Wednesday, December 20, 2017

iFLY Indoor Skydiving is THE Best LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEA!!!


Still looking for the perfect idea for a gift this holiday season, but you're running out of time? Don't get a run-of-the-mill 'cutesty' gift from the store that you pick up on a whim, get 'em the gift of flight instead! SO reasonably priced, and so much fun. iFLY Indoor Skydiving has locations all across the United States, and quite a few internationally. We visited the one in Orlando, Florida!



I'll walk you through the process, so you can get a first hand look at what this type of experience would entail.


Our flight was late in the evening because we were coming in from another part of the state. The first thing we did was check in and sign our waivers. There is minimal risk, but nothing we were worried about. In fact, my 4-year-old granddaughter (flyers can be as young as 3) was flying with us that day. :)  This is truly a gift or experience for most anyone! We all had a fantastic time, but I think she had the most fun. She's STILL talking about it, and I think that's cool.


There are a couple of skydiving cubicles in the room. One is inside , and the other is inside, but faces the outside so spectators can have a seat and view your flight. We were in the latter of the two.


After you check-in, they take your weight (anyone under 300 lbs. can fly),and lead you to the lockers where you can leave your stuff.


We went into a room with hand signals on the wall, a flight table for practicing (completely optional) and movie. The short movie rolled, showing us what to expect and directing us on proper procedure. 


Our guide, Gator, who was awesome by the way, took the time out to give my son some one-on-one practice with the instruction sets. He did great there, but on the actual flight, he kind of forgot what all the signals all meant. It was okay because the instructor was with him during the flight and guided him through it anyway, making it fun for him instead of frustrating (thank you, Gator!).


We suited up, and got ready to fly.



They ensure you get a properly fitted helmet and flight suit.


While we were waiting our turn, we walked around a bit and discovered a party room. what a fun place for a business or birthday gathering. It would definitely be an event to remember! I think this would also be a great thing to do with your friends on New Year's Eve too (which is right around the corner and will be here before you know it). :)


Soon it was time for our flight. One last photo opp., and into the wind tunnel (probably not the right name for it) we went.


My oldest son went first. He's parachuted many times in the military, but he still thought this was really cool. You can see the spectators sitting outside, watching the flight. 


The instructor came in and did a few twist and turns with him, and that added to the fun.


His daughter went next, doesn't she look like a cute little peanut in there? :)


She did great, and again Gator, the instructor was phenomenal with her, and made her feel right at home. You can see him giving her a hand signal in the photo above.


There is a high flight option you can pay an additional $10 for, and I say definitely you want to do it. There's my granddaughter way up high, and that was easily the most fun part of the entire flight. It would have been fantastic just the way it was, but that extra high flight made it the creme de la creme of fun activities.


They take movies and videos for you that you can view on the screens when you're finished (available for purchase), or you can take your own (theirs are far better than my fuzzy one you see here). You can also access and purchase them online later, if you'd like.


We really just had an awesome time. So if you're looking for a great gift idea that will help create memories, I say gift them an iFLY Gift Card!


This was absolutely one of the MOST fun things we did in all of 2017...and we did a lot of things! Visit the iFLY website to learn more. You can also follow on Facebook and/or Instagram.


Pick up a gift card or have one e-delivered (timing can be scheduled). It's a quick, simple way to delight most anyone. Have a wonderful adventure at iFLY! We did, and we absolutely loved it!

51 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like a blast. And much safer than doing the real thing.

Masshole Mommy said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to try indoor skydiving. It looks like such a fun experience.

Stacie said...

What a fantastic gift idea! Indoor skydiving would be such a fun family experience. I love it!

AiringMyLaundry said...

My daughter wants to do this! We have one nearby and she's been begging for a while. If I find a great deal, we'll so go!

alissa apel said...

That would be fun! I wish we had that here. My boys would be in heaven.

Christie said...

This would be a great way to spend some time together as a family. Looks like way too much fun!

Jamie Nicholls said...

This looks like something I would totally do, since jumping out of an airplane is NOT my thing. I saw something similar to this on a RC cruiseship!

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, I never even knew that such a place existed. sure would be fun to go to indeed. No chance of becoming a smudge in the dirt is a win too lol

Sandee said...

What fun. I'd do this. I'd probably hurt myself at my age, but I'd give it a go.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Scrapbook Adventures said...

OMG this looks soo cool! Although I reckon I would be too much of a scaredy cat to try it!

Brittany said...

OMG I'm afraid to go sky diving....indoor and outdoor! HA

Myrah Duque said...

