Monday, April 2, 2018

iFly Experience





This past weekend I went to Ifly. It is a simulation of a sky diving experience. I have never done this and neither had my friend so we decided to give it a try.

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Now my friend has actually been sky diving before, I have not.  I was thinking it was going to be like actual sky diving but just inside and not so scary. So I was telling my friend about what I thought it was going to be in my mind and he could not stop laughing. So this is how it went in my mind: We would be in this huge gymnasium and jump off a really high platformIn reality- not even close! We go up the stairs and see the simulation. It just looks like a giant wind tunnel.  
Now for the experience: 

Our reservations were at 7pm. So if you have a reservation, clearly you need to be there shortly before your time. We arrive by at least 6:50, signed the waivers, and headed up the stairs to where we were going to fly. While we were waiting we got to see several people fly and it looked like it would going to be fun. Shortly after this an instructor ushered us into the classroom to watch a short video. But apparently we weren’t in the 7 pm group, because our wristbands said 7:30. We asked why they told us to get there earlier and they said well usually signing the waiver takes more time and people are usually always late. So here we are waiting around again for our reservation. Finally it was our turn to go into the classroom and watch the video and learn some hand signals we needed to know, because once we got in the simulator it was too loud to talk.  

After the video we received a jumpsuit, goggles, and a helmet to put on. I told the instructor that I thought I looked like an inmate in this jumpsuit and someone that should be on Orange is the New Black show. He says well I had to give you the youth one because you are so petite.  

Finally we made in in the area where the flying was going to take place. We all lined up and sat on a bench and one by one we got to go in with the instructor for a minute. A whole minute! Really? We were told that we had two chances in the simulator. The first time was to just get a feel for it, and the second time I thought is when we were able to go up higher. But no, that was additional money. 

So basically we got to go in a wind tunnel twice, a minute each time. Something that took only 2 minutes to complete took over a 2 hour process.  It was fun and we were happy that we did it for the experience but we will not be rushing back to that place. Even with the discounts we had it was still pretty pricy.  We went during what was considered the off season, I can’t imagine what it costs during the on season.  Overall, I don’t think it was worth the price for what you get. I really think that the extra height you have the option to go should be included and not additional, it is already pricey enough.  

We were not allowed to take phones in with us but some of these pictures I took of the people that we watched while we were waiting. You can see by the pictures of how high you got to go if you paid extra compared to ones who did not pay. Sorry for the blurriness but they were moving. 

IFly are located in several places across the Unites States. Have you ever been to one? -L



We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.




36 comments:

  1. My friend took her teenagers to an IFly in Houston last year - she said the same thing, it was really expensive for the time you got, and it irked her as well that you had to pay extra to go higher. I wonder how many repeat customers they get because of this?

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    1. Yeah I don't know. I think you get some type of discount for returning guests. But they'd have to for that price.

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  2. Sounds interesting! Ive never heard of this before. Thats too bad that its so expensive and so short but takes a really long time. Glad you had fun though!

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    1. Yea it was a fun experience, but one and done for me.

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  3. I've seen these places and have always been curious but haven't tried it. Sounds fun but not worth the price. That's a bummer that you have to pay more to go higher.

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    1. I know right? That should be in the the price already.

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  4. Wow, thanks for telling us about your experience. I wonder how many repeat customers they have? How much does real ski diving cost?

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  5. We were talking about trying one out here... but it didn't seem like it'd be worth it. Thanks for the honest review!

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  6. I'm glad you got to try a new experience but you're right- it doesn't really sound worth it to me! Although, I guess if someone is dying to know what skydiving feels like and are too scared to do the actual thing, then maybe it would be worth it. I could definitely see kids thinking it's cool!

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    1. Yea many of the young kids and teenagers seemed to enjoy it.

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  7. We have an iFly near here too and I know people who've done it, but I heard it's expensive. Seriously, you have to pay more to go higher? Oh geez... Glad you tried it so we don't have to!

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  8. Looks fun but no. I am a wimp. I once bought a Groupon for skydiving and haven't used it because now I am scared.

    That is a bummer that you have to pay more to go higher.

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    1. I don't think that it was scary at all. But then I don't think I would do the real thing either.

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  9. I have tried Ifly a few times with my kids we love it! I am usually afraid of heights but not doing this oddly. Super fun!

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    1. I think because it is enclosed so that helps.

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  10. This looks super fun! I've never done anything like this before.
    That's a bummer that you have to pay more to go higher though :(

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  11. We have something like that around here but I haven't tried it. It looks like what I expected though. Looks fun but 2 minutes after all that waiting around is a buzzkill.

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  12. We had one of those in Dallas, but I wasn't interested. I'm a wimp when it comes to things like that.

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  13. That looks SO fun - I've never seen it! I actually really want to go sky diving but my husband thinks I may die, so I haven't. I've actually seen a race in South Florida where you start off with a sky dive, and then you run an ultra/marathon/half etc. Idk if I would do a marathon after, but I think a shorter race afterwards would be awesome

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    1. Oh my goodness that is so funny you mentioned that. My friend that I went with said the same thing about a race where you sky dive first then run a race, heck I thought he may have been making that up.

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  14. We have nothing like this in my area, unless you count actual parachuting from a real airplane LOL Only two minutes? That would be a bummer with all the hype and all the waiting.

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  15. Thanks for the review! I have been thinking about trying this since once opened in our area recently but I had heard that the experience was short. I didn't realize it was as short as two 1 minute sessions! o_O

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    1. Yes, it was very short. I am assuming they are all the same. Unless you want to pay more to go longer.

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  16. I did this once- it was fun although short. :-)

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    1. Yes it was. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was longer.

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  17. Well dang...that's kind of disappointing.
    Plus, I just envision I'd just bounce off the sides of the glass & that'd REALLY be no fun

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    1. Some people did but you just pushed yourself back off of it.

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  18. I've never even heard of that!

    I've just never been interested in sky diving. Friends went when I was in college, and I didn't go at all -- but some of the people that did go didn't end up doing it.

    I think what's missing from that is that you're not getting the cool views you do when you actually sky dive -- but I also still think you were brave to do it!

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    1. I didn't think it was anything like the real thing. Well what I envision of the real thing at least.

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