Six Flags New England is planning to install the world's tallest spinning tower ride for the 2013 season, with its version of SkyScreamer set to stand at some 385-feet-tall.
The new addition to the park would be near-identical to the SkyScreamers that have been installed at a number of Six Flags parks over the past two years, but would be significantly taller. It would also stand just two feet taller than the Funtime Star Flyer ride at Austria's Prater Park, which is currently the tallest ride of its type.
The park has applied to the Agawam zoning board for permission to install the ride, which would stand well above the 200-foot height limit that is normally enforced in the area. MassLive.com reports that the park is confident that the plans will be approved, enabling construction work to begin later this year.
Like other versions of the ride, Six Flags New England's SkyScreamer will offer a vertigo-inducing variation on the traditional "Chair-O-Plane" ride experience. Guests will be seated in chairs that dangle from a circular gondola, which will spin as it rises to the top of the tower, offering views across the park and beyond.
Manufacturers Funtime and Mondial have been very successful at selling spinning tower rides into the US market over the past couple of years. Funtime's Star Flyers have become the default option for Six Flags parks, while Mondial's Wind Seekers have been procured by rival Cedar Fair's properties.
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