Star Flyer, world's tallest swing ride, coming to I-Drive 360

By Mike Westfall and Allison Walker, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mystery revealed: The "largest of its kind" attraction coming to the I-Drive 360 complex was revealed Tuesday to be the Star Flyer, a chair swing ride that will stand 420 feet tall.

Unicorp National Developments unveiled the first images of the new attraction after teasing a major announcement for the last week. Developers said the application for the new ride's construction, expected to take 12–18 months, was submitted Tuesday morning to Orange County.

Once completed, the Star Flyer will stand taller than the currently bigger swing ride of its kind in the world, the 409-foot-tall New England SkyScreamer, which opened in May at Six Flags New England.

The Star Flyer will be built next to the Outback Steakhouse at the former Gooding's Plaza, which Unicorp announced Tuesday will be renamed the Vue at 360.

"This attraction activates I-Drive," said Unicorp President Chuck Whittall.

The new attraction will be adjacent to the sites of the under-construction Orlando Eye Ferris wheel, which will stand 400 feet tall once complete, and the planned Skyscraper roller coaster, which will rise to 570 feet tall. A ride-through video of the Skyscraper was released Monday.

The Star Flyer will include of 12 double-seat swing chairs, sending up to 24 riders spinning more than 400 feet in the air for 3–4 minutes.

Developers said the Star Flyer will be similar to the ride of the same name in London, near the London Eye, but with minor altercations that will make Orlando's version unique.anticipated a $10 ticket price to ride the attraction.

Ten similar swing rides have been built around North America in the last three years, and 35 versions of the ride opened worldwide over the last decade.

This week's developments at I-Drive 360 come in conjunction with the 2014 IAAPA Attractions Expo, which also kicked off Tuesday. The annual expo, organized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions at the Orange County Convention Center, shows off the latest in amusement ride and theme park technology.