ICON Park issued a statement last night that they have formally notified the SlingShot Group, owner of the Orlando FreeFall, demanding the suspension of not only Orlando FreeFall but also Orlando SlingShot effective immediately until it is proven to be safe by authorities.
The Orlando FreeFall which is currently the world's tallest drop tower, standing at 430 feet and only opened on December 28, 2021 is closed indefinitely following the incident on Thursday evening when a 14-year old boy tragically died. A full investigation in underway which ICON Park is cooperating fully with.
The Orlando Slingshot also opened on December 28, 2021 at ICON Park and is the world's tallest slingshot attraction at 300 feet tall, launching two riders out of an "exploding volcano” to approximately 450 feet into the sky at more than 100 mph.
Through the statement issued last night, ICON Park is demanding that the Orlando SlingShot is also closed in order for a full safety check to be carried out to ensure the ride is completely safe for all riders. The statement reads:
"As the landlord of the 20-acre entertainment destination in the center of the Orlando Entertainment District, ICON Park’s mission is to provide safe, family entertainment. We rely on our tenants to be experts at what they do. In the interests of public safety, ICON Park demands that the SlingShot Group suspend not only the operation of Orlando FreeFall but also the operation of Orlando SlingShot, effective immediately, continuing until such time as a thorough investigation by the appropriate authorities has been completed and all parties are satisfied that the rides are safe for the public."
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the boy who tragically died. We will update you on announcements regarding the Orlando FreeFall and Orlando Slingshot on our news and Facebook page.
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