Rumors that the SkyScreamer attraction at Six Flags St Louis could be closed for the rest of 2011 have been scotched, with the ride reportedly set to reopen imminently.
Screamscape, which posted the original rumors, now reports that the spinning tower ride is likely to reopen within a week. This could trigger the reopening of the SkyScreamer ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, which was closed as a precaution after an incident in early-morning testing affected the St Louis version.
The Six Flags St Louis website currently states that SkyScreamer is "temporarily closed", giving no specific reopening date. Its return to action will be a relief for the park, which has been without its headline attraction at the height of the summer season.
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 had suggested that the counterweight that balances the ride vehicle dropped suddenly to the base of the tower in the incident, causing the ride carriage to rise to the top. However, the extent of the damage caused appears to have been exaggerated.
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".