It seems like just yesterday they were releasing the track design for the worlds largest roller coaster coming right here to Orlando. The Skyscraper roller coaster was the second tall structure to make I-Drive its home, after the first announcement of the Orlando Eye as part of the I-Drive 360 project. But why stop at two 400 ft plus structures when you could have 3?
That’s right, a third behemoth has been announced for the I-Drive corridor, this time in the form of a StarFlyer swing ride.
In an effort not to be outdone, Unicorp announced today a new 420 ft, tallest of its kind, StarFlyer swing ride. For now at least they will be calling it the StaryFlyer, and its home will be right next door to another I-drive marvel, The Orlando Eye at I-drive 360. StarFlyer will be built on the newly named Vue at 360, an area that will feature plenty of dining and entertainment options. Currently the area already includes an Outback Steakhouse & Kings bowling, plus plans for a McFaddens Irish Pub are in the works.
For $10 per rider, the StarFlyer swing ride will take 24 people up at once for a 3-4 min experience of spinning 360-degree views of Orlando, all from 420 ft in the air. The Star Flyer will be similar to the ride of the same name in London, near the London Eye. Construction is estimated at 12–18 months and they expect to be open by 2016. The current biggest swing ride of this kind in the world is the 409-foot-tall New England SkyScreamer, which opened in May at Six Flags New England. I hope they enjoy their run, because clearly Orlando knows how to do attractions best!