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Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:20 pm
by jedimaster1227
Two weeks after TPR was invited for a hard hat tour of the new Orlando Starflyer, the attraction was officially ready to have its grand opening today! Having never been on a Starflyer before (the closest thing I've experienced was Windseeker at Cedar Point), I was very excited to finally get on a ride like this, and the world's tallest no less as my first!

The Orlando Starflyer is the newest addition to the ICON 360 complex (formerly known as I-Drive 360) and the tallest of this kind of ride in the world! The new Starflyer brings with it a new bar, a tourist info center, Wetzel's Pretzels and Haagen-Dazs. The Starflyer itself runs for approximately three and a half minutes per cycle and seats 24 riders via twelve sets of two-seater cars.

There are several ride sequences programmed for the Orlando Starflyer but the most frequently run sees the carriage bringing riders up to the top of the tower (spinning on the way up), for an extended spin at the highest height, followed by a slowed descent that speeds up for another forceful turn before lowering guests back down to exit. The cars have a good deal of room to turn and tilt thanks to the flexible nature of the chains holding the rows (a far less fixed experience than that found on Windseeker).

After five daytime rides and two evening rides, I can say that the Starflyer is a really great addition to Orlando's lineup of things to do when you aren't going to the parks (whether a tourist or a local). The ride is $12 for the initial flight and $7 for every subsequent, same-day re-ride. The ride can be surprisingly forceful, especially with a good Florida breeze. And if you time it right, your nighttime rides may give you one of the best views of the local fireworks you can get in town! I highly recommend giving the Orlando Starflyer a go, at least once. And if you're not comfortable simply hopping on, walk into the I-Drive Star Bar, get yourself some liquid courage and then get in line when you're ready to soar in one of the most unique ride's you'll find in Central Florida!


Re: Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:55 pm
by djcoastermark
Cool. We were there Wednesday night and we saw it running. We walked over as we were staying at the Fairfield Inn next door, hoping for maybe, just maybe they were doing sneak peek rides. Alas, it was not to be. They were just in rehearsal mode. It was cool to get to watch the control panel operations though. (and the Star Bar was open) Can't wait to ride it. Oddly enough, I have a fear of heights and hate Windseekers, yet I like star Flyers. I know it's weird. Also, the Fairfield next door is a great place to stay. (thanks to hotels/com free night bonus) Clean, great breakfast and has a kinda cool hipster boutique hotel vibe to it, and great views of the Eye and Star Flyer.

Re: Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:56 am
by cfc
The Starflyers are more fun than the Windseekers, probably because the chairs are held by "tiny"' chains as opposed to big steel arms. I'm willing to give this one a try.

Re: Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:25 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! I think I'll take the advice to ride during the fireworks next time I'm in Orlando.

Re: Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:37 am
by bert425
cfc wrote:The Starflyers are more fun than the Windseekers, probably because the chairs are held by "tiny"' chains as opposed to big steel arms. I'm willing to give this one a try.


I like Windseekers, but as you note, Starflyers are way more fun.

to me, Windseekers are basically like being on a skyneedle with the windows open. . tho I could see them being terrifying for those scared of heights. Starflyers always have me giggling like a fool while spinning around up there on those tiny chains.


this one looks like a fantastic and fun ride. Can't wait to get to give it a try some day!

Re: Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:57 pm
by Halian
How well, if at all, do you think riders of size would be able to fit?

Re: Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:32 am
by Mgcaekdb
What is the height requirement?

Re: Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:05 am
by jedimaster1227
The ride has a minimum height restriction of 44 inches but no maximum height or weight restriction. As long as you can fit in the seat and can close both restraints (an over the metal lap bar with a plug and a more traditional seatbelt), you’re fine. I found the seats to be pretty spacious and there were plenty of guests larger than me that were able to ride.

Re: Photo TR: The Orlando Starflyer Grand Opening

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:17 pm
by dippindotsguy8
Halian wrote:How well, if at all, do you think riders of size would be able to fit?


At my peak weight I was still able to fit relatively comfortably on the one at Valleyfair, and these look like the same seats.

For reference, there are still a number of things I can't fit on right now.