Starflyer, the world’s tallest swing ride, is now open and taking Orlando guests on scenic spins over 400 feet above International Drive.
At 4 p.m. on June 1, 2018, Unicorp officially opened their new Orlando Starflyer ride near the Icon Orlando 360 observation wheel (formerly known as the Orlando Eye) to the general public. Guests are seated into double seat with seat belts and legs harness before rising up the 450 tower — which is 50 feet taller than the neighboring wheel — and rotating around it at speeds of up to 60 mph.
The Starflyer was built in Austria and transported to Orlando in 28 40-foot shipping containers. The ride required 1000 tons of steel, 6000 feet of steel cables, 8000 feet of electrical cables, 110,000 bolts and was all built on site. The foundation required 1400 cubic yards of concrete (140 trucks), 75 tons of steel, is 88 feet in diameter and the concrete was poured continuously for 8 hours from midnight until 8 a.m. to avoid the heat and traffic.
The Starflyer has 24 seats (12 x 2 seats), has no age limit and the minimum height for the ride is 44 inches. The attraction is designed to be capable of operating in up to 45 m.p.h. wind, but will likely not run when it gets that breezy. It is also capable of spinning at a maximum speed of 60 m.p.h., but will typically top out at 45 m.p.h. for guest comfort.
Tickets are $12 per person ($10 if purchased online in advance), with repeat rides for $7. The attraction is open from noon to midnight daily, and a Star Bar is located in the courtyard for pre- and post-ride refreshments.