In 1987 the ride was extended into the Skyrider and so the carts would have continued to stop at what would become Thunder Valley for the same purpose it was originally designed. There is some interesting facts about it under the past rides section.
I remember riding the Skyride in its first year of operation:
As you went into Thunder Valley station, the doors opened and the ride operators told you to stop in and ride all the way to Festival Park - you couldn't get out and walk back through the Gardens as you could with the old cable cars.
When the Thunder Looper opened the following year, it was the only ride in that part of the park - and I still miss it today![/quote]
Ah, so for 3 years the thunder valley station was pretty much unused?