iFly Orlando to build new skydive attraction on International Drive


ORLANDO, Fla. — iFly Orlando on International Drive will leap from its current location and open a new sky dive attraction in 2017.

iFly Orlando, which has operated at International Dive and Universal Boulevard for almost 20 years, will build a double iFly tunnel south of Sand Lake Road on the site of the former Hawaiian Rumble miniature golf course between WonderWorks and Ice Bar.

The new facility will be the company’s first double iFly tunnel, according to iFly national sales manager Nick Romeo. He expects the new location to open in January.

iFly mimics the feeling of skydiving without the use of an airplane or a parachute. Packages start at $59.99.

Many Central Florida residents know iFly Orlando as the blue and red building shaped like a giant funnel.  To create the feeling of skydiving, iFly uses a 1,000-horsepower vertical wind generator to suck air up like a vacuum.

iFly operates 50 tunnels around the world. Orlando is the site of the company’s original tunnel.

“Our technology has changed,” Romeo said. “We can only do so much with that tunnel.”

The new location will be at ground level and housed in a glass building, he said. That means that people walking along International Drive will be able to “watch people fly” from the outside, Romeo said.

The new double tunnel will accommodate up to 24 skydivers; only 12 people can fly at a time at the current location.

Romeo said the original tunnel will not close until the new location is open.

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