Great America Rides – The Best Of Years Gone By

Great AmericaGreat America rides such as Invertigo and The Edge may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean they are forgotten! Since the park opened in 1976 many rides have come and gone for various reasons, even some of the most popular ones. If you have never been to this park in Santa Clara, California then you may recognise it from movies such as Getting Even With Dad or even Beverly Hills Cop III which was filmed there in 1994, making the Sky Whirl famous.

Let’s take a look at some of the great rides that are no longer at the park….

Invertigo 1998 – 2011

Invertigo was a shuttle roller coaster that resided at California’s Great America up until 2011 when it was removed and taken to Dorney Park after a new paint job.

Great America Rides - Invertigo

Yankee Clipper 1976 – 1998

The Yankee Clipper was a super flume ride that soon established itself as one of the most popular rides in the park. It was built on a grand scale but had to be removed to make way for Stealth.

Yankee Clipper

Great America Rides – The Best Of Years Gone By

Tidal Wave / Greased Lightnin’ 1977 – 1998

Tidal Wave was was a shuttle loop roller coaster that opened in in 1977 which could reach speeds of up to 60 MPH. In 1998 it got repainted and re-branded as Greased Lightnin’ and lasted until 2002 when it finally closed down for good and was moved on to various other parks.

Tidal Wave

The Edge 1983 – 1995

The Edge made its debut in 1983 and was a major attraction that didn’t get integrated into the theme of the surrounding area. This freefall ride gave a brief, yet intense ride experience.

In 1995 after 12 years in the park The Edge closed its doors for the final time.

The Edge

Sky Whirl 1976 – 1997

Sky Whirl opened in 1976, it resembled a tree with three arms each supporting 12 carts which were spinning while the third wheel was on the ground.

It 1994 the ride was re-named Triple Wheel before finally closing its doors in 1997. However, it was its major role in Beverley Hills Cop III that most people will remember it for.

Sky Whirl

Stealth 2000 – 2003

In 1999, Great America announced Stealth as “the world’s first true flying coaster”. The ride opened in 2000 but was to close in 2003 to make way for a new water park called Boomerang Bay.


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