Yep, it's true. Knott's Berry Farm has reopened the Sky Cabin, an attraction that had been closed for years....an attraction that at one time, had been slated for demolition.
When Knott's opened the Airfield section of the Roaring 20's area in 1976, the Sky Cabin's tower was not only the tallest attraction at Knott's, but it was also the tallest structure in all of Orange County.
Of course the Sky Jump/Parachute part of the tower was removed some time ago. Fortunately, Cedar Fair changed it's original plans to tear down the rest of the tower and replace it with the new Windseeker attraction. Windseeker ended up being built elsewhere in the park and the tower was spared.
Work had been going on for some time on the Sky Cabin. I did a post back in September showing some test runs of the attraction with all of it's windows missing. Well as the months passed, I had started to wonder if it ever would reopen. In fact, after fellow blogger Outsidetheberm told me that he believed the attraction had a soft opening around Christmas, I called the park just to confirm that it would be open before making the trip over there. I spoke with someone in Guest Relations that assured me that not only was the attraction NOT open, but this particular employee told me that it would NEVER open again.....EVER. I asked if that was a fairly recent decision and she responded by saying that it hadn't been operating for years. I was determined to get more information from this person, so I politely mentioned that I had seen some testing being done on it in the Fall and that it looked like the windows were being replaced. She said she knew nothing about that and only that she had been told that it would not be reopening....EVER! Nice! So I ended up going to the park a few days later to see for myself whether or not it was operating.
When I got to the entrance of the Sky Cabin, I saw that the metal chain that had hung across it for years was gone. But where was everyone? Nobody was entering the queue and nobody was exiting it either...and there were no employees to be found in the area. You can see in the photo below that the new windows are tinted (actually it's a plexiglass panel placed over the glass on the interior that has the dark tint), so I couldn't see if anyone was inside the cabin. Just as I approached, it started to rise up the tower.
I went ahead and entered the queue, but as I walked up the stairs I realized there was nobody at the loading area.
It was kind of creepy.
This old rusty sign did say to wait for the operator, but the area just seemed so abandoned, I was kind of waiting for someone to come and tell me that I wasn't supposed to be in there and that they were still just testing it.
Finally, the Cabin started to come back down.......
When it reached the bottom, the doors opened and surprise.....it was full of guests!
At this point, a few people had started to line-up behind me. Now we just had to wait for the employee to do a walk-around of the cabin before letting us board.
And now we're ready to ride....well, once they close the doors!
The control panel looks kind of new. Whatever you do, don't pull that plug on the lower left! Actually, I don't remember what that went to. It might have been one of the air conditioning units.
Here we go! We are passing above Boomerang. Gee, why didn't they just leave the historic Corkscrew Roller Coaster where it was?
Now we're looking down on the entrance to Xcelerator and the neighboring souvenir shop and bathrooms. This is the former location of the old Cycle Chase/Wacky Soap Box Racers attraction.
This is Coasters Drive-In which replaced the old Airfield Eatery/Captain Kelly's restaurant.
And this is Wipeout which is similar to the Fiesta Wheel that used to be located in Fiesta Village.
Now we are a little bit higher above Xcelerator.
Sorry....I'm going to leave you "hanging" here for right now, but please check back in a couple days for more aerial views of Knott's (and Buena Park) in Part 2!
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