Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Orlando Slingshot to remove FreeFall attraction from ICON Park

Orlando Slingshot announced it has decided to take down the 400-foot-tall FreeFall ride attraction on International Drive. The decision resulted from the accidental death of Tyre Sampson on March 24.

“We are devastated by Tyre’s death. We have listened to the wishes of Tyre’s family and the community, and have made the decision to take down the FreeFall,” said Ritchie Armstrong, Owner of Orlando Slingshot. “In addition, Orlando Slingshot will honor Tyre and his legacy in the classroom and on the football field by creating a scholarship in his name.”

The details of the scholarship are being developed and further information will be shared in the future and after consultation with Sampson’s family. Additionally, the timeline for taking down the FreeFall ride will be determined by the approvals of all involved parties and regulatory entities.

The Orlando Slingshot leases land from ICON Park, which supports the decision to take down the ride.

A statement from ICON park said, “Tyre’s death is a tragedy that we will never forget. As the landlord, ICON Park welcomes and appreciates Orlando Slingshot’s decision to take down the ride.”

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