Six Flags Great Adventure has begun previewing its new SkyScreamer spinning tower ride to season pass holders, ahead of its official opening date on May 23, 2012.
SkyScreamer is near-identical to its namesake rides at Six Flags St Louis and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, both of which opened in 2011. It offers a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction, with riders being lifted up to a maximum height of 242-feet.
Guests are seated in a gondola which spins a 98-foot circle around SkyScreamer's central tower, hitting a top speed of over 43 miles per hour. The ride was originally announced as being 150-feet-tall, but the height was boosted following complaints from fans.
The first riders on SkyScreamer at Six Great Adventure were the Flying Elvises skydiving team, as can be seen in the video below:
The new addition forms part of Adventure Alley, a new themed land at Six Flags Great Adventure that has replaced much of Fantasy Forest. Three other flat rides have also be added to the area, including bumper cars, a music-themed scrambler, and the returning flying elephants ride.
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