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Record-breaking thrills: Theme parks prepare to swing into summer fun

Six Flags Over Texas is in the final construction stages of what will be the tallest swing ride in the world, Texas SkyScreamer. Hurricane Harbor also has two new water slides in completion — Typhoon Twister and Tsunami Surge
by Heather Warlick Modified: April 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm •  Published: April 21, 2013

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.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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