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Mandy Gauldin, 970-945-5534
GLENWOOD CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK'S NEW GIANT CANYON SWING WILL OPEN SATURDAY, MAY 22
Giant Canyon Swing is an adrenaline junky's dream: it swings passengers up 112 degrees, at nearly 50 miles per hour, 1,300 feet above the Colorado River
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (May 19, 2010) — The newest attraction at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo., is an adrenaline junky's dream come true. The Giant Canyon Swing will take passengers on an exhilarating ride out over Glenwood Canyon, 1,300' above the Colorado River, reaching speeds of nearly 50 miles per hour. The swing will open Saturday, May 22.
"We've been testing the Giant Canyon Swing for several days now and the reaction is truly incredible," said Steve Beckley, who owns the Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. "It's much more of an adrenaline rush than the previous swing. It literally takes your breath away!"
The pneumatically powered Giant Canyon Swing will take up to four passengers at a time on a 60-second thrill ride, launching them 112 degrees into the air. Rising above the horizon level has consistently elicited screams, and a few exclamations, during testing.
"Since the swing is on an arm rather than cables, it actually lifts you up higher than 90 degrees," explained Beckley. "That seems to be when the screaming really kicks in."
Wade Beattie, who manages the Tram Base and has worked at the Adventure Park since 2003, added, "I've been all over the country testing different rides and this swing is definitely one of the biggest rushes I've experienced. There's nothing like it in this part of the state."
The best value for enjoying the new swing and other Adventure Park attractions is the Day Pass. The Day Pass costs $39 for adults, $35 for kids 3 – 12, and includes a ride on the Iron Mountain Tramway and park admission, plus unlimited access to Alpine Coaster, Giant Canyon Swing, 4D Ride Theater, Laser Tag arena, Bungee Trampolines, GiddyUp! Western ride, Fort WhereAmI maze, Demon the mechanical bull, Doc's Rock climbing wall and Wild West Adventure Wagon. Guests can add a 70-minute guided Cave Tour for just $5 more. It costs $9, plus tram ride, to ride the new Giant Canyon Swing. Annual Tram Passes are available for $25. Group discounts are available.
Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride the Giant Canyon Swing.
The park is open 10a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Longer summer hours will begin on May 28, when the park will hold a Summer Kick-Off Party and "Can for a Tram" concert event featuring The Missing Link Band. For more information, visit us on Vail.net or call 970-945-4228, ext. 0.
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About Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Located in scenic Glenwood Springs, Colo., midway between Aspen and Vail, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers a one-of-a-kind mountain-top adventure for families and outdoor enthusiasts. The Adventure Park features a gondola ride, three different tours of Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves, dining, and attractions including an alpine coaster, 4-dimensional ride theater, laser tag, giant swing, a climbing wall, gemstone sluice box mining, simulated Conestoga wagon experience, bungee trampolines and more. Ideal setting for groups and birthday parties. Some attractions are seasonal. www.glenwoodcaverns.com