Skycoaster

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Skycoaster
Xtreme Skyflyer (Arch Tower).JPG
A typical Skycoaster arch tower.
General statistics
Manufacturer Ride Entertainment Group
Designer William Kitchen & Ken Bird
Model Single Swing
Dual Swing
Height 100 ft - 300 ft
A typical Skycoaster's entire structure, including the lifting towers and the main arch
The A-frame tower of the world's tallest SkyCoaster in Kissimmee, Florida

Skycoaster (most commonly named RipCord or Xtreme SkyFlyer at Cedar Fair-owned parks) is an amusement park ride, produced and managed by Skycoaster, Inc., owned division of Ride Entertainment Group. On the ride, riders in groups of 1 to 3 are winched to the top of a launch tower and then dropped towards the ground, swinging from a cable tether back and forth until brought to a rest. Sky Coasters can range from 100–300 feet (30.5–91.4 m) in height. Skycoaster is an Upcharge attraction at most installations, an additional fare is charged to riders who have already paid general admission to the park, and so must pay again for each ride.

History[edit]

William Kitchen, founder of Sky Fun 1 Inc., and Ken Bird originally came up with the idea of the Skycoaster in 1992. They wanted to find a way to let others experience the thrill of jumping out of a plane. They wanted a ride with the same thrills of bungee jumping but with the safety factor of a merry-go-round. Sky Fun 1 Inc. was later sold to ThrillTime Entertainment International Inc. for $12 million.[1]

The Ride Entertainment Group[2] has owned Skycoaster since 2005. Skycoaster has grown their award-winning safety program in that time and remains one of the most popular and safest "extreme ride" in the amusement industry.[1]

Production[edit]

The company is based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah parts are manufactured throughout the United States, with the attractions assembled on site.

The two most common types of Skycoasters are lattice and monopole. Lattice Skycoasters were manufactured in a variety of sizes, but the 173-dual arch and 100-foot single arch were the most common. Monopole Skycoasters were manufactured in a variety of sizes, 100-foot single, 100-foot dual, 180-foot single, 180-foot dual, and one 300-foot unit. Earlier Skycoasters have some unique tower structures that do not fall within these categories.

Flight cables are made of 516 inch (7.9 mm) galvanized steel, which supports 9,800 pounds (4,445 kg), or stainless steel, which supports 9,000 pounds (4,082 kg). However, the maximum weight for a flight is 850 pounds (386 kg), mainly due to the winch. The 3-ring release system used on the Skycoaster is the same kind used on parachutes. The flight suits worn are similar to hang gliding suits, and are made by a parachute company to support weight of up to 10,000 pounds (4,535 kg).

There are two types of Skycoaster loading systems:

  • Rolling boarding platform: A cart is rolled out to and from flight line in order to help the flyers on and off the ride
  • Scissors lift: An elevator-like platform is raised up and down to allow flyers on and off the ride.


Amusement parks with Skycoasters[edit]

