US Thrillrides Unveils SkyScreamer, the Rebirth of the Legendary SkyCoaster
Bill Kitchen, legendary ride and attraction inventor, has unveiled SkyScreamer — an evolution of the popular SkyCoaster ride. He’s optimistic about the future as theme park fanatics are enthusiastic about discovering thrilling new experiences the industry has to offer.
US Thrillrides LLC, which was founded by Kitchen, unveiled the Skyscreamer, a sister attraction to the SkyCoaster.
Bill’s original invention, SkyCoaster takes up to three brave riders into a skydiving experience as they are pulled up to 300 feet in the air. Then riders are released by a ripcord into an exhilarating free-fall as the cable tether allows them to soar above spectators in a giant swinging arc as seen in the video below. After 20+ years of success you can find over 200 still in operation around the world with an impeccable safety record.
The SkyScreamer builds upon the best aspects of the Skycoaster, but instead of flight suits, a round disk with roller-coaster style seats supports between six and twelve flyers at once.
Flyers load from the ground (omitting the scissor lift) and are mechanically raised 12 feet high before ascending in an arc to drop height — which can range from 200-350 feet in height. Then, as they fall and swing, the disk naturally rotates, providing multiple dimensions of thrills. An innovative new “pendulum damper” gradually allows the ride to come to a safe stop on its own, completely eliminating the need for riders to grab a loop attached to a pole, often seen installed on existing SkyCoasters.
The SkyScreamer towers are strikingly beautiful and iconic. The structure, resembling the ST. Louis Gateway Arch, shines in the sun and glows in the dark!
SkyScreamer is a completely new system with up to 10 times the capacity of the original ride. Models will be available for 6 to 30 flyers allowing more than 324 people per hour. According to the company’s website, the new ride can generate an estimated $2.2 million in gross revenue for an operator, based loosely on $10 per rider cost.
Being able to fly with 6 to 30 flyers allows the entire family to experience the upgraded thrills born from one of the most popular thrill-rides ever!
The company says that the first potential installment is planned for somewhere in Orlando, but no specific location was provided.
For more information, visit the official US Thrillrides website by clicking here.
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