Busch Gardens Tampa posts video of new Falcon's Fury drop tower

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Go behind-the-scenes at Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa to get a sneak peek at what dropping face down on a 335 foot drop tower is really like.

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Drop tower rides have always scared the heck out of me. I think this one would push me over the edge.

No, no, hell to the NO.

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Tommytheduck's avatar

Weird... not sure how the sudden rotation at the bottom of the fall is gonna feel. I'm sure it will feel a lot better than being thrust into the harness while facing down, but still. I'm interested to try it, but not sure that facing the ground is really necessary. I like looking out at the view from up high. Occasionally, if they leave you up there long enough, you can be so engrossed in the scenery that you forget you're on a drop tower, which makes the drop all the more exciting.

I've never once felt comfortable enough on a drop tower to relax and take in the view... This is every bit as scary looking as I though it would be.

Speaking of scenery, they might've picked a better seat to film that from. From that chair the view isn't all that great, right? HOWever, notice the cars in that backstage area zipping around like toys? And Gwazi way back there seems to be going at about 150 mph. That tells me the climb on this Intamin contraption must be so. slow. that they felt the need to speed that part up for our viewing pleasure. Jeez.

At Cedar Point, Kinzel would have called this a nice, family ride.

LostKause's avatar

RCMAC, I noticed the same thing, but I am sure that sometimes when a ride like this is testing, the climb to the top is intentionally slow. I doubt it will be that slow when ride is open to the public.

And I agree 100% that the view from that particular seat is not a very interesting one. It reveals the behind-the-scenes area that is hidden in the center of the park, instead of showing off some of the more amazing areas of the park.

The ride looks like fun though. I'd only be scared of the tilting mechanism not rotation me back to an upright position before slamming to a stop at the bottom. I don't know if a body could take stopping that suddenly in the forward position without breaking a few bones.

ApolloAndy's avatar

Well, that seat did let you get the view of downtown Tampa which was pretty cool.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Hmmm.. I guess I'll have to watch it again. I was so scared the first time I had my eyes shut.

I think facing the ground during the drop would be a lot of fun. Only concern is comfort of restraints. In my experience, facing the ground isn't typically a very comfortable sitting positiion.

ApolloAndy's avatar

I often look down between my legs on drop towers. It does make the ride quite a bit scarier...and doesn't require any fancy rotating seats.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

kpjb's avatar

I do that all the time, too. Don't even have to be on a drop tower.


LostKause's avatar

Yea... Come to think of it, I really get freaked out on the flying coaster at Kings Island because of the seat orientation. I might not like thins ride too much.

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