S&S Power unveils Screamin' Swing

Posted Wednesday, September 1, 2004 9:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff

S&S Power has unveiled its new Screamin' Swing ride, a giant air-power swing that pushes riders up "past level" for a scream-inducing ride.

Read more from The Herald Journal.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 10:02 AM
Three being installed: Europe, Florida, and Souther California

Would BGT get something like this, or maybe Old Town?

SFMM or Knott's? I'm guessing SFMM.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 10:47 AM
And this is different from a swinging ship how?
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 10:48 AM
Thorpe Park is getting one in 2006. It has been confirmed in the staff newsletter, they are getting a Skyswatter next year, this giant swing the year after and a mini 200ft tall TTD Intamin launched coaster in 2006.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 11:21 AM
I don't think swinging ships reach 60MPH.

I think a Skyscraper would be better though.

Yah, SFMM would be my guess too.

*** This post was edited by janfrederick 9/1/2004 11:22:13 AM ***

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 11:43 AM
A rumor on another site says the old Vertigo spot (Calico Trails Picnic Area and BBQ) has been cleared out, and there is no Haunt maze going there this year, so perhaps it is for Knott's.

This is going to be an upcharge attraction right, given the low capacity?

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 11:53 AM
Remember, S&S also created Vertigo (Absolutely Insane) and we all know what happened to those. Unless KBF and CF are getting a heck of a deal, I don't think they'd go down that road again.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 12:00 PM
From some sketchy concept drawing I saw, I thought it would accomodate between 20 or 40 people! It looked huge and not like one of those propellor rides which are on every fairground.
But with this arrangement it would have a capacity of 240 pph.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 12:19 PM
That's exactly what I thought Shivering Tim. I thought Cedar Fair had some sort of credit with S&S, since they removed Vertigo but never replaced it with anything. I believe they otherwise have a good relationship with S&S/Stan C.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 12:44 PM
"...with this arrangement it would have a capacity of 240 pph."

I calculate much less than that. The article states:

"There are four chairs hanging from each pendulum, allowing eight people to ride at once."

It states the ride time is "more than a minute." In a typical park setting I'd bet its about 5 minutes including loading and unloading but I'll go with a generous 3 minutes for my calculations.

With 8 people riding per cycle & 20 cycles per hour this ride has a estimated capacity of 160 PPH. The only way I see this being practicle is if the parks who have purchased one use it as an upcharge attraction.

My guesses:

Florida - Old Town, Kissimmee
California - SFMM, Santa Monica Pier, Castle Park, or Pharoah's Kingdom.

*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 9/1/2004 12:45:46 PM ***

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 12:48 PM
The sketch for the Thorpe Park ride seated a lot more than 8 riders!
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 2:35 PM
You are right, Mamoosh! I calculated in "european measures" (one minute loading or faster ;) )

Anyway, I checked the sketch again (I am afraid the link would not work around here...) It showed two rows for ten people each. Maybe this is what they are going to build for Thorpe Park and the smaller prototype is the upcharge attraction.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 3:56 PM
I thought Europeans used hours and minutes the same as us Yanks...;)

Seriously though (just for a second), there is NO way the *smaller model* could operate on a POP, it just doesn't have enough capacity.

But I am *loving* these S&S flats and coasters (gimme a SWAT, baby), and I've *never* doubted Stan Checketts...OK, maybe when he hired Denise Dinn, LOL...;)

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 6:04 PM
Wasn't there an upcharge attraction similar to this at SFGA a few years ago. I remember shelling out $8-10 for a ride on this thing a few years ago at SFGA. Anyone remember this or was it a different ride?
Thursday, September 2, 2004 12:25 AM
Was it a Skyscraper such as the one at Dorney? Those seat 4 people on one rotating arm with 2 at each end. The seats rotate similarly to the way X seats flip, only they're free moving.
Friday, September 3, 2004 8:39 AM
Looks great, However it also looks to be a pay extra attraction based on capacity alone.


Saturday, September 4, 2004 11:24 PM
The SoCal Screamin' Swing is going into Knott's Berry Farm. Just very recently, the BBQ picnic area that used to be in the old VertiGo spot was cleared out and now has two very distinctive footer holes in it. There's no doubt about it. Just look at the picture and don't tell me that isn't for the Screamin' Swing. That makes four new rides for Knott's in '04.


Monday, September 6, 2004 7:38 AM
Anyone know the height of this thing ?

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