Skyride at SeaWorld San Diego
Skyride at SeaWorld San Diego. Courtesy of the theme park

SeaWorld San Diego‘s gondola ride has reopened following seven months of inspections and repairs after 16 people were trapped for nearly four hours in February.

“We’re very excited to reopen the Skyride, but before doing so, we were going to ensure it was back to working perfectly,” said Marilyn Hannes, the park’s president. “Skyride has been a guest favorite for more than 50 years, and I’m thrilled that we can once again open this ride, which for many visitors is a very nostalgic experience.”

On Feb. 18, the Skyride stopped when abnormally high winds in Mission Bay damaged a communication cable. Nine adults and seven children were stuck for nearly four hours.

SeaWorld said the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health confirmed that the stoppage was caused by an extreme gust of wind.

The park said Skyride’s manufacturer and state officials spent months in in a detailed inspection of the ride towers, gondolas, ride cables, grips, hangers, sheaves and drive motors. The communication cable was replaced and the ride went through extensive operational testing.

The Skyride opened at SeaWorld in 1967.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.