Sea World Has Its Ups…and Downs!

It had been 31 years since I took the trip to Orlando, FL to see Mickey Mouse and his compadres at Disney World.  And, back in 1984, I can say that I remember it being as Disney promotes – “The happiest place on earth”.  Fast forward to 2015, 42 years old, with a seven and four year old (niece and nephews) and 40,000 other “let’s get away from the real world for a moment” seekers I went.  And, all I can say is, well done Mr. Disney, well done.  And, just like a major city, among the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, there are still ways to take us higher…with laughs and giggles…and back down again…with shouts and screams (but for good, and fun, reasons).

On the fourth day we all went to Sea World. As someone who works in the vertical transportation industry, I noticed the Sky Tower immediately upon entering the park.


According to Sea World’s website, here is the latest information on this Tower:

Our 400-foot Sky Tower has stood as an icon for our park since we opened in 1973. Today the Sky Tower adds a dose of retro-cool to the day’s adventures. Get a seabird’s eye view of Orlando during this leisurely capsule ride, and take a load off as you plot the rest of your day in the park.

It does not mention a lot about the lift itself except:

-The ascent lasts 6 minutes 15 seconds

-You must be at least 48 inches tall to ride to the top

-It rotates 360 degrees for a brides-eye view of the park and Orlando.

And, if you really want to know, I did not ride the Sky Tower.  Not that I am afraid to do so, but time was not allowed.  After all, I did ride Manta and Kraken.  If you would like a virtual tour of this lift check below for the video.

And, another example of how the lift industry continues to be an integral part of our society.  Whether at home, on the road or on vacation, we rely, and expect, the world to take us higher and bring us back to reality once again.  Thankfully, we have our industry, and dedicated technicians, to accept this challenge and do so SAFELY.

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