Freedom Flyer

Freedom Flyer is a Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster at Fun Spot America. It has yellow track and blue supports. Opened in May 2013, it is 1,295 feet (395 m) long.[1][2]

Freedom Flyer
Fun Spot America Orlando Freedom Flyer Coaster.JPG
Fun Spot America Orlando's Freedom Flyer Coaster
Fun Spot America
LocationFun Spot America
Coordinates28°27′58″N 81°27′22″W / 28.4661863°N 81.4560572°W / 28.4661863; -81.4560572Coordinates: 28°27′58″N 81°27′22″W / 28.4661863°N 81.4560572°W / 28.4661863; -81.4560572
StatusOperating
Soft opening dateMay 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)
Opening dateJune 8, 2013 (2013-06-08)
General statistics
TypeSteel – Family – Inverted
ManufacturerVekoma
ModelSuspended Family Coaster (395m)
Track layoutTwister
Lift/launch systemDrive tire
Height64.3 ft (19.6 m)
Length1,295.9 ft (395.0 m)
Speed34.2 mph (55.0 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration1:03
Capacity758 riders per hour
G-force2.5
Height restriction36 in (91 cm)
TrainsSingle train with 10 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.
Freedom Flyer at RCDB
Pictures of Freedom Flyer at RCDB

HistoryEdit

On December 31, 2010, Fun Spot Action Park announced that they purchased an additional 10 acres (4.0 ha) adjacent to the park, with plans to triple the size of the park adding a number of new rides.[3] In April 2011, Fun Spot Action Park surveyed park guests about what types of attractions they would like at the park. Consensus published by the park indicated they wanted water rides and roller coasters.[4] In August 2011, the Orlando Sentinel revealed that the park had contacted at least three roller coaster manufacturers.[5] In November 2011, it was confirmed that the park would receive two roller coasters: one wood and one steel.[6] The coaster soft-opened in May 2013.[2]

During the 2015 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Trade Show in Orlando, the Freedom Flyer was used to demonstrate Virtual Reality Technology on roller coasters. By wearing a VR headset during the ride, speed, dimensions as well as theming can be vastly extended in the simulated environment, while still experiencing the real g-forces and air-time moments of the actual ride.[7] As of the December 16, 2016, the Virtual Reality aspect was introduced permanently to the attraction. [8]

DescriptionEdit

Freedom flyer's layout starts with a 90 degree turn into a short, 64 foot lift hill, into a curved drop. after that, a hill, into a series of banked turns and then proceeds into an intense helix into the station. there are multiple footchoppers( support beams that are close to the rider's feet, giving the illusion that the rider is going to run into it), and turns that gives decent lateral gravitational force throughout the ride experience.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Freedom Flyer  (Fun Spot America)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  2. ^ a b Bevil, Dewayne (30 May 2013). "Fun Spot brings two new roller coasters to Orlando". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Fun Spot Action Park Becomes "Huge-er"" (Press release). Fun Spot Attractions. December 31, 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Surveys, Surveys, Surveys" (Press release). Fun Spot Attractions. April 26, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Smith, Steven Cole (August 14, 2011). "For your amusement: Fun Spot executive embraces the inner child". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Company. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "New attractions planned for Orlando park". Click Orlando. November 22, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "Attractions – The Show – VR Coaster; Beyond Disney interview; latest news – Jan. 7, 2016". Attractions Magazine. Jan 7, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  8. ^ http://fun-spot.com/virtual-reality-freedom-flyer/