Near Roaring Rapids

None

Low Thrill

No Restraints


Statistics

• Opened: 1969

• Type: Observation Tower

• Height: 300 Feet 

• Ride Manufacturer: Intamin

• Ride Color: International Orange


Ride History

2000

• Oil Derrick is open to the public after 2 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.


Did You Know?

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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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