It’s not just about the roller-coasters: Six Flags has plans for ‘the planet’s tallest swing ride’

(The New England SkyScreamer. Rendering/Six Flags New England.)
(The New England SkyScreamer. Rendering/Six Flags New England.)

Adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers might want to listen up: Six Flags New England has just announced plans to add “the planet’s tallest swing ride” to its Agawam line-up of theme park attractions, a move that could give new meaning to its marketing tag-line --- “The Thrill Capital of New England.”

The plan is for a swing ride called the New England SkyScreamer to open in the summer of 2014.

Just what is a swing ride? Unlike a roller-coaster, which typically rides along a track, a swing ride has chairs that are suspended by a chain from a rotating top. According to Six Flags’ publicists, 24 folks will be able to take a SkyScreamer ride that will tower more than 400 feet in the air and circle at speeds of up to 40 mph. If not dizzy from spinning around and around, the riders will be able to goggle at the “breathtaking views” of the Connecticut River and the Central Massachusetts skyline. Presumably, on a clear night, riders will be able to see the lights of Springfield.

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“We take great pride in offering the finest, biggest, and most innovative attractions for our guests,” John Winkler, Six Flags New England’s park president, said in a statement. “The addition of the New England SkyScreamer only enhances our commitment to delivering world-class thrills and attractions to Six Flags New England every year.”

With 18 parks across the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Six Flags Entertainment Corp. reports annual revenue of about $1.1 billion.