Heide Park--Intamin Drop Tower

Tuesday, July 13, 2004 9:02 PM
Forgive me if this is already posted...I searched and could not find it anywhere.

On Heide Park's website, there is a picture of an Intamin free fall and the only things I can read are the name "Scream" and the height which is 103 meters or 337.9 feet. My understanding was that PKI's was the tallest rotating one and PKD's was the tallest non-rotating one, so I am assuming this is new. I cannot read the site or find info on it elsewhere so I am not sure that it is new. Are the Paramount drop rides the biggest? Is this new?

Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:04 PM
This is new in 2003....PKI's and PKD's tallest in the US? *** Edited 7/14/2004 2:05:55 AM UTC by Kyle Fobe***
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:17 PM
PKD's is the Tallest in North America, IIRC...

And as my recent post talked about, Tower of Terror is the Tallest Intamin(or for that matter, any company) drop ride in the world at close to 400'. *** Edited 7/14/2004 2:18:41 AM UTC by TeknoScorpion***

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 8:42 AM
Heide Park has a "very creative marketing dept."
Remember how they tried to sell Colossos as the worlds tallest "pure" wooden coaster (meaning "SOB" doesn´t count because of its steel loop).

"Scream" used to be an Intamin observation tower which was modified for the 2003 season.
The actual height is something between 70 and 80 meters. BUT it is located ontop of a hill inside the park which means that you will look down on the rest of the park from over a hundred meters.
Legally, they can claim that they have the worlds "highest" Gyro-drop, since the exact meaning of "tall" and "high location" can be a bit fishy in german.

Anyway, its a great ride and since the hill is the only elevation in the flat heathen-land, you really get the sensation to be "high up there".

For me, no coaster can match those seconds before this massive gondola drops to the ground. Its nerve wrecking! No matter how often you ride.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 8:50 AM
According to an article in the Oct 28, 2002 Amusement Business the ride "will be 340-feet tall, the drop will be 234 feet." I think Heide advertises the height from the top of the large flag pole atop the tower, not the height from the point-of-drop.


Wednesday, July 14, 2004 11:27 AM
^Yes, Adam is right. I forgot the stupid flag-pole.
Early concept drawings planned to theme the top of the tower with lots of fake wooden cogwheels, dangling hooks and a huge spear-like antenna. After all the ride is themed to resemble a medi-"evil" aparatus.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 12:25 PM
You'll also notice upon visiting the Heide Park page that while they claim it to be the 'highest' freefall tower in the world, they admit that the actual freefall part of the tower is only 70 meters (roughly 240ft).
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 5:14 PM
Gosh, minus the hill and flagpole, you only drop 2 meters! ;)
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 5:40 PM
PKI's drop zone is 315ft drop and is supposely the tallest gyro drop
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 7:48 PM

Legally, they can claim that they have the worlds "highest" Gyro-drop, since the exact meaning of "tall" and "high location" can be a bit fishy in german.

In English too, since the Strat at one time, and probably still does, claim High Roller to be the highest roller coaster in the world.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 7:54 PM
And I thought Cedar Point was competing with Six Flags Magic Mountain for the highest rollercoaster. ;)
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 7:56 PM

PKI's drop zone is 315ft drop and is supposely the tallest gyro drop

Actually the drop is only about 260 feet.

From PKI themselves (via the website):

Feel your heart drop when you plunge 26 stories from a height of 315 feet straight down at speeds of over 61 mph. on the tallest Gyro Drop in the World!

The beauty part of marketing these drop rides the the many big scary numbers you can use.

Normally the ride is one height, the height you're lifted to is a smaller number and the actual drop is a still smaller number.

In some cases (Like this ride, or Marineland's '450 footer', or even to a degree the Big Shot on the Stratosphere) you can use a number that represents the overall height of the structure from the top to ground level.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 10:58 PM
oh well thanx Lord Gonchar for clearing it up for me so what is the tallest gyro drop?


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