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riders enjoy the experience so much that Six Flags just keeps expanding the number of parks that offer a Starflyer.” “It was a very cold and wet spring here in Western New

York,” recalls Thorpe, “but the team persevered. The ride opened on time and on budget. They (Funtime and their North American representative, Ride Entertainment) were great to work with and delivered on every level.” Six Flags SkyScreamer carries up to 32 riders, sitting two

across in open-air swings; and Spinning round and round a 98-foot (30 m) circle at

speeds up to 35 mph (56 kph). Riders experience breathtaking views of Six Flags Darien Lake they have never seen before at thrilling speeds. Ride time is approximately three minutes. “We choose to add Skyscreamer for many

reasons,” explains Thorpe. “We were very attracted to its record setting height

in New York State and the dynamic experience guests would have soaring high above all other attractions here at the park. It was also a great opportunity to punctuate the return of the Six Flags brand to Western New York and serve as a beacon of our commitment to the most exciting and innovative thrills.” Although the park also counts a Wave Swinger called “Lasso” among its attractions, the decision to add a second,

larger chair swing was easy. “The height at 242 feet is a clear differentiator from Lasso,” Thorpe notes, “plus it is a shared experience where you ride side-saddle with another guest. People enjoy the exhilarating thrills of soaring in the clouds, the comfort of the seats and the whirlwind of breathtaking views. Our guests’ reactions are extraordinary.

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Reports of seeing the City or Buffalo (25 miles or 40 km away) and getting a birdseye view of our Live Nation Concert venue in full swing are just some of the highlights.”

Six Flags Returns Thorpe has ridden, of course, and enjoys it. “My favourite part of the experience is the acceleration upon you second return to the apex. The ride is gentle yet swift but as you pick up speed it delivers

that perfect amount of adrenalin that thrill seekers crave. It makes you want to go again.” The addition of the Six Flags SkyScreamer will benefit both the

park and its guests. “We anticipate maintaining the level of attendance we’ve enjoyed the past couple of years,” admits Thorpe, “while benefiting from a nice surge of new or trial visitors.” By night, Six Flags SkyScreamer’s bold,

synchronized lighting package lights up the sky and beckons

thrill-seekers from near and far. It is covered with 1,600 LED lights on the tower, more than 1,100 additional puck LED lights on the globe. Six Flags operated Darien Lake once before, from 1999

through 2007. They then departed, and were welcomed back this year. “The return of the Six Flags brand is meaningful in many ways,” reflects Thorpe. “As an innovator in the industry, Six Flags Darien Lake will benefit from strategic and

comprehensive planning aimed to deliver great rides and valuable experiences with friendly, clean, fast and safe service. Our guests will now be able to engage in the extortionary Six Flags Membership programme adding even more value to their experience and more life-time memories.”


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