If you are looking for a break from the regular this year’s vacation, then skydiving is certainly the answer. Luckily, you do not have to get on a plane to experience the feel of the wind in your hair and the sensation of soaring like a bird thanks to Orlando’s Skyventure Center. Travelers coming in on cheap plane tickets can get the thrill of skydiving at Skyventure in their simulation tank instead.
Hop into the wind tunnel at Skyventure and experience winds up to 120 MPH, which is what you would experience if you jumped out of an airplane at 12,000 feet. Travelers of all ages coming in on flights to Orlando can experience the wind tunnel -- pre-teen, teenagers and adults. Even children over the age of three can experience the wind tunnel, if they don’t mind being strapped to an instructor or their parent. Note there are some health and weight restrictions. According to Skyventure staff, if your doctor would not allow you to skydive from a plane, then you should not skydive in the tunnel.
Take advantage of the money you save on low fares and spice up your vacation with the Skyventure simulators. Before you can “take off”, there is a 15-minute training session held by professional skydive instructors. Included in that training session is a 5-minute video, which will show you the proper way to hold your body to prevent additional stress during the simulation. Don’t worry if you do not understand the positioning and instructions fully, because an instructor will be in the simulator with you at all times to make sure your safety is at the forefront.
Group rates and tickets are available and can be purchased online while you purchase cheap plane fares. Note that no matter the size of your group, only two people are allowed into the simulation tank at once. Luckily, the entire tank is surrounded by Plexiglas plates, which means family, friends and those walking by can watch as you take on the “sky” and experience what it is like to fly.
During the simulation, each person will have two, one minute sessions. The amount of “air” a person will get depends on their technique and how quickly they catch onto keeping their body in the right position in order to soar with the wind. While some people catch on right away, others spend their session bouncing around and flying sideways. Admission fees vary depending on the time of year travelers catch flights to Orlando, but the average ticket hovers around $40 per person or $240 per group of five. Therefore, take advantage of the training session and watch others to see how they hold their bodies in order to make sure you get the best “air” too.