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Slingshot - Amusement Ride Extravaganza

Slingshot

Developed and manufactured in Austria in 1996, the Slingshot (also known as Bungee Rocket) uses kinetic energy to catapult 2 human bodies 60 metres into the sky in seconds.

The ride consists of a 2-person capsule anchored to the ground, suspended between two lengths of bungy chord. The cords are armed with up to 40 tonnes of kinetic energy along the two 50+ metre supports on either side of the capsule via elasticity of the cord or steel cables attached to a spring box.

The capsule tilts back, and the riders find themselves in a reclined position, nervously gazing up into the sky. The operators begins to count backwards (if you’re lucky) 10…9…8…7…LAUNCH! The capsule and its two human occupants rocket into the sky, reaching a height of 57 metres (20 percent higher than the supports) in around 2 seconds, exposing riders to 5 - 6 G’s as they reach a speed of over 150 kilometres per hour. In seconds, the capsule reaches the apex of its trajectory then ‘GROUND RUSH’ as it is pulled towards earth. The cycle repeats itself again as the cords fight gravity; the capsule tipping and tumbling as it completes its 10 bounce cycle before it is locked back into the loading position (usually by an electro-magnet)

Most Bungy Rockets will have a video camera and microphone mounted inside the capsule to show on-lookers the rider’s G-force distorted faces and fearful expressions, with an option to buy a souvenir video.

Australia has a travelling Funtime Sling Shot imported from Austria, standing at an impressive 65 metres and fitting onto a single trailer.

Due to low rider capacity (2 persons), fairgoers can expect to pay around four times more than a standard carnival ride, optional purchase of a souvenir t-shirt or DVD of the ride experience too.

48 Responses to “Slingshot”

  1. Hi

    I have a business in Tenerife http://www.greenbananaguide.com and one of my clients has just taken owner ship of a complex with a bungee rocket, we are trying to make contact with the company that installed it, the Bungee rocket is in Tenerife las americas on a complex called Pleasure Island.

    hope you can help

    Lee Jones

    lee jones - May 14th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

  2. This is a good ride, but for a better ride there is the Ejection Seat from Gravity Works that uses real bungee cords and the one from Technical Park is also better. The Three Funtime rides here in Central Florida are not intense at all. I’d like to see a real bungee slingshot ride back in the Orlando area.

    Bruce - June 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

  3. Has anyone EVER been on the Gravitron ride!

    ba-boss-bomb - July 2nd, 2009 at 6:48 am

  4. Hey Dave, I did four in a row on the Slingshot in Daytona Beach. This is a pussycat ride. My aim is to do ten or more on the Slingshot rides where bungee cords are used, in turn they provide more action.

    Bruce - July 3rd, 2009 at 8:43 am

  5. If anybody that has connections to the Ejection Seat and or the Verticle Accelerator, both use bungee cords, I’m interested in going for record setting number of launches in a row on these great rides. These rides provide more action than Funtime’s Slingshot. My e-mail is bdbell1940@yahoo.com

    Bruce - July 19th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

  6. it is so sik

    beau huggett - October 8th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  7. Funtime’s Slingshot rides are just not sick, they are pathetic. All they do is go up and down, with no real action. You do not need a slow motion camera to see how they flip riders. Their flips ARE in slow motion. GET THE BUNGEE RIDES BACK!!!!

    Bruce - January 24th, 2010 at 10:17 am

  8. oh i loved it and the ones pictured above are the funtime ones! i looked on the board outside the ride and it said that the company was funtime

    Joe - February 20th, 2010 at 11:16 am

  9. f*#@ing mad ass

    dale - March 25th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

  10. this ride all i could see is the ocean

    kelcey kelly - March 27th, 2010 at 2:16 am

  11. this ride is awesome i wish i culd sooooooo do this again i will never forget u daytone bech i love yooooooh

    kelcey kelly - March 27th, 2010 at 2:17 am

  12. fuuuuuuuuuuccccccccccck u

    kelcey kelly - March 27th, 2010 at 2:17 am

  13. how much does this cost

    jason dockins - April 2nd, 2010 at 7:19 am

  14. Check the rides that use the real bungee cords and you’ll see that the Funtime Slingshots are not worth the money.

    Bruce Bell - April 12th, 2010 at 6:13 am

  15. oh my god all you do is toss and turn as well as being 200 feet up in the air

    george - May 1st, 2010 at 5:57 am

  16. Whenever the term bungee used on the Funtime Slingshot rides, this is misleading. These rides use wires and springs, that’s why the action is poor. There are NO bungee cords what so ever on the Funtime rides.

