Six Flags St Louis has revealed that it will open a 236-feet-tall tower ride in 2011, naming the new addition SkyScreamer.
The new ride will be a Funtime StarFlyer, a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction. Riders will swing in a 98-foot circle around a central tower, reaching speeds of over 43 miles per hour while taking in panoramic views of the park and its surroundings.
Located near the Screamin' Eagle rollercoaster, SkyScreamer will become the tallest ride at Six Flags St Louis. Similar attractions are in place all over the world, including a 384-feet-tall version at Prater Park in Vienna.
SkyScreamer bears a striking resemblance to the four WindSeeker attractions which are due to open at Cedar Fair parks next summer. Indeed, Funtime claims that the Cedar Fair rides (manufactured by Dutch firm Mondial) infringe on its patents, and has threatened legal proceedings against the chain. Both models see riders swinging around a central tower, though Mondial's version uses hinged steel arms to hold the ride seats rather than the chains employed by the Funtime ride.
Six Flags St Louis last introduced a major attraction in 2008, when the Evel Knievel GCI wooden twister coaster was opened in the 1904 World's Fair area of the park.
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