iFly Indoor Skydiving and Virtual Reality
Our friends at iFly Dallas invited my family out to try the new How to Train Your Dragon Virtual Reality Indoor Skydiving experience.
When iFly Indoor Skydiving invited the family to try the new How to Train Your Dragon Virtual Reality experience, I jumped at the chance. *Punny, right?* My husband and I took our 9-year-old Izaiah to see what this whole skydiving virtual reality thing was about. Let’s just say, wow.
iFly Indoor Skydiving Review
Ever wonder what this whole indoor skydiving thing is about? Here is our iFly Indoor Skydiving review. All opinions are my own and hopefully this will help prep you for your flying experience.
First things first, you will need to schedule a time for your “jump.” Visit iFlyworld.com and find indoor skydiving near you.
We scheduled a spot at our local iFly location in Frisco, TX.
When we arrived, the process was super simple to get started. There was a form to fill out on the touch screen monitor and then next thing you know, we were directed to head upstairs for training.
Indoor Skydiving Class
Before experiencing iFly indoor skydiving, there are a few things that you need to do including an indoor skydiving class. An instructor, who will be with you in the wind tunnel – will give you the full run down on the indoor skydiving experience. From how to position your body, to several hand signals – this prep class will help make sure you have the best flying experience.
Prepping to Jump
After class, the instructor preps you for your jump. And by jump, I totally mean – jump into the wind tunnel in which you will “skydive” in. There are a few things that you have to have fitted before you make your way into the wind tunnel.
The skydiving instructor will make sure that you are fitted into the proper jump suit. The suit is a bit baggy and features handles to help the instructor guide your fly.
The helmet will help keep your noggin safe.
Virtual Reality Headset
Since we did the How to Train Your Dragon virtual reality package – we were fitted for a virtual reality headset.
Something I didn’t think about was the noise of a wind tunnel. The wind tunnel is LOUD! Your instructor will give you a pair of ear plugs to reduce the noise. This is why they teach your hand signals in class, you can’t hear anything inside of the wind tunnel!
Let’s Indoor Skydive!
After the training at the indoor skydiving class, the fitting of the suit, helmet and VR set and placing of the ear plugs – you are just about ready to indoor skydive!
Our instructor led us to the wind tunnel area to start our flight experience. Just outside the actual wind tunnel – is a bench area for waiting. You will wait your turn, and before you know it – it will be you in the wind tunnel.
The iFly package that you purchase will determine your flight experience. Our package included 3 flights, including a high-fly and virtual reality experience.
Our first flight was a getting to know you type experience. The instructor will have you raise your hands and think trust fall – but fall forward into the wind tunnel. The wind tunnel will propel you into flight with the guidance of your indoor skydiving instructor.
Your arms will be straight out with a slight bend. Your legs will be straight out, slightly relaxed and split apart. You want to remain still and watch for the instructor’s directions.
60 Seconds Per Flight
We had 3 flights. Each indoor skydiving flight is 60 seconds. There is a monitor featuring a counter to let you and your instructor know how much time you have remaining in your flight. While 60 seconds may not seem like a long time – in the wind tunnel it feels much longer.
For an additional fee, you can fly high with the instructor. We did this on our second jump. This feature the indoor skydiving instructor flying you up high in the wind tunnel and doing a circle in the air. Our instructor took us up a few times each, it was a surreal experience – for sure.
On our last flight, my son and husband tried out the indoor skydiving virtual reality option.
How to Train Your Dragon Virtual Reality Indoor Skydiving Experience
New this year, is the How to Train Your Dragon virtual reality experience. You will put on a virtual reality headset before you jump into the wind tunnel. Once in the wind tunnel, the instructor is shown what you are seeing on a monitor. She or he will then help guide your experience so that you feel like you are flying in the virtual reality realm. Talk about an immersive experience. My son has not stopped talking about his iFly experience.
iFly prices depend on a few factors including: how many people are flying, how many flights are you flying, will you do the virtual reality experience or the high fly experience? For 1 person, prices start at $79.95. Consider going with a group of friends to get a discount!
Events at iFly
iFly also offers a number of events and activities.
iFly Birthday Party
Our older 2 kids went to an iFly birthday party and loved it. There is a party room for food and will definitely create a memorable birthday!
STEM Field TripsThe iFly STEM program using their state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel to inspire and educate students. Trained and reviewed STEM educators will guide your students through an interactive presentation, demos in the wind tunnel and grade-appropriate lab activities.
Indoor Skydiving Classes
We experienced iFly mid-week. Between our fly sessions, there were several people taking indoor skydiving classes. If you enjoy your experience and want to learn how to fly, flip and dance in the wind tunnel, like the professionals – consider indoor skydiving classes.
Check out our iFly video on Youtube.
Thanks iFly Dallas for having us out! This was an experience that we won’t forget (and our son won’t stop talking about!)