    Bruce Bell - May 2nd, 2010 at 11:45 am

  17. Whoever said that Funtime’s Slingshot ride bounces 10 times must have had one too many to drink. Their ride goes dead after the third bounce. Go to Cobra Adventure Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, you’ll see a real Slingshot ride that uses genuine bungee cords, not imitations.

    Bruce Bell - May 15th, 2010 at 8:57 am

  18. Just get me the Verticle Accelerator and or Gravity Works Ejection Seat. They both use bungee cords. These rides I would really like to establish records for the highest number of launches in a row. Anybody who sees this and has some connection to these rides, my e-mail is bdbell1940@yahoo.com. I am very serious about wanting to go for a record riding these bungee rides.

    Bruce Bell - May 15th, 2010 at 9:14 am

  19. I went to Cobra Adventure this past Saturday. Rode their Verticle Accelerator. This ride puts Funtime’s Slingshot ride to shame with its aerial acrobatics. Funtime’s ride using wires and springs, hardly does anything. I am VERY MUCH determined to go for the most launches in a row riding the Verticle Accelerator, that uses real bungee cords, no imitations, and the closeset to me that has this ride is at Cobra Adventure in Panama City Beach, Florida. I know I can do ten launches in a row, but I’m determined to do alot more, if this can take place. My e-mail is bdbell1940@yahoo.com Any connection to this ride that sees this, I’m ready to do this.

    Bruce Bell - May 31st, 2010 at 12:20 pm

  20. i rode this ride today(6/15/2010) and by far all of the rides i have ever rode is THE BEST EVER and my fav. ride b4 this one is the gravitron. The Gravitron is a ride that looks like a UFO and it spins u around very very very fast(not a ride for fat people) and its amazing but the slingshot is just overwhealming just like WOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!! WHO EVER made this ride is an absolute GENIUS!!!!!

    kory bartlett - June 16th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

  21. The vertical Accelerator was SICK!!!!! If you want some extra awesome action you HAVE to ride that!!!! I am going to daytona this week but I dont know if the slingshot there can match up to the vertical accelerator!!!!!!!

    ben Gagnon - July 10th, 2010 at 11:40 am

  22. This ride is so friggin scary. Trust me I went on this at Steel Pier at Atlantic City

    mb - July 30th, 2010 at 5:07 am

  23. i literally shat in my pants

    Dale - August 5th, 2010 at 9:36 am

  24. the absolute best thing in the whole world the skycoster next to it second

    Samantha - August 29th, 2010 at 6:50 am

  25. This was an awesome ride! The boyfried and I did it and it brought us closer together. I didn’t want to do it at first because it looked so scary, but I’m glad I did! Fun Fun Fun!

    Bridget - September 22nd, 2010 at 10:26 pm

  26. To the moon and back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lindsay - October 24th, 2010 at 12:07 am

  27. IDK Y But i think i would maybe ride this! . .. . . . for 1 million bucks maybe!!!

    Angel - December 21st, 2010 at 6:27 am

  28. i would NEVER do this

    baha - December 27th, 2010 at 8:24 am

  29. I absoultly love the sling shot n definitly will do it again. ONE BIG PROBLEM…i PAID $75.00 FOR ME N A FRIED 2 GO ON IT AND WAS SUPPOSED TO GET THE VIDEO OF US BUT I DIDN’T…CAN SOMEONE PLEASSE GET BACK 2 ME AND LET ME KNONW ANYTHING THAT I CAN DO TO GET THE VIDEO I PAID FOR!!!!!!

