Florida amusement park asks owner of Orlando FreeFall to suspend operations


The Florida amusement park where a teenager died last week is asking the ride’s owner, SlingShot Group, to suspend operations ‘effective immediately’ of the drop tower ride and Orlando’s SlingShot ‘until which attractions are found to be safe by authorities.”

ICON Park announced the news in an update on its website.

Authorities said Tire Sampson, 14, visiting the park with his family from Missouri, died Thursday in Orlando after being fell off an amusement park ride.

“As the owner of the 20-acre entertainment destination in the center of Orlando’s entertainment district, ICON Park’s mission is to provide safe family entertainment,” the park said. “We rely on our tenants to be experts at what they do. In the interest of public safety, ICON Park is demanding that SlingShot Group suspend not only the operation of Orlando FreeFall, but also the operation of ‘Orlando SlingShot, effective immediately, 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.’

The amusement park said it continues to cooperate fully with ongoing investigations.

According to a February Facebook post, the amusement park called the 430-foot ride “the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower.”

The ride opened late last year, according to the Associated press.


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