Jackson, NJ, USA (May 17, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Thirty Elvis impersonators clad in white and red jumpsuits were the first riders to take to the skies this morning on Six Flags Great Adventure’s new, extreme swing ride, the 24-story SkyScreamer.
SkyScreamer is the cornerstone of the park’s newly-themed Adventure Alley, which offers guests a retro vibe and classic thrill attractions including Deja Vu, a music-themed scrambler and Air Jumbo featuring whimsical flying elephants. New bumper cars, Fender Benders, will open in Adventure Alley in June.
“SkyScreamer takes thrills to new heights,” said park president John Fitzgerald. “Standing an imposing 24 stories tall, SkyScreamer has redefined our skyline and offers guests a 360-degree, bird’s eye view of the property.”
The newest sensation in tower rides, SkyScreamer takes traditional swing rides to the next level. Thirty-two guests board the ride and sit two across in open-air swings as they climb to the top of the SkyScreamer tower while spinning round and round. At full swing, guests soar in a 98-ft. circle at speeds of 40 mph high above the park below.
“This feels like a scene from Honeymoon in Vegas,” said American Coaster Enthusiast’s New Jersey chapter president Bret Ulozas. “Except instead of skydiving, Elvises and thrillseekers alike can take flight on SkyScreamer to achieve the same adrenaline rush.”
Six Flags season pass holders will preview SkyScreamer exclusively through May 20, and the ride will open to the general public May 23. Air Jumbo and Deja Vu are expected to preview to season pass holders this weekend and open to the general public May 23, and Fender Benders will open in June. Adventure Alley joins the park’s already stellar lineup of innovative rides and attractions including three children’s areas and record-breaking roller coasters including the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster, El Toro, the world’s tallest coaster, Kingda Ka, and one of the world’s top steel coasters, Nitro. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.