Gyro tower

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Gyro tower in the Heide Park
Gyro tower Holsteinturm in Hansa-Park, Sierksdorf, Schleswig-Holstein

A gyro tower, or panoramic tower, is a revolving observation tower with a vertical moving platform. A gyro tower's observation deck is not simply raised to provide its passengers a spectacular view, it is also rotated around the supporting mast, either once in the raised position or while traveling up and down the center mast.

Gyro towers are seldom part of funfairs but can be found more often in permanent amusement parks. A well-known American gyro tower is the Kissing Tower at Hersheypark.

A special gyro tower is the Space Tower atop the Euromast in Rotterdam. It may be the only gyro tower standing on a roof of a structure and not on the ground.

Notable gyro towers[edit]


  • Space Spiral, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio U.S., (Demolished September 12, 2012)[1]
  • Skyscraper, Geauga Lake, Aurora, Ohio U.S., (Dismantled in July 2009, turned to scrap)
  • Polo Tower, Morecambe, United Kingdom (Disused from 1999, passenger car removed in 2008. Demolished June 2017)
  • Space Needle, Main Street Pier, Daytona Beach, Florida U.S., (On the beach, dismantled September 2012)
  • Astro Needle, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S., (dismantled mid-1980s)
  • Falls Tower, Niagara Falls, Clifton Hills, Canada (dismantled November 2006)
  • Fun Pier Sky Tower Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S., (dismantled 2009)
  • Sky Tower, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Central Pier, (dismantled November 1989)[2]
  • Astroneedle, Six Flags Astroworld, Houston, Texas U.S., (Dismantled in 2000)
  • Panoramic, Plopsaland, Belgium (Closed 2009)
  • Sky Tower, Marineland of the Pacific, Palos Verdes, California U.S. (closed 1987, dismantled September 1995)
  • Astrotower, Astroland, New York, U.S. (disused from 2010, being shortened due to structural concerns, 2013)
  • Space Needle State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. (closed 2010 after flood damaged electrical system)
  • Totem Tower, Fort Dells later Dells Crossroads, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. (opened June 1st, 1966, 4th ride of this kind in US, 7th in the world, 335ft tall. Park closed permanently in 1990, tower auctioned sometime before 1997 to a private party)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Haidet, Ryan (September 13, 2012). "Space Spiral demolished". WKYC. Archived from the original on December 8, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Johnston, David (November 5, 1989). "Sky Tower is Blasted Into History". Retrieved September 15, 2012.

External links[edit]

  1. Malacca Taming Sari - First gyro tower in Malaysia | Virtual Malaysia