Park Name Ride Name Location Height
Fun Spot USA Skycoaster Kissimmee, Florida 300 feet or 91.4 metres
Fun Spot action park/America Skycoaster Orlando, Florida 250 feet or 76.2 metres
Wet'n'Wild Sydney Sydney Skycoaster Sydney, Australia 250 feet or 76.2 metres
Parque de la Costa VertigoXtremo Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina 213 feet or 64.9 metres
Skyborne Skycoaster London, England 200 feet or 61 metres
PlayCenter Skycoaster São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil 197 feet or 60 metres
Wild Adventures Geronimo Skycoaster Valdosta, Georgia 190 feet or 57.9 metres
State Fair of Texas SkyCoaster Dallas, Texas 189 feet or 57.6 metres
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Caribbean Swing Arlington, Texas 189 feet or 57.6 metres
Worlds of Fun RipCord Kansas City, Missouri 189 feet or 57.6 metres
Michigan's Adventure RipCord Muskegon, Michigan 183 feet or 55.8 metres
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort SkyCoaster New Braunfels, Texas 183 feet or 55.8 metres
Kennywood Skycoaster Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Lake Compounce Skycoaster Bristol, Connecticut 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Valleyfair RipCord Shakopee, Minnesota 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Darien Lake Redhawk Darien, New York 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Six Flags Over Georgia Skycoaster Austell, Georgia 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Ultimate Rush Speed & Thrill Park Ultimate Rush Reno, Nevada 180 feet or 54.9 metres
United Entertainment & Tourism Company Shaab park, Kuwait 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Great Escape Sky Coaster Lake George, New York 175 feet or 53.3 metres
Hopi Hari Hadikali Vinhedo, São Paulo, Brazil 174 feet or 53 metres
La Ronde La Catapulte Montreal, Quebec, Canada 173 feet or 52.7 metres
Canada's Wonderland Xtreme SkyFlyer Vaughan, Ontario, Canada 170 feet or 51.8 metres
Seoul Land SKY-X Seoul, South Korea 165 feet or 50.3 metres
Superland Sky Coaster Rishon LeZion, Israel 165 feet or 50.3 metres
Oakwood Theme Park Vertigo Pembrokeshire, Wales 164 feet or 50 metres
Wet'n'Wild Water World SkyCoaster Gold Coast, Australia 164 feet or 50.0 metres
Elitch Gardens Theme Park XLR8R Denver, Colorado 160 feet or 48.8 metres
Kings Island Xtreme SkyFlyer Warren County, Ohio 153 feet or 46.6 metres
Six Flags Magic Mountain Dive Devil Valencia, California 153 feet or 46.6 metres
Kings Dominion Xtreme SkyFlyer Doswell, Virginia 153 feet or 46.6 metres
Carowinds RipCord (formerly Xtreme SkyFlyer) Charlotte, North Carolina 153 feet or 46.6 metres
California's Great America Xtreme SkyFlyer Santa Clara, California 153 feet or 46.6 metres
Six Flags Great Adventure Dare Devil Dive Jackson, New Jersey 153 feet or 46.6 metres
Six Flags Over Texas Dive Bomber Alley Arlington, Texas 153 feet or 46.6 metres
Six Flags St. Louis Dragon's Wing Eureka, Missouri 152 feet or 46.3 metres
Cedar Point RipCord Sandusky, Ohio 152 feet or 46.3 metres
Lagoon Amusement Park Skycoaster Farmington, Utah 143 feet or 43.6 metres
Wild Waves Theme Park I-5 Sky Dive Federal Way, Washington 125 feet or 38.1 metres
Six Flags Great America Dare Devil Dive Gurnee, Illinois 125 feet or 38.1 metres
South Pier, Blackpool Skycoaster Blackpool 120 feet or 36.6 metres
Six Flags America Skycoaster Prince George's County, Maryland 115 feet or 35.1 metres
Frontier City Geronimo Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 113 feet or 34.4 metres
Six Flags New England Taz's Dare Devil Dive Agawam, Massachusetts 113 feet or 34 metres
The Track Family Fun Center Skycoaster Gulf Shores, Alabama 110 feet or 33.5 metres
Luna Park, Coney Island Boardwalk Flight Coney Island, New York 110 feet or 33.5 metres
Karasyk Skycoaster Ayia Napa, Cyprus 110 feet or 33.5 metres
Zero Gravity Skycoaster Dallas, Texas 110 feet or 33.5 metres
Big Kahuna's Skycoaster Destin, Florida 110 feet or 33.5 metres
The Track Family Recreation Center SkyFlyer Destin, Florida 110 feet or 33.5 metres
Tusenfryd Skycoaster Oslo, Norway 110 feet or 33.5 metres
Parque Mundo Aventura Skycoaster Bogotá D.C., Colombia 110 feet or 33.5 metres
Cici Waterpark The Skycoaster Acapulco, Mexico 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Ratanga Junction The Slingshot Century City, Cape Town, South Africa 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Broadway Grand Prix Skycoaster Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Ozark Mountain Skycoaster Skycoaster Branson, Missouri 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Joyland Park Sky Coaster Wichita, Kansas 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Extreme World/Mt. Olympus Skycoaster Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Indiana Beach Sky Coaster Monticello, Indiana 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Morey's Piers - Adventure Pier Sky Coaster Wildwood, New Jersey 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Morey's Piers - Surfside Pier Sky Coaster Wildwood, New Jersey 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Funtown Pier Skycoaster Seaside Heights, New Jersey 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Royal Gorge Park Royal Rush Royal Gorge, Colorado 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Seacoast Adventure Sky Swing North Windham, Maine 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Skycoaster Vallejo, California 100 feet or 30.5 metres
Mitsui Greenland Parachute Drop Arao-shi, Japan Unknown
Tokyo SummerLand Tokyo, Japan Unknown


Defunct Skycoasters[edit]

Park Name Ride Name Location Height
MGM Grand Adventures Sky Screamer Las Vegas, Nevada 250 feet or 76.2 metres
The American Adventure Skycoaster Ilkeston, Derbyshire 200 feet or 61 metres
Kentucky Kingdom Skycoaster Louisville, Kentucky 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Six Flags Fiesta Texas Screamin' Skycoaster San Antonio, Texas 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Six Flags New Orleans Sky Coaster New Orleans, Louisiana 180 feet or 54.9 metres
Opryland USA Skycoaster Nashville, TN 152 feet or 46.3 metres
Six Flags AstroWorld Barnstormer Houston, Texas 151 feet or 46 metres
Parque Mundo Aventura Skycoaster Colombia, Bogóta 125 feet or 38.1 metres
Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe Skycoaster Greensboro, North Carolina 125 feet or 38.1 metres
Bell's Amusement Park Dive Devil Tulsa, Oklahoma 113 feet or 34.4 metres
Geauga Lake Ripcord Aurora, Ohio 100 feet or 30.5 metres

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Waddell, Ray (August 3, 1998). "ThrillTime Entertainment purchases Sky Fun 1; to be named SkyCoaster". Amusement Business 110 (31): 19. 

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