The SkyScreamer ride at Six Flags St Louis is reportedly set to remain closed for the rest of 2011, leaving the park without its headline new addition for much of the season.
Screamscape reports the rumor, which has yet to be confirmed by the park, claiming that damage caused by a malfunction during a routine test will not be repaired in time for the ride to reopen this year. At present, the Six Flags St Louis website simply states that SkyScreamer is "temporarily closed", giving no date for its return to operations.
SkyScreamer is a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction, and sees riders swinging in a 98-foot circle around a central tower. Rumors suggest that the counterweight that balances the ride vehicle dropped suddenly to the base of the tower, causing the ride carriage to rise to the top and resulting in serious damage.
The SkyScreamer attraction at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, which also opened this year, remains closed as a result of the incident at Six Flags St Louis. If the rumors are accurate, it is likely to remain out of action until the cause of the malfunction can be identified and fixed.
Riders on both SkyScreamers reach a top of speed of over 43 miles per hour, and are able to take in panoramic views of the parks and their surroundings. Guests are seated in 2-seater swings, each of which provides a "front row seat". A video of SkyScreamer in action at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is embedded below:
The closure of the rides is a blow to Six Flags St Louis and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, leaving both parks without their headline new attractions at the height of the summer season.