Xtreme Skyflyer

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Xtreme Skyflyer
Xtreme SkyFlyer at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada - 20110717.jpg
The "arch" in 2011 at Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland
Area Action Zone
Status Operating
Opening date 1996
California's Great America
Status Operating
Opening date 1997
Carowinds
Area Planet Snoopy
Status Operating
Opening date 1995
Kings Dominion
Area Candy Apple Grove
Status Operating
Opening date 1996
Kings Island
Area Action Zone
Status Operating
Opening date 1995
General statistics
Manufacturer Skycoaster
Model Dual Swing
Height 45.6 m (150 ft)
Drop 45.6 m (150 ft)
Participants per group 1 - 3
Duration Varies (Anywhere around 3-5 minutes)
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Capacity Total capacity varies
Single rider line available

Xtreme Skyflyer (known as RipCord at Carowinds[1] ) is a Skycoaster at several Cedar Fair parks. The Carowinds and Kings Island models opened in 1995, while the Canada's Wonderland and Kings Dominion models opened in 1996 followed by California's Great America which opened their model in 1997.[2][3] In order to ride the attraction, guests must pay an extra fee.

Structure[edit]

Xtreme Skyflyer is mainly made up of 5 parts. The first part is the "arch". This is where the cables holding the riders are attached to. The second parts are the two towers which hold the lift cables. When riders are ready to release the cable, they are at the top of either tower. The third part is the scissor lift which brings up and down riders from the cables. The fourth parts are the cables that hold the riders during the entire cycle. The final part is the lift cable which brings riders to the top of the ride giving riders the maximum experience.[4]

Ride experience[edit]

Riders first step on to a scissor lift where they are raised into the loading position. Operators then hook the riders onto a cable that brings the riders to the top of the tower and a cable that holds the riders during the free-fall. Once the riders are securely attached to the cable and the operators say it is safe to operate, the scissor lift is brought down and the riders are pulled to the top of the tower. Once the riders reach the top, they must wait until the operator at the bottom says to "pull the cord". The operator will usually say "tower one / two: 3, 2, 1, fly." At this point, the rider at the far right (unless there is a single rider) must pull the cord releasing them from the lift cable. During the first drop, riders experience about 3 to 4 seconds of free-falling. After about 10 swings, an operator will lift a hydraulic cable with a loop at the top which then a rider will have to grab and hold on to. After grabbing the cable, the riders will come to a stop just above the scissor lift. The next riders will step onto the lift where the previous riders will be unloaded and they will be attached to the lift cable where the cycle begins again. One cycle can last anywhere between 3 to 5 minutes.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herlad, Rock Hill (March 29, 2014). "2014 Carowinds season opens today". The State. Archived from the original on April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Carowinds Xtreme Skyflyer". Carowinds. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kings Island Xtreme Skyflyer". Kings Island. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Canada's Wonderland Xtreme Skyflyer Photo". JunSuk (Panoramio). Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Canada's Wonderland Xtreme Skyflyer POV". adpxbluff (Youtube). June 8, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Canada's Wonderland Xtreme Skyflyer POV 2". kemchho2003 (YouTube). August 8, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2011.