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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

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