International Drive has added a brand new thrill to its entertainment lineup. Starflyer, the world’s tallest swing ride, is now taking guests 400 feet in the air and swinging them at speeds topping 60 miles per hour.
"Disney and Universal have all their rides, but they don't have anything as big as we've got," Orlando-based developer Chuck Whittall said in a statement. "We wanted to have the best. We have the wheel next door, which is the tallest structure in Central Florida; now we have the tallest thrill ride in central Florida."
The newest thrill ride stands at 450 feet, which is 50 feet taller than neighboring ICON Orlando 360, formerly called the Orlando Eye. A concrete base weighing about four Boeing 747’s anchors it down.
The Starflyer has 24 seats (12x2 seats), swinging up to 60 miles per hour. But Whittall says 45 mph is the "comfier" speed, which guests will experience mostly during their several minute flight up the tower.
Whittall said his company has other rides in the works that'll take riders even closer to the clouds. He hopes to unveil those in the near future.
At the bottom of Starflyer, guests can continue the thrills with a bar, an ice cream shop, and tourist information office.