Glenwood Caverns swings in some fun
The Glenwood Cavern’s Adventure Park has added a new summer attraction guaranteed to increase the fun level for thrill seekers.The park’s newest attraction, called the Giant Canyon Swing, shoots passengers suspended over the rim of the Glenwood Canyon, 1,300 feet above the Colorado River, at nearly 50 miles per hour. It opened last Saturday.”We’re pretty excited about it,” Beckley said. “We’ve stepped into the next realm with this first-class professional ride.”The swing is an upgrade from the park’s Swing Shot that swung two passengers over the canyon’s edge. While the new swing is a similar ride to the Swing Shot, it’s a shorter, more intense ride, according to Beckley.”It’s much more of an adrenaline rush than the previous swing. It literally takes your breath away,” Beckley said.However, Beckley could only speculate, not having ridden the swing himself as of Thursday, May 20.”It’s just not my kind of ride,” Beckley admitted.But according to Wade Beattie, an employee of the Glenwood Caverns since 2003, it’s one of the most exhilarating rides he’s ever experienced.”I’ve been all over the country testing different rides, and this swing is definitely one of the biggest rushes I’ve experienced,” Beattie said. “There’s nothing like it in this part of the state.”The upgraded Giant Canyon Swing is different from the previous Swing Shot in that it’s pneumatically-powered, seats up to four passengers, and the ride lasts 60 seconds, launching them 112 degrees into the air. Since the swing’s arms are rigid, rather than cables like the old swing, it lifts riders higher than 90 degrees, Beckley said, to an inverted position.This is the latest attraction the Caverns has added in the past few years. In 2009 it added three new attractions, including the Hole in the Wall 4-D ride theater, which combines 3D high-definition films with moving seats, bursts of wind, fragrances and even a water feature; the OK Corral Laser Tag Arena; and a Speleobox Cave Simulator.This is the park’s 11th year in business, and the addition of these rides in the past year has allowed the park to be open year-round instead of being closed during the winter months.To ride the new Giant Canyon Swing will cost $9, plus the cost of the tram ride to the park. Or, visitors can purchase the park’s day pass, which is $39 for adults, $35 for kids 3-12 years old, and includes a ride on the Iron Mountain Tramway and park admission. In addition, the day pass includes unlimited access to the park’s alpine coaster, Giant Canyon Swing, 4D Ride Theater, Laser Tag arena, Bungee Trampolines, and several other attractions. Guests can add a 70-minute guided cave tour for just $5 more. Annual tram passes are available for $25. Group discounts are available.The swing was built by S&S Amusement Rides, who also constructed the Big Shot on the roof of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride the new swing.The park is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.For more information, visit http://www.GlenwoodCaverns.com or call (970) 945-4228, ext. 0.
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