Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has confirmed that it will open SkyScreamer, a 150-feet-tall tower ride, in spring 2011.
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. A version of the attraction will also open at Six Flags St Louis in 2011, although it will be significantly taller at 236-feet.
Located in the Illinois area of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, SkyScreamer will share the title of tallest ride in the park with the Medusa rollercoaster. Similar attractions are in place all over the world, including a 384-feet-tall version at Prater Park in Vienna.
Six Flags' SkyScreamer attractions bear 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.
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