Travel Channel show features Giant Canyon Swing
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Giant Canyon Swing has been making headlines — and making people scream — since it opened in 2010, and this summer is no different.
A new show on The Travel Channel called “Ride-iculous” premieres tonight, with back-to-back episodes. The Giant Canyon Swing is featured at 6:30 p.m. mountain time in the second episode, which also includes 72-Story Freefall, a 720-foot nosedive off of a dam in the Swiss Alps.
Ride-iculous celebrates the world’s craziest thrill rides and adrenaline attractions that aren’t waterslides or roller coasters. High Noon Entertainment, a television production company that started in Denver and has expanded to Los Angeles and New York, brought a five-person crew and a four-person cast to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in June to film the episode.
The same week, a crew from RTL Television in Germany was at the park to film the Giant Canyon Swing. That show aired in July at about the same time that a story appeared in The Daily Mail, a newspaper based in the UK with a circulation of 1.9 million readers. That story has been picked up throughout Europe and has helped generate buzz about the ride from all over the world.
The park’s YouTube video of the Giant Canyon Swing has had more than 90,000 views in the past 30 days.
“It’s definitely been another exciting summer,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne. “Film crews generate a lot of excitement with our staff and our guests, and I love having them at the park … especially when they don’t involve me riding the Giant Canyon Swing.”
Beckley, who came up with the idea to place the swing on the edge of Glenwood Canyon 1,300 feet above the Colorado River, has only ridden it once. That happened two years ago when he rode alongside Bert “The Conqueror” Kreischer, also for The Travel Channel. He has no plans to repeat the performance.
For more information about the park, visit http://www.GlenwoodCaverns.com or call 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.
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