For the first time in many weeks my drive home from SeaWorld was blue skies and sunny, so when travelling up Universal I couldn’t resist the chance to try the Starflyer. Parking the car by Charlie’s Steakhouse, I wandered over to find a very short line of people waiting to go on, so a good start. Ralph at work, who went on a couple of weeks ago, suggested I sit on the outside as I was a single rider. He found the inside swayed and twisted far more than the outside. So I paid my $12 and stood in line. You could tell it was still not running at the 60mph “thrill” speed it was first advertised to be, so I was happy. I’ve been on the Skyflyer’s at the Cedar Fair parks and really enjoyed those … the view is great, but they are a lot slower than the Starflyer. More importantly though the chairs weren’t held on by chains !! The Starflyer arrived, and I nervously settled myself into one of the chairs …. on the outside. The bar was little awkward to bypass as it lifts up the chains, but I managed to duck under and get myself into what was a hard but comfortable seat. I fastened the seat belt into the locking device and then sat there wondering WTF was I doing on this ride. But before I had chance to change my mind a slight bump signaled the start of the upward journey and off we went. The view is spectacular, even with whizzing round it was great to see Orlando from the aerial view perspective that the Starflyer gives you. We slowed down for a few revolutions at the top and then we were on our way down. This is where the “thrill” part comes into play as the rotational speed increases and the chairs swing out to around 45°. It was pretty windy at the top, and the chairs swayed around quite a bit, but at no time did I ever feel unsafe. All in all I loved it, and it was so refreshingly different to anything I’d ever been on before that I paid my $7 and went straight back on. Next time I want to try it in the dark, so it may be a few months before I go back on. Although they were saying that later in the evening the re-rides would be only $1, but that may have been because it was very quiet. The Midnight to 2am ride time could be a lot of fun with all the tourists around ?? But then again, now I’ve been on, and I drive right by it twice a week …. who knows, if I have $12 in my pocket another ride might be on the agenda. With the Starflyer and Mine Blower (at Fun Spot in Kissimmee) we have 2 awesome rides that, if you’re in town, my advice is definitely take the time to do them both. You won’t be disappointed. Starflyer’s bark is much worse than it’s bite …. :)
I was going to include some photos but Flickr et al is way beyond my computer skills. Is there a reason why I just can't copy and paste into the post ??Tweet
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