2 new world record thrill rides make Icon Park a ‘Land of the Giants’

World’s tallest drop tower, slingshot set to open this December

ORLANDO, Fla. – Construction crews are putting the final touches on what will soon be two new world record-breaking attractions coming to Orlando’s International Drive in December.

The Slingshot Group of Companies is opening the Orlando Slingshot and the Orlando Free Fall at ICON Park, where the world’s tallest swing ride, the Starflyer, already stands, making Orlando the “land of the giants,” as Starflyer’s Sales and Marketing Director John Stine put it.

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“These are world record-setting attractions that we’re featuring here. And we’ve already got the world’s tallest stand-alone swing right on the other side of the complex,” Stine said. “So you got three world record rides that guests walking up and down (I-Drive) can check out.”

Topping out completed on world's tallest drop tower at ICON Park (ICON Park)

He said the Orlando Slingshot will be the tallest slingshot ride in the world, standing at 300 feet tall.

“(It) launch(es) you 450 feet in the air, going from zero to 100 miles in two seconds,” Stine said.

The Orlando Slingshot will be right next to the Orlando Free Fall, also the tallest free fall drop in the world.

“It will drop you 400 feet, 70 miles an hour,” Stine said. “And before you drop, they will tilt you at 30 degrees, so you can see what awaits you out there.”

Topping out completed on world's tallest drop tower at ICON Park (ICON Park)

The ride is expected to open in December, just in time for the peak holiday season and the return of international tourists Nov. 8.

“The international visitors are key for us,” Stine added. “We got people from England and Brazil. Again, they want thrill and we can offer those thrills.”

News 6 did some research and the tallest building in downtown Orlando, the SunTrust building, stands at 441 feet tall.

The Orlando Free Fall is just 11 feet shorter.

The thrill ride, however, is still taller than the Orange County Courthouse and more than double the drop of Hollywood Studio’s Tower of Terror, which stands at 199 feet tall.

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Nadeen Yanes joined News 6 as a general assignment reporter in 2016. She grew up in Leesburg and graduated from the University of Florida. Nadeen has won three Associated Press Awards for her reporting on the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the trial of the Pulse gunman's wife and the capture of an accused cop killer, Markeith Loyd.