Stockholm, Sweden: For the season of 2017, Gröna Lund will add another white-knuckle ride to the amusement park. Ikaros will stand 95 meters tall and will drop you in a 90-degree angle (completely horisontal) towards the ground. This will be the world’s second attraction of it’s kind and it will be unique by design.
Imagine sitting in a seat, with over-the-shoulder restraints, and your legs dangling high above the beautiful city of Stockholm. Suddenly, your chair is tilting more than 90 degrees, putting you in a totally horizontal position, facing the ground. Then comes the drop…
When Gröna Lund opens the amusement park for the season of 2017, Ikaros will definitely challenge the courage of most visitors. Would you dare to experience the worst fall in history?
I have pretty much experienced all that there is in an amusement park. So I can honestly say that this is one of the most terrifying drop towers in the world, but also one of the most exhilarating. The feeling of adrenaline pumping through your system as you fall towards the ground is hard to beat. I would really recommend everyone who has the courage, to try Ikaros, says Johan Tidstrand, majority owner of Parks and Resorts Scandinavia.
Icarus arrogance became his fall
The name of this new Sky Jump is borrowed from the Greek mythology, where the master craftsman Daedalus, and his son Icarus attempted to escape their imprisonment from Minos, by constructing wings from feathers and wax. As he was flying towards his freedom, Icarus flew too close to the sun. The wax in his wings melted and he fell towards the ground. The top decoration of the drop tower will, therefore, consist of a golden sun, because the closer you get to the sun, the closer you get to the fall…
Ikaros will become Gröna Lund’s 31st ride
Apart from having the most roller coasters per square meter in the world, Gröna Lund is also the home to one of the tallest StarFlyers in the world (Eclipse) and to the tallest Free Fall Tilt in Europe. In 2017, this small but unique amusement park will be the proud owner of the second Sky Jump in the world, as Ikaros will become the 31st ride at this 133-year-old waterfront park in the middle of Stockholm.
Facts about Ikaros
Total height: 95 meters
Maximum speed: 90 km/h
Fall angle: more than 90 degrees
Height requirement: 140 centimeters
Capacity per ride: 2 gondolas with 8 seats each
Ride type: Sky Jump
Opening in: 2017
Gröna Lund is the oldest amusement park in Sweden and part of the Parks & Resorts Scandinavia theme park Group, together with Kolmården, Vildmarkshotellet, Furuvik, Skara Sommarland and Aquaria Vattenmuseum. Gröna Lund offers 30 attractions, six restaurants, numerous lottery and pentathlon stalls, plus food and snack stands. Gröna Lund also offers a wide range of entertainment including concerts, dance evenings and children’s entertainment. The amusement park employs approx. 1,400 employees during the course of a season, receives around 1.5 million guests per year and generates a turnover of approximately SEK 500 million, making Gröna Lund one of Sweden’s leading tourist attractions.
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