Bricktown Design Committee will hear pitch for 220-foot-high “Star Flyer” ride

If built, the Star Flyer Ride would provide view, thrills in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: July 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm •  Published: July 7, 2014
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An Oklahoma City petroleum landman is set to pitch plans Wednesday for a 220-foot-high “Star Flyer” that would provide Bricktown visitors a thrill ride and an unsurpassed view of the entertainment district.

Paperwork filed with the Oklahoma City Planning Department by Brandon Arthur, a landman with Drovers Trail Land Co., indicates the tower would include a dozen two-passenger cars and potentially an observation deck. Sales materials for the ride provided by its manufacturer, Wien, Austria-based Fun Time, list the ride as costing $1.42 million.

Before the ride becomes a reality, Arthur must obtain a variance from the city to exceed Bricktown’s 110-foot height limit and also secure a lease with the property’s owners. Arthur is scheduled to make a presentation on the project at the Wednesday meeting of the Bricktown Urban Design Committee.

The ride would be built at the northwest corner of Mickey Mantle Drive and Reno Avenue, which is owned by Phil and Avis Scaramucci and is adjacent to the Bricktown Canal. The site is just north of Lower Bricktown, west of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and south of Brickopolis, a restaurant, gift shop and amusement center being built by Chris Johnson, owner of USA Screenprinting.

Avis Scaramucci confirmed Arthur has discussed the project with the property’s ownership group.

“He has been told if he should be able to get all the blessings of the city and go through all the hoops to even be able to say he can do all this, we will definitely entertain the idea of a lease with him,” Scaramucci said. “But we also want to feel comfortable with the design of the ride — that it will fit in with the entertainment district.”


by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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“You are over 200 feet in the air. Looking out you can see for miles and looking down you remember how far the ground is below you. However, this isn’t a roller coaster or an extreme ride — it is the Star Flyer and it is unlike any other attraction on the market. Guests boarding the Star Flyer step into the open-air seats that can only be unlocked by the attendant. After being secured all the seats lift into the air and the sweeps start to spin. Soon the din of the park melts away and all the riders hear is the clanking of chains, the whir of the motor and the screams of fellow passengers.”

— From the Fun Time sales pamphlet for the “Star Flyer”

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