Serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” and I think this perfectly sums up our discussion yesterday on our Facebook live chat, I can’t remember the last time we’d mentioned Skyplex before yesterdays chat and then coincidently we get some fresh news in.
The Skyplex developers have announced that on top of their already impressive plethora of attractions (Skyscraper, SkyFall & SkyLedge) they going to add another… SKY JUMP!
Sky Jump, will allow serious adrenaline junkies to “jump” from a small platform and free-fall 500 ft on a controlled line from the top of the Skyplex to the ground. Imagine bungee jumping but with out the return to the top!!!
Josh Wallack Developer of Skyplex said;
The attractions for Skyplex are some of the most innovating in the world, The world’s tallest roller coaster, the world’s tallest drop ride and now we’re launching an experience that feels like you are flying
Wondering what it might look like? Check out this video of Sky Jump in Las Vegas;
Just when you thought Skyplex couldn’t sound any better the guys behind it have just announced another sky-high attraction that is most definitely not for the faint hearted! Thrill seekers.. meet Skyledge and Skyledge.. meet thrill seekers. Sounds terrifying doesn’t it, well I will let you be the judge.
This attraction will allow visitors the opportunity to walk around the OUTSIDE of the Skyscraper tower a mere 600 feet above the ground ;). My initial thought was literally ‘why?!’ But then after I calmed down a bit I thought, imagine the breath taking views. You’ll not only be able to see the whole of International Drive but you’ll be able to gaze over Orlando for a whole 30 minutes. The Skyledge is the Americas first attraction of its kind with the nearest, similar one being in Canada.
The developer of Skyplex Joshua Wallack said the following in a statement:
“The world’s tallest rollercoaster, the world’s tallest drop ride, and now we’re launching an experience that feels like you are flying.”
The best bit? No stairs! Florida’s highest glass elevator will whisk you straight up to the top where you will find yourself at the observation desk. You will then be tethered to a overhead railing ready to leave the observation desk and begin walking around the whole outside of the tower for 30 minutes, bearing in mind the only thing you have to hold on to is the side of the tower itself!! Don’t worry, it is sure to be extremely safe and you will be safety briefed beforehand.
So not only will SkyPlex house a 500 foot polercoaster, 450 foot Skyfall drop coaster, 600 foot zip line, a Skysurf park, go-kart tracks, a 450 room hotel and many many entertainment and retail centers but it will now boast the opportunity for guests to literally dance in the clouds.
Now, I know if I ever got the opportunity to do this I would grab it with both hands. As petrified as I would be, once I manage to move my trembling legs I reckon it will be one of the best experiences ever!! How many people do you know who can say they’ve stood 600 feet above International Drive?!
The SkyPlex project came up against opposition from local residence and Comcast, owners of Universal Resort Orlando who cited the height of the coaster as the main issue. Although it appears the residence and Comcast are happy for the project to go forward in principle they feel the height of SkyScraper needs to fit in with the local community, to prevent impacting the life of neighbourhoods in a negative way.
Managing principal for the SkyPlex Project, Joshua Wallack can out fighting as you’d expect and stated to the Orlando Sentinel;
We will not be bullied by Universal Studios; we will not be bullied by Comcast. We will not be pushed around. They will not win. We will win.
It’s simply because they don’t want us to have the world’s tallest roller coaster which will draw people to it.
Comcast weren’t the only people though to object to the proposal, local residence had written a letter objecting to the project and A city of Orlando official also weighed in, urging caution.
Although the SkyPlex has lost this initial vote the full proposal will still go to the county commissioners who will have final approval.
Back in November 2013 we posted about the introduction of a new thrill ride on the horizon, at that time it was nicknamed the Polercoaster, a play on words of “pole” and “roller coaster” and was scheduled to open in 2016.
Well since then its had a name change, to Skyscraper and the opening date has been adjusted to 2017 (Developers expect to break ground in 2015 and open for business in 2017.), however the one thing that hasn’t changed is the sheer size of this monster! At over 500 feet its going to make even the mighty Falcons Fury look tiny!
You’ll find Skyscraper on the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road. Skyscraper won’t just be a stand alone thrill ride but also designed to include upscale arcading, simulators, rock climbing, bars, restaurants, retail and an observation deck which will offer panoramic views of Orlando from 535 feet up!
The ride itself will last an amazing 4 minutes and is probably a lot more thrill than you expected. Check out this awesome video.
The ride itself will travel at speeds of up to 45mph and will include sudden drops, corkscrews and of course the sheer feeling of being 500 feet in the air!
Bill Kitchen, founder of US Thrill Rides. said;
The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced.