Is Falcon's Fury really to be world tallest free standing drop ride?

Saturday, February 1, 2014 2:38 AM

It seems everything I read now about Falcon's Fury says you will drop from "about 300ft" and yet they are still calling it what will be the worlds tallest free standing drop tower ride. It was originally billed as being 335ft, but lately all I read is "about 300ft" which will not make it the worlds' tallest since Kings Islands Drop Zone/Drop Tower is 315ft. So, Have they decided to shorten Falcon's Fury's height since they have stopped saying 335ft? Anyone know?

Last edited by CoasterGoddess, Saturday, February 1, 2014 2:39 AM
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Saturday, February 1, 2014 3:17 AM

Because structure height and drop distance are two different measurements.

Kings Island's Drop Tower is 315 feet tall, but the drop is only 265 feet.

Falcon's Fury will be 335 feet tall with an about-300 foot drop.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Saturday, February 1, 2014 3:19 AM
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Saturday, February 1, 2014 7:30 AM

And BGT's accuracy in the claim is refreshing honesty. Parks are famous for promoting a certain height for an attraction, but measure from the ground to the light bulb on top, and the rider's experience reaches nowhere near that height.

And in their honesty BGT is taking a certain risk here. They risk alarming enthusiasts who worry whether a record might actually be toppled, or even whether the park might've gotten cold feet deciding mid-project to alter plans allowing another park to keep their claim for record height. For at least another season, anyway.

As for me, when I'm in a tiny chair facing straight down, 265, 'about 300', or 315 will all look about the same through screwed-shut eyelids.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:56 AM

All the taller ones aren't free-standing. (Wow, quite a stretch, but)....

You have to remember what BGT went through with the marketing claims about Gwazi...Southeast's longest dueling wooden coaster (oh wait, make that a "double")...

Last edited by rollergator, Saturday, February 1, 2014 1:18 PM
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Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:05 PM

Doesn't Japan's Blue Fall still hold the record?

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:49 PM

Blue Fall is 'only' 330'. I can't wait to ride Zoomanjaro. Lex was amazing.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 3:18 PM

According to wiki, Blue Fall drops from 328' and has a total height of 351' and whilst I know wiki isn't ideal, the other ride stats on the page seem to pan out accurately...

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 8:56 PM

RCMAC said:

And in their honesty BGT is taking a certain risk here. They risk alarming enthusiasts who worry whether a record might actually be toppled, or even whether the park might've gotten cold feet deciding mid-project to alter plans allowing another park to keep their claim for record height. For at least another season, anyway.

Is it really a risk if .01% of guests know any better? :)

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:10 PM

I have been on several different drop towers, and I really don't think all of this record breaking is really going to make that much of an impact on the general park visitor. A record breaking coaster might still have an impact, but I don't think a drop tower would create that much excitement among non-coaster enthusiasts. Here's a list of some that have been on.

Power Tower: Cedar Point

Giant Drop: Great America

Drop Zone? Canada's Wonderland. (Or is it Pit Fall....been a while)

My favorite of these is Power Tower, because the Assent is faster on the drop side, and you are actually thrust downward, instead of just being dropped. I also like that you have the additional option of being launched upward.

I have not been on Drop Zone at Kings Island, but it will be one of the rides that are a must do, if I head down for Banshee. I think that Drop Zone, with it's spinning lift, would kick butt over all of them. Though I don't think the additional 20 or 40 feet of the others will make that much difference.

I have also been on smaller towers, like the one at Indiana beach, which to me, are just all right.

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Monday, February 3, 2014 3:59 PM

Congrats on a post without a single mention of Michigan's Adventure or Geauga Lake.

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Monday, March 24, 2014 12:42 PM

CA Great America has the tallest carousel..

from their website:

Take a spin back in time as you ride the world's tallest double-decker carousel.

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Monday, March 24, 2014 5:47 PM

^Well it has one two identical models that happen to be the tallest, the other one is located in Gurnee at SFGAm.

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Monday, March 24, 2014 7:33 PM

BGT is now billing Falcon's Fury as the tallest free standing drop ride in North America.

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Monday, March 24, 2014 8:31 PM

Well, I guess that finally answers the question posed in the thread's title

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Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:17 AM
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Monday, March 24, 2014 11:20 PM

Tekwardo said:

Blue Fall is 'only' 330'. I can't wait to ride Zoomanjaro. Lex was amazing.

Lex Luthor scared the hell out of me. But you're right... it's incredible. Need to get to Great Adventure...

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:26 AM

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:53 AM

The term "free-standing" is just confusing enough...most people anywhere near BGT wouldn't know or care that there are taller attached tower drops in other parks.

Personally, I think the riding position is what will make or break Falcon's Fury...

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:37 PM

Yes, now girls will feel what gentlemen go through on the Acrophobia type drop rides (naughty bits squeezure)

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