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Scariest amusement park ride ever? Kemah looks to push things and make you fly

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Kemah Boardwalk Iron Eagle Zip Line in Flight
Iron Eagle zip line in flight Photo courtesy of Soaring Eagle Zipline Inc.
Kemah Boardwalk Inn rides
Kemah Boardwalk rides Courtesy of Kemah Boardwalk Inn
Kemah Boardwalk Zip Line at Spirit Mountain Adventure Park
A similar zipline ride at Spirit Mountain Adventure Park Photo courtesy of Soaring Eagle Zipline Inc.
Kemah Boardwalk Iron Eagle Zip Line in Flight
Kemah Boardwalk Inn rides
Kemah Boardwalk Zip Line at Spirit Mountain Adventure Park

What's 10 stories high, seats two people taller than 42 inches and lives in front of the Lighthouse Buffet?

The Kemah Boardwalk is unleashing a mega zip line dubbed the Iron Eagle this fall, offering passengers breathtaking views of Galveston Bay while simultaneously scaring the bejesus out of them.

 Imagine a ski lift . . . a really, really fast ski lift rising 100 feet above the ground. 

Unlike the zip lines one might find on an episode of Survivor, the Iron Eagle is more of an amusement park ride with safety belts and ergonomic seating.

Rather than putting on helmets and getting fastened to a surprisingly thin wire, riders instead will sit side-by-side on chairs attached to a 400-foot-line that spans the boardwalk. Imagine a ski lift . . . a really, really fast ski lift rising 100 feet above the ground. 

"Once the ride reaches the top, the Iron Eagle will change directions and zoom forward at 30 mph returning back to the ground to complete the flight," a Kemah Boardwalk statement explains. "Iron Eagle riders will experience the sensation of flying, while accelerating down a suspended cable."

For all its height, the new zip line will only rank as the boardwalk's second-tallest attraction — bested by Kemah's free-fall Drop Zone ride, which measures 140 feet high.

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