Six Flags St. Louis
June 2, 2011
When we last were at Six Flags St. Louis on opening day Sky Screamer
was still being worked on so we didn't get the chance to try it. Then
we were invited to try it out during a commercial shoot but work was crazy
and I had to skip it to work some overtime. Since then we've been
busy with the end of school and the Negative-G 2011 Road Trip so getting
to Six Flags to try out Sky Screamer kind of took a back burner.
This Thursday we had to go to St. Louis to pick up a friend who was visiting
so before heading to the airport Bond and I headed into the park for an
hour to give Sky Screamer a quick try.
Sky Screamer replaces the old Riverview Racer swing ride. Sky Screamer's
tower sits right where Riverview Racer did and reuses it's station.
Thankfully though they added some nice air conditioning to the queue to
help cool everyone while they're waiting to ride.
The old bar across your waist and chain between your legs like the Riverview
Racer ride had for a restraint just doesn't cut it when you're going up
over two hundred feet in the air. So Sky Screamer has a seat belt
(that you cannot unlock by yourself) across your chest, the bar across your
lap and a locking mechanism between your legs to keep you nice and secure.
The unloading/loading process was kind of slow as the ride stops circling
and lowering about fifty feet above the ground before finally lowering to
the ground and the ride operators were kind of slow checking restraints
which made the wait that much longer. It's still early in the season
so hopefully they speed up the process as they get used to it.