What’s it like to free fall hundreds of meters, soar right above the ground, and then go flying above the tree tops? The answer is simple- Skycoaster®. Millions of thrill-seekers around the world have experienced flying the Skycoaster® and agree that it is the most exciting amusement ride on the market today!
Each Skycoaster® flyer is an integral part of the ride, not just a passenger in a seat. The attraction’s unique concept combines skydiving and hang-gliding- opening the skies to everyone. There is no doubt why Skycoaster® is the world’s most successful up-charge attraction.
Pre-flight Preparations – It all starts here
Those brave enough to experience the world’s most thrilling amusement attraction are first admitted to the Flight Suiting area where each rider is personally in their suit and given pre-flight instructions. They are then escorted to the loading platform for attachment to the flight cables. These cables are attached to the structure and capable of supporting over 4052 kg (9000 lbs) each, which means that up to three flyers can ride at the same time.
Flight – No time for the faint of heart
The flyers are pulled aloft by a cable attached to the Launch Tower. Once the flyers are near the top of the Launch Tower, the flight is ready to begin. The famous “3-2-1 FLY!” command is given and a flyer pulls a ripcord attached to a release mechanism, which begins the free fall swing that carries them near the ground. The initial free fall accelerates the flyers to nearly 112 km/h (70 mph) as they pass just above the ground, creating a huge rush of excitement. After the flyers swing back and forth in a pendulum motion (approximately 6 to 8 times) the ride slows so they can safely be brought to a stop.
Post Flight – Time to catch your breath
After their exhilarating experience, the flyers are disconnected from the cables and are escorted back to the flight suit area where the suits are removed. Exhilarated from their Skycoaster® experience, riders are offered the opportunity to take a memento home with them to remember their one-of-a-kind adventure. From Skycoaster® branded shirts to flight photos and videos that are guaranteed to be shared with friends on social media, opportunities abound for flyers to commemorate their own personal Skycoaster® experience.
Hourly Capacity: 36 per flight line
Height Requirement: 1.07 m (42 in)
Cycle Time: 5 minutes
Top Speed: Approximately 112 km/h (70 mph)
Maximum G Forces: 2.3 G’s
125 FOOT SINGLE
Height of Flight Tower/Arch: 38 m (125 ft)
Height of Launch Tower: 34.7 m (114 ft)
175 FOOT SINGLE
Height of Flight Tower/Arch: 53.3 m (175 ft)
Height of Launch Tower: 48.8 m (160 ft)
175 FOOT DUAL
Height of Flight Tower/Arch: 53.3 m (175 ft)
Height of Launch Tower: 48.8 (160 ft)
250 FOOT DUAL
Required Footprint: 86 x 57 m (282 x 186 ft)
Height of Flight Tower/Arch: 76 m (250 ft)
Height of Launch Tower: 67 m (220 ft)
The Skycoaster® has grossed over $1 billion dollars at sites around the globe with returns on investments as high as 50% for site owners. This is not only one of the most exciting attractions in the world, but also one of the most iconic and has one of the largest customer demographics of any attraction. An investment in a Skycoaster® provides not only a significant return on your investment year after year but provides you with an iconic marketing brand that has proven over the years to be a popular draw for your customers in every major revenue demographic.
We have over 75 Skycoasters® around the world. Here are a few of them.
The 250-foot Dual Skycoaster® at Wet’n’Wild in Sydney, Australia offers a breathtaking experience. The ride is one of the largest structures in the area and flyers can seemingly see forever before pulling the ripcord and plummeting toward earth.
A 173 ft. Dual Lattice Arch Skycoaster® is positioned stragetically at the front gate of one of North America’s busiest theme parks- Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, ON, Canada.
This 189 ft. Single Lattice A-Frame Skycoaster® has been flying guests over the lagoon in the heart of Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, PA since 1994.
Guests at Valleyfair near Minneapolis keep coming back to the Skycoaster® and make it an annual tradition to ride it when they visit the park.
Perhaps the most dramatic location of any Skycoaster® is at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City, CO. Taking any Skycoaster® flight is thrilling enough, but adding in the visuals of swinging out over a 366 m (1200 ft) canyon created a one-of-a-kind thrill ride experience.
Guests take to the Sky at Oakwood in Narberth, Wales on a 140 ft. Single Lattice Arch Skycoaster®.