    Amanda Whittaker - April 27th, 2011 at 9:37 am

  30. I also paid for a Video was given a thumbdrive which as NO SOUND AT ALL….. The worker (he) first had it on a DVD and then said I could get it on a thumb drive braclet. Failing to tell me that the AUDIO was not be recorded. We rode this on July 22, 2011 and want someone to please contact me on receiving my VIDEO with SOUND…. Thank you, Shelia Tate (Georgia)

    Shelia Tate - July 26th, 2011 at 12:45 am

  31. hi, my friend insists the bugee rocket in mallorca is higher than the bugee rocket (sling shot) in ibiza, which ive been on, can anyone confirm this please.

    Peter Fletcher - July 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am

  32. I rode this last Monday, and it was a total rush! Paid $75 for me and my brother to ride, and got a video of the ride (WITH audio) on a USB bracelet and 2 souvenir t-shirts. As soon as we got back to Earth, the operator said we could go again for $20, and put both rides on the same USB stick. A couple of buddies went next, got a great price, and put the vid of their ride on the same USB at no extra charge. I’m sure that the rides that use real bungee cords are way wilder and unpredictable, but since this was my first time riding something like this, we had a blast! Recommended!

    Ben Brown - September 21st, 2011 at 10:41 am

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  34. this is like the bungee!!!!!!

    oliver - December 4th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

  35. its gonna break! email me at ollie.acl@gmail.com.

    oliver - December 9th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

  36. loved et so much f**king awsome ride love the person who invented it well done chum chum lol , feel like going on it again haha but wouldnt be the same cause you know what to expect hahaha woohoooo

    BabyGee - January 16th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  37. i did this back in october well ragin as my dvd is blank never thought to try it out there :( i would like someone to contact me about this.

    laura wilson - February 26th, 2012 at 5:05 am

  38. should also of said ibiza

    laura wilson - February 26th, 2012 at 5:06 am

  39. Fun ride, doesn’t last very long though. The thrill is really ony the launch and a few spins at the begining. Got a thrill regardless at this years 100th of the Calgary Stampede.

    Rose - July 10th, 2012 at 2:31 am

  40. I did the ride in Daytona on Oct 12 late afernoon. I had a white hat on that I held on to and was with a guy. I wish now I would have bought the video. Is it to late? Thanks!

    Kim Hoffman - October 18th, 2012 at 3:46 am

  41. Where I can I go to ride the Sling Shot?

    Gabriel Reyes - March 10th, 2013 at 3:44 am

  42. I agree with the people who have compared the Funtime sling shot with the Ejection seat ones. I have been on both. I have been on a Funtime one at Lagoon in Utah, and I have been on the Ejection Seat at a couple of different fairs, which has honest to goodness bungee cords. Ejection Seat is way more intense. Sadly they don’t seem to crop up anywhere as much anymore.

    Mike Ford - May 5th, 2013 at 3:51 am

  43. I rode the Sling Shot on International Drive in Orlando Florida. The tallest in the world. It was pretty intense being 13 years old! I suggest that on to anybody who hasn’t rode one ever cause that was the first time I’ve ridden a Sling Shot and we did it 2x consecutively! It was a blast! I couldn’t feel my arms though. I suggest jumping up and down afterwards. Only because of the force given at take off. I saw all of Orlando in a matter of seconds.

                  -Cheslea Belcher (from Georgia)
    

    Cheslea Belcher - June 18th, 2013 at 6:32 am

  44. I vaguely remember riding a bungee version of is type of ride in Galveston, TX a few years back. Can’t remember which park it was at, definitely not on the sea wall though. I distinctly remember there being a whole lot of bouncing for what seemed like several minutes, so it couldn’t have been a Funtime,

    Kelsey - August 1st, 2013 at 5:35 am

  45. hi I have some information about slingshot tools and their supplier and price,it is possible for you to help me Thank you

    sam - December 6th, 2013 at 8:47 am

  46. My sister tried the Sling Shot at Magical Midway in Orlando Florida and she loved it even though its the tallest one in the world. I chickened out and did not go on it because it said it launches you 396 feet into the air which scared me.

    Erron Bennett - January 20th, 2014 at 3:23 am

  47. hello i be happy to know where i can get more info about slingshot ride thenx

    roi - May 28th, 2014 at 4:15 am

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