Six Flags' New Texas SkyScreamer a Poor Substitute For the Flashback

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The Flashback, alas, is not long for this world. In less than a week, the iconic Six Flags roller coaster will take its last passengers backward and forward through its loop before being dismantled. The same fate will befall the parachute ride. Ah, well. Progress marches on. The rides will undoubtedly be replaced by spectacles that are bigger and better.

Six Flags unveiled one of those attractions this morning. It's called the Texas SkyScreamer, and it's billed as the tallest "SkyScreamer in the world."

As Six Flag's news release puts it:

Towering an astounding 400 feet above the ground, the Texas SkyScreamer will be the tallest swing ride in the world that only looks sweet and innocent. Once you are strapped into the open-air seat of this extreme swing ride, prepare for takeoff. The Texas SkyScreamer will start to slowly swing you around and around as it takes you all the way up to the very top of the tower where you'll spin around and around just below a gigantic Texas Lone Star. Before you know it you'll be going faster and faster, soaring in a 124-foot-wide circle with the wind blowing in your face at 35 mile per hour and your feet dangling in sheer terror 400 feet above Six Flags Over Texas.

In other words, a really tall merry-go-round. It's a definite improvement over the parachutes, but this does nothing to fill the Flashback-shaped whole in my heart.


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23 comments
FollowYourBliss
FollowYourBliss

A Vekoma Boomerang? You're really upset over a Vekoma Boomerang being removed for a top of the line ride? Most people would be ecstatic over a Boomerang being removed even if nothing were added in place of it.

eggwards
eggwards

So DFW is cool with this thing?

martycampisi
martycampisi

BOTH flashback and Chute out will be gone at end of 2012, thats a fact

 

David Hernandez Jr
David Hernandez Jr

I hate to be under that ride when it's raining piss and shit. I love thrill rides, but this is a heart attack waiting to happen.

Robert Barksdale III
Robert Barksdale III

They need more room to expand. I hate Six Flags Over Texas for this reason. Maybe run a coaster thru the massive parking lot?? Or hell level the six flags mall and figure out a way to link that property with the current park, maybe a monorail system?? A lot of potential to be a bigger badder park but no one wants to pull their head out of their ass to make it happen..

nanarchist
nanarchist

The first sentence of that press release bothers me so bad.

Marc C. Socolov
Marc C. Socolov

Your new commenting host is horrible. I don't want to have to sign in every friggin time I wanna comment. Bring back Disqus!!!

G_David
G_David

Remember when Six Flags Over Texas had areas that represented the 6 flags that have actually flown over our state?  I must have missed that day in 7th grade when we learned about the brief period when we lived under Gotham City rule.

 

mainer11
mainer11

guys the arent replacing the flasshback with it they are replacing the chute out with it.

Daniel
Daniel

P.P.S. I wouldn't really cry, urinate or shit. I would simply avoid it, in fact -- I'm not afraid of heights, but nor am I a thrill-seeker. I just write a random phrase every couple of days to see if it will actually post. It hasn't for maybe three weeks.  

 

Has it been brought to your attention that your new comments system sucks? And has anybody else had  this problem?

Daniel
Daniel

P.S. Since when  does the world look sweet and innocent?

Daniel
Daniel

I would cry, urinate, shit, all of it. So no.

Daniel
Daniel

Since when does the world look sweet and innocent?

gangstead1
gangstead1

Will it be closed at the slightest amount of wind just like the old planes?

Mervis
Mervis

@mainer11 So what are they replacing the already announced to be closed Flashback with sir?

Mervis
Mervis

 @Daniel

 There is no such thing as a sucky commenting system, just sucky commenters.

mainer11
mainer11

 @Mervis  @mainer11 

They are replacing the flashback with some sort of other part of the park going along with the old six flags mall making space for probably something like an addition to Gotham. While sadly we don't get to see an awesome explosion of the flashback we can still visit our friend dear friend in Saint Louis. Now to the point, it is taking place of the Texas Chute Out, while the sky screamer may reach it's width to the bench area behind flashback it isn't taking over flashback. A ride themed with the "Joker" or Poison Ivy", "Riddler", or maybe even "Penguin". The (overrated looser kind-of-a-ride) Sky Screamer is not taking place of the flashback but, The Texas Chute Out. (AKA The Parachute Ride)

Daniel
Daniel

Hey, no sweat, Mervis, there's no need to apologize.

Mervis
Mervis

@mainer11 I know less now than I did before after reading that post.

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