Six Flags New England gets approval for 385-foot Star Flyer

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:54 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Agawam Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously Monday to grant the special permit Six Flags New England needs to build the highest swing-set ride in the world at its amusement park on Main Street. The amusement park wants to build a 385-foot-tall swing set ride to be called the “Star Flyer.” It would replace the park’s “Sky Coaster” ride.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:07 AM

I'm going to take a wild guess on the name here and go with Sky Screamer. *sigh*

I actually haven't even been on one of these yet (always seems to be closed when I go to SFDK) but they seem like they're decent additions to any park. Just wish they would have some naming creativity instead of the cookie cutter naming approach.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:11 PM

Cool can't wait to ride. I like the sky screamer at Great Adventure so this will be even better.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:04 PM

^^ The blurb right above your post says it will be named "Star Flyer"

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:22 PM

They can build it up to 410 feet if they want....do these board members have any concept of how tall that is?? That's double Goliath!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:19 PM

OH NOES!!!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:56 PM

^^^ Guess I should read more carefully. Duh me.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:20 PM

I think it is a dumb idea. Aren't these things notorious for not running in basically any kind of wind? And those are the 200 footers! So GrAdv has a 400+ ft paper clip that doesn't work, and now SFNE will have a nearly 400 ft pinwheel that doesn't work. Seems to me they just don't learn. Just a thought.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:55 PM

I'm not sure of the Star Flyers performance record. But, with about 1/3 the number of seats as the Mondial Windseeker, I would think the larger spacing between seats would be such that they have fewer issues. Though, the capacity is cut down too.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:20 PM

Jason Hammond said:

Though, the capacity is cut down too.

Not if it runs more consistently.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:56 PM

I agree with Bunky. All of a sudden Six Flags is building 400+ rides and I think it's a dumb idea. I like the idea of 400+ drop towers but the swing just seems a waste. How is flying 100 to 200 feet higher, better?

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:19 AM

A further view is better, right?

I see that the wind affecting this kind of ride might be more of an issue with the location being just off of Lake Erie, like at Cedar Point, but not necessarily at some other locations.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:30 AM

Lord Gonchar said:
Not if it runs more consistently.

That is definitely true as compared to last years Windseeker. This year might be a different story. I haven't heard about much down time yet aside from the few days following the incident where people were stuck on the ride for a few hours. The consistency this year is likely attributed to the latest modification to the shock absorbers they made just before the season started.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 1:31 AM

Any park can build a 400 foot swing ride. I'm waiting for one to do something impressive and build one 400 feet underground.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:48 AM

How about a drop tower, that hoists you up 400 feet in the air, but when you get to the top, the platform that you just walked on to board the ride folds up and drops out of the way, revealing more than double the fall, into a giant hole in the ground?

I've always thought that would be kind of cool.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:15 AM

The view from GAdv's StarFlyer is nice...the only problem is you can't see the hotel.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:26 PM

Raven-Phile said:
How about a drop tower, that hoists you up 400 feet in the air, but when you get to the top, the platform that you just walked on to board the ride folds up and drops out of the way, revealing more than double the fall, into a giant hole in the ground?

I've always thought that would be kind of cool.

Yep, I would crap myself.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:32 PM

LostKause said:
A further view is better, right?

I see that the wind affecting this kind of ride might be more of an issue with the location being just off of Lake Erie, like at Cedar Point, but not necessarily at some other locations.

How about tornados? It could, and did, happen. Now I'm just joking, but the point remains that when you start getting up into the 300 and 400s, the shift in winds is noticeable when you're on the ride. Think Millennium Force, which is 80 feet shorter than this new StarFlyer, and how much of a temperature and climate difference there can be between the base and the top of the hill. Again, just kinda spitballing here, but I would think a flyer this high could be a problem, not to mention possibly uncomfortable for riders.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:56 PM

bunky666 said:

...how much of a temperature and climate difference there can be between the base and the top of the hill.

You mean like high 80s at the bottom and near-blizzard conditions at the top?

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 1:12 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

The view from GAdv's StarFlyer is nice...the only problem is you can't see the hotel.

If you needed to see the hotel, you would have already seen it.

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