Six Flags adding 400-foot-high swing

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Six Flags Over Texas will add the Texas SkyScreamer, said to be the world’s tallest swing, for the 2013 season.

The ride will be 400 feet above ground and spin riders 35 mph in a 124-foot circle, the theme park announced Thursday.

Twenty-four guests will ride at a time, sitting two across in the open-air swings.

"We take great pride in offering the best, the biggest and the most innovative attractions for our guests," said Steve Martindale, Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor park president, in a statement. "This ride experience will be unlike any other tower swing ride ever built."

The park recently said that after Labor Day it would close the Texas Chute Out, a park attraction since 1976, and the Flashback roller coaster, which began operating in 1989. At its sister park, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013 season by unveiling technology that will transform the Black Hole water slide into a 4-D full-sensory thrill ride featuring holographic projections and sound effects, park officials said.

The Black Hole is two 500-foot twisting tubes.

"The Black Hole has been a long time favorite at Hurricane Harbor and no doubt the new enhancements will maintain that status for many years to come," Martindale said.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727; Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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