Six Flags St Louis will open its new SkyScreamer tower ride on May 14, 2011, and is offering a limited number of guests the chance to preview the ride two days earlier.
The park has revealed via its official Facebook page that the first 1000 guests to enter the park on May 12 will be able to ride SkySceamer early. Entry to the park on the day will be free as all other rides will be closed, and guests must arrive prior to 11am to qualify for a ride on SkyScreamer.
Standing at 236 feet tall, SkyScreamer is 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.
The new ride is a Funtime StarFlyer, and 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 in 2011. 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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