Information
Tower
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Statistics
Opened: 1969
Ride Type: Observation Tower
Ride Height: 300 Feet
Ride Manufacturer: Intamin
Ride Color: International Orange

History
2000
Oil Derrick is open to the public after two years of elevator rehab.

2001
Oil Derrick receives paint job - International Orange, the same color used on the Golden Gate Bridge.

2018
Oil Derrick receives paint job - International Orange.
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Tower Slides

When Oil Derrick opened in 1969, it featured a 12-lane covered slide. The slides connected to the Oil Derrick's first level at approximately 47 feet tall.

The slide feature only lasted until 1975 when it was disassembled from the side of the Oil Derrick structure.

Today, all that is left is the railing and platform from the slides.

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Special Events

For many years, Oil Derrick was used as a primary decoration point for both Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.

In the early years of Fright Fest, a huge inflatable gorilla could be seen climbing up the side of the Oil Derrick. The gorilla was eventually replaced by a spider that had the same effect. In recent years, Oil Derrick has not had any Fright Fest decor but the ride has stayed operational instead of being closed.

For Holiday in the Park, Oil Derrick sports a huge star that sits in front of it's observation decks. After the removal of Texas Chute Out, Oil Derrick took on the job of also dressing up like a light strand Christmas tree.


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