San Diego Zoo - Skyfari

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San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:32 PM »
Skyfari



The Skyfari is an aerial tram that takes guests on a one-way trip from Discovery Outpost to the very back of the park... the area called the Northern Frontier. Or, of course, you can do the opposite and ride the sky tram from the back to the front of the park. The ride was built in 1969 at a price of $2 million dollars, and was very much needed as it was such a trek to get to the back end of the park by foot.



The entrance station in the Discovery Outpost section is built at the base of a small lagoon.



The lagoon is home to the South American Black-necked Swan.



A variety of brightly colored birds are painted on each gondola.



The gondola leaves the station on its air born trip to the far side of the park.






The Skyfari gives guests a great aerial view of the park. This is looking down at Front Street.



Below is the Front Street Cafe & Cantina, with the tip of the Reptile House in view at the very bottom of the screen.



Soaring over the treetops to a height of 190 ft.



The ride offers some great views of the surrounding Balboa Park. This is the California Tower and the Olde Globe Theatre below.



Passing over the Treehouse.



The Treehouse is an impressive structure housing eateries including an upscale, waitress-service restaurant.



The newest addition to the zoo's skyline is the Bashor Bridge, which spans from the Treehouse to the Elephant Odyssey section.



Now take a ride yourself on the San Diego Zoo's Skyfari.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2018, 05:35 PM by shyguy »
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Re: San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 09:33 PM »
Some really great views of the lush and varied vegetation in the park. :) This is a wonderful way to get terrific views and photos/videos of the zoo. Disney should take note. :mad:up:

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Re: San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 09:47 PM »
I don't know why Disney removed its sky rides in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at WDW. Speculation is simply because of the costs to maintain and upgrade it to new, stricter safety codes was more than they wanted to spend. But now they're building the Skyliner (gondola sky ride) at WDW to transport guests to and from several destinations within the resort. They're building this instead of another monorail line because it's cheaper. The bottom line in most of what Disney does is based on the almighty dollar.
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Re: San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2018, 06:56 AM »
I love the idea of a Skyfari! So neat and fun.

The Bronx Zoo in New York has a monorail safari which is also very awesome and fun.