Soon, guests at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington will get an unprecedented view of Texas, while swinging in great circles around an enormous tower, suspended 400 feet in the air from the world's tallest swing ride — the new Texas SkyScreamer.
At full rotation, riders will swing in 124-foot circles reaching speeds of 34 mph. This high intensity thrill ride will be visible for miles and will serve as the park's newest icon, which is about a 218-mile drive from Oklahoma City.
“We take great pride in offering the best, the biggest and the most innovative attractions for our guests,” said Steve Martindale, Six Flags Over Texas park president, in a news release. “This ride experience will be unlike any other tower swing ride ever built.”
The ride is in the final stages of erection, said Sharon Parker, a representative from the park. She's ridden all the rides at the park except Mr. Freeze and Titan.
“They go so fast, so quickly,” she said. “In my head, I'm like ‘Oh my gosh, I don't think I can handle it!”
Texas SkyScreamer likely will be added to the list of rides Parker is too squeamish to board, she said. It's for real adrenaline junkies, but they'll have to wait until the ride is complete and opens, set for mid-May.
“The biggest portion of it is laying the foundation, as you can imagine, for a structure that's 400-feet-tall,” Parker said. In preparation for building the ride, geologists surveyed the ground, strengthening the earth by adding different types of dirt and pouring deep piers that had to cure for at least 30 days.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor also is opening two new rides this season — Typhoon Twister and Tsunami Surge. The slides are set to open at the end of May.
On Typhoon Twister, guests board slides built for two for a hair-raising ride down a tunnel and into a bowl-shaped slide. After spinning in the belly of the slide, riders zoom through a corkscrew exit into a pool.
Typhoon Twister is not quite as intense as Tsunami Surge, Parker said.
Tsunami Surge sends couples flying down a 68-foot enclosed tunnel while they build up speed to take on a 40-foot wave slide on the other side. Riders experience zero-gravity as they surge to the top of the slide before gliding down to the landing pool.
For entertainment, Six Flags has booked Scotty McCreary, the “American Idol”-winning country crooner for June 15. Bridgit Mendler, star of Disney Channel's “Good Luck Charlie,” is booked for July 20. Concerts cost $10 in addition to admission.
Season passes for Six Flags over Texas cost $59.99, the same as a single-day admission. Combo passes to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor cost $79.99.
Hurricane Harbor opens May 11. Six Flags over Texas opens for daily operation on May 15, but the park is open Saturdays and Sundays until then. For more information, go online to sixflags.com/overtexas.