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Screamin’ Over Mexico Ninth Six Flags StarFlyer soars

SkyScreamer flys high above every other attraction in the park

Decked out in red, silver and blue, the SkyScreamer is the newest ride at Six Flags Mexico. Standing 74 metres (242ft) tall, the tower is now the tallest attraction at the park in Mexico City. “We continue to have a great working relationship with Six Flags and this park in particular,” says Adam Sandy from the Ride Entertainment Group, which represents manufacturer Funtime. “In 2013 we opened a 60-metre Slingshot at the park and this year it was the StarFlyer." This is the ninth Star Flyer that Funtime has delivered to the Six Flags group. Other rides, all called SkyScreamer, are already in operation at the American parks Six Flags Over Texas, Fiesta Texas, St Louis, Discovery Kingdom, Great Adventure, Over Georgia, New England and La Ronde, Canada.

Hannes Lackner, Funtime’s head engineer in Austria, said

that working with the Six Flags team continues to be a good experience. "We brought in some of our team members and they worked with park staff and local contractors. The ride was up and running before the Easter season and has been a great hit with guests." The 32-seat attraction can also be seen for kilometres at night. Thirty-three LED spotlights illuminate the tower and flashing LEDs under the seats make the ride look like an ascending/descending UFO.

Orlando Eye lights up International Drive

The Orlando Eye, a 400-ft (122 m) observation wheel in Orlando, Florida, reached a luminous construction milestone with the installation of the observation wheel’s special lighting. Almost 64,000 LEDs were recently installed over a four- week period. The lights use 92.7% less energy than traditional bulbs and offer a variety of lighting options to celebrate holidays and other special occasions. The Orlando Eye forms the centrepiece of the new I-Drive Live mixed use

development on International Drive, where Merlin Entertainments will also operate a Sea Life aquarium and Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attraction. Also three were officially opened on May 4. As part of the launch celebrations, highwire artist Nik Wallenda walked the wheel’s structure. The attraction, built by Intamin, is 43ft/13m shorter than the London Eye and

150ft/44m shorter than the High Roller in Las Vegas but for now is the tallest observation wheel in the eastern United States.

Fort Fun chooses Triotech

The German regional park Fort Fun has installed an XD interactive theatre from Triotech. The 16-seat attraction has been named FoXDome and comes with access to

a library of interactive content including Los Banditos, Zombies and Triotech’s new film Gigamon, among others. Located in Bestwig, Fort Fun has approximately 40 attractions and draws

around 300,000 visitors per year. Owner Compagnie des Alpes is currently trying to find a buyer for the property as it reviews its portfolio.

12 MAY 2015

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