So much fun! I would like to do this sometime!

Colette S said...

Now this would make a fine gift!
Look at y'all having fun!

Liz Mays said...

I've done this too! It was such an awesome experience and definitely worth sharing with a loved one.

Vaheh Hartunian said...

Have you ever tried actual sky diving? If you have, how does indoor compare to the real thing? I haven't tried either one, but am looking forward to it.

Kaitlin Ryan said...

I want this for Christmas! This would be so much fun! This really is a fantastic gift idea and definitely unique!

Anosa Malanga said...

Now this is a gift I wouldn't mind receiving though my fear is seeking out of my pores lol. Thanks for walking us through the sign up process.

Fashion Wanderer said...

I've seen indoor skydiving in universal studio walk and I never tried before! I would love to try!

Carol Cassara said...

One of the things that I would love to try is sky diving and I'm not sure if I can handle the real one! I think this indoor skydiving is the perfect solution for it!

Pam said...

This is really cool. I know my daughter would love something like iFly.

Ann B said...

This looks so fun! My daughter has always wanted to go skydiving and I think this would be the perfect adventure for her.

mjchristine said...

Omg I want to experience this too!! Even though my dream is to jump in plane and sky dive but this will work I think I would feel the same.

Erin F said...

Oh my gosh! This looks like so much fun! I have seen it on TV before and it looked a MILLION times better than jumping out of an airplane!

Toni | Boulder Locavore said...

What an amazing experience! I would love to try this with my family!

Sara Welch said...

Wow, this looks like a blast. The kids would love it for sure!

Wendy Polisi said...

I've always wanted to go do this. It looks like it's a ton of fun.

Crystal said...

That looks like so much fun! Skydiving has been on my bucket list, but once I had kids I felt like it wasn't worth the risk. This sounds like the perfect way to experience it.

Helen said...

This is so much fun! I would love to experience this one day and will definitely add this to my bucketlist!

Stroller In The City said...

My kids would love to do this! I so need look into one near our house!

Nikki said...

Now see, that's a skydiving experience I could actually handle! I'm too scared to do the real thing, but this seems like the next best thing!

Sarah Camille said...

I have been thinking about going to the iFly near me, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I love the idea of giving the experience to someone as a gift too!

Rachel Ferrucci said...

I want to do this so bad. It looks like so much fun and I now think it's a must!

sunshine said...

Oh how fun!!!!
I know they all had a blast!!!!
Did you do it?

MsBrandiDenise said...

We got one here in KC a few years ago, and I still haven't gone. I really need to do this in 2018!

Binky said...

That does look like a lot of fun.

Jen Sky Walker said...

I would love to do something like this! It looks like so much fun, and I like that my kids could enjoy this!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I wish we had one of these close to us. I would much rather do this than jump out of a real plane! So much safer and you still get an adrenalin rush!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Wow! Talk about a high-flying time. That DOES sound fun, even for an old fartessa like me! I'll have to check into the prices. (We have a LOT of grandchildren...)

Here's wishing y'all a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year.

Heather Jones said...

OMG! How fun! I would totally take some friends or my own kids and do this! I think they need something like this in Colorado! What a wonderful attraction!

Deb Dutta said...

I'd probably choose this over anything really outdoor!! :) Thanks for the tips!

MarciaF said...

My sons would absolutely love this. If we had one where I live I'd get them a gc for it for sure.

Blair Villanueva said...

Omg this is cool experience! I want to experience sky diving but having it indoor first is still awesome.

Gladys Parker said...

That looks so fun. Everyone of my children along with their spouses and children would love this. Maybe a birthday party there my son can not find a thing to do for his January birthday.

Coralie said...

We wanted to try this when we were in Florida, it looks like so much fun. I think we have one here close to me. Great gift idea.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

I saw this on TV and it looks awesome!I would settle for this because I could not do the real sky diving thing.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That's a stellar gift, though I'm too scared to do it myself.

Have a wonderfully, low stress (at least, lower than usual) Christmas, Rosey.

Kendra said...

It looks like so much fun! I bought my mom a gift certificate before and she really loves it!

David Elliott said...

This looks like such a fun thing to do with the family. I am not sure my daughter would be up for it just yet. But I would love to try for sure.

Terry said...

They have a place similar to this not too far from where I live. I cant believe I have yet to go and try it out. It looks like so much fun.

stevebethere said...

Hope you had a nice Christmas Rosey :-)

Happy New Year to you and thank you for your visits :-)

Janet W. said...

This looks like such a fun opportunity! I've never done anything like it before!