Two more towering structures are joining the former Orlando Eye long International Drive next year.
The entertainment complex now known as Icon Park is adding a 300-foot-tall slingshot ride called the Orlando Slingshot. The structure promises to catapult guests 450 feet in the air and will feature a dual-loading system to decrease wait times.
The other new addition is the 400-foot-tall Orlando Gyro Drop Tower. Dubbed the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower, the ride will gyrate around the tower as guests are taken up to the top — and then plummet back down at 75 miles per hour.
“We’re beyond thrilled to add two more jaw-dropping attractions to our destination,” Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of Icon Park, said in a press release. “Icon Park is the name to know as a complete destination of family-friendly adventure.”
The two new attractions are scheduled to open in 2020.
Both will be owned by the Slingshot Group of Companies, the same firm that owns the Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing ride.
“We’ve had such great success with StarFlyer, we can’t wait to bring the Orlando Slingshot and Orlando Gyro Drop Tower to the world-class destination of Icon Park,” said Slingshot partner Richard Armstrong. “We love Icon Park and hope to continue working together to bring exciting attractions to Orlando.”
Beyond its recent name change, Icon Park had already announced the addition of two new restaurants to the complex this year: the sushi-focused sushi-centric Mikado and Ox Grill and a food hall called the Wheelhouse Market.
Along with the Orlando Eye — now rechristened as The Wheel — Icon Park features attractions like Madame Tussauds Orlando and the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.