Thursday, July 29, 2021

ICON Park hosts groundbreaking of world’s tallest slingshot and drop tower

ABOVE left to right: Chris Jaskiewicz (ICON Park president and CEO), Commissioner Siplin, Maria Triscari (President and CEO of the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce) and Ritchie Armstrong (Owner of the two new attractions). All images courtesy The Slingshot Group of Companies.

Construction has begun on Orlando’s most-anticipated projects of 2021 – the world’s tallest slingshot and drop tower.

The Slingshot Group of Companies™ has broken ground on the ICON Park Slingshot™ and ICON Park Drop Tower.

“The Slingshot Group of Companies™ has been bringing thrills to guests for over 20 years and we’re so excited to bring two more world-record-setting attractions to ICON Park,” said Ritchie Armstrong, owner. “The ICON Park Slingshot™ and ICON Park Drop Tower will be opening December 2021.”

The ICON Park Slingshot™ will stand at 300 feet, making it the world’s tallest slingshot. The two-tower attraction will launch two riders out of an “exploding volcano” approximately 450 feet straight up into the sky, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.

The ICON Park Drop Tower will stand at 430 feet, making it the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower. Thirty riders will be able to enjoy the sights of ICON Park and I-Drive as the ride vehicle rotates around the gigantic tower and rises high into the skyline. Once the ride vehicle reaches the top, it’ll tilt forward 30 degrees and face the ground for a brief moment before free falling nearly 400 feet at speeds reaching over 75 mph.

ICON Park, Orlando’s favorite open-air entertainment complex, will be welcoming the ICON Park Slingshot™ and ICON Park Drop Tower into its lineup of attractions, restaurants, bars and shops in 2021. The $250 million, 20-acre complex is already home to the world’s tallest swing ride, the Orlando StarFlyer, which stands at 450 feet.

“Adding these two new, skyscraper-height rides to The Wheel and StarFlyer will make ICON Park the ‘land of the giants’,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, ICON Park president and CEO. “ICON Park’s three stunning thrill rides added to our seven other world class attractions make the Orlando Entertainment District the ideal place for friends and families looking for restaurants and attractions to satisfy different tastes in food and entertainment.”

Keator Construction, LLC is the general contractor responsible for building these landmark attractions. The construction is expected to bring more than two dozen jobs to the area.

To learn more about the ICON Park Slingshot™ and ICON Park Drop Tower, visit www.iconparkslingshot.com.

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