The Mystic Mountain adventure park in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, offers a unique experience that captures both the natural beauty and the vibrant culture of the island. The park’s most famous attraction, the bobsled ride, is inspired by Jamaica’s historic involvement in the Winter Olympics.
The idea for the ride stems from the 1988 Winter Olympics, where Jamaica’s national bobsleigh team made their debut. This underdog team from a tropical nation, where snow is non-existent, competing in a winter sport typically dominated by colder countries, caught the world’s imagination. Their unlikely journey was later immortalized in the 1993 film “Cool Runnings,” which introduced their inspiring story to an even wider audience.
In 2008, Mystic Mountain opened its doors to the public and the bobsled ride quickly became its signature attraction. The ride is designed to mirror the experience of a bobsleigh run. It takes visitors on an exhilarating journey through the lush rainforest on custom-designed, high-tech sleds.
Traveling along a 1000-meter long track, riders control their own descent with an in-sled braking system, allowing for either a leisurely ride or a heart-stopping thrill ride down the mountain. The ride was designed not only for the enjoyment of visitors but also to showcase the beauty of the Jamaican landscape, with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and Ocho Rios from the top of Mystic Mountain.
Mystic Mountain’s bobsled ride carries forward the legacy of the Jamaican bobsleigh team while offering a fun, engaging, and uniquely Jamaican experience to visitors from all over the world.
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