October 10, 2012
Arlington, TX – Six Flags Over Texas will implode their iconic Texas Chute Out parachute ride this afternoon. The 225-foot tall tower operated at the Arlington theme park for 34 years until it closed early this year on Labor Day, September 3.
Texas Chute Out was a modern version of the classic Parachute Jump ride. Early versions were found at Riverview Park in Chicago and Coney Island's Steeplechase Park.
The modern version of the ride consisted of twelve parachutes with two passenger chairs surrounding the 22-story tower. Riders seated abreast would rise up 200-feet enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding area before beginning a quick descent that took only seconds.
Six Flags Over Texas added their tower designed by Intamin to the Goodtimes Square in 1976. The attraction became a icon for the area and could be seen from miles away.
Six Flags announced the closure in August and plans to replace it with the 400-foot tall Texas SkyScreamer that will open in Spring 2013.
This will be the second amusement park ride to be imploded this Fall. Cedar Point imploded their Intamin observation tower – Space Spiral – last month.
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Six Flags Over Texas and Give Kids The World are giving theme park
fans the chance to bid on unique Texas Chute Out ride memorabilia for a
good cause. A red parachute is available in its entirety and pieces
making up a blue parachute are also available on the charity's eBay page
100% of the purchase price of the items benefits Give Kids The World
Village, a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides
weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations to children with life-threatening
illnesses and their families.