of events and show times, or to buy fair tickets, go to www.ncstatefair.org.
We’d love to hear from you. What’s your favorite ride at the fair?