World Record Drop Ride Tops Off in Orlando

October 20, 2021, 5:09 PM · Orlando's tallest new attraction topped off high above International Drive this morning.

Workers installed a wind dancer element atop the 430-foot Orlando Free Fall at ICON Park, making the attraction the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower ride. When Orlando Free Fall opens in December, visitors will ride a rotating vehicle to the top of the tower, where their seats will tilt forward 30 degrees before dropping nearly 400 feet at over 75 mph.

After the installation, workers celebrated atop the tower, which will offer views across central Florida, from Walt Disney World to Universal Orlando and, on clear days, all the way to downtown.

Atop the Orlando Free Fall
Photo courtesy The Slingshot Group of Companies

Orlando Free Fall will join the 300-foot Orlando Slingshot, which also is now under construction at ICON Park for a December opening. Funtime is the manufacturer of both rides, with Keator Construction as their general contractor.

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Replies (5)

October 20, 2021 at 7:47 PM

If my wife is reading this:

No.

October 21, 2021 at 9:25 AM

Nope...nuh uh....no....just no

October 21, 2021 at 10:17 AM

I wouldn't mind riding this, but I'm not paying for a 1-off. ICON is increasing the number of attractions at their complex, which makes combo tickets more viable, but I doubt I would take time to head over there given the wealth of other options in Orlando unless they offered one heck of a deal (i.e. all you can ride for $20).

October 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Russell … I was just thinking the same thing. With Icon adding 2 more attractions, it would be great if they offered a deal, or even a season pass. I would ride the starflyer a lot more if it didn’t cost me $12 every time ($8 for re-rides).

I should be well on the way to full mobility by December, so really looking forward to giving it a try. For now though, I think I’ll be giving the sling shot a miss. Never been on one, and have no desire to be catapulted into the air on pieces of elastic …. :)

October 21, 2021 at 11:35 AM

I love me some thrill rides, but everything at ICON with the exception of the Eye is total nightmare fuel. No freakin' way...

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