I've seen pics of this thing and one word comes to mind: WHOA! How long does it take to get to the top of the tower? How long does it stall at the top before dropping? Last but not least, what in the world does it feel like dropping from 300+ feet?!
I would like to hear your overall thoughts and reviews of the ride!
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It easily blows away any S&S ride. Oddly enough, even after having a season pass at PKI for years now, I never got a ride until this year. I love it. Hands down the best drop ride. You actually have some time to think about the fall.
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Isn't the one at 6Flags over Georgia a standup version of this ride? It tips you forward I believe.
Haven't ridden the SFOG version, but I think DropZone is very scary and exciting. The fact that the ring holds so many people, it feels so big and completely different than the S&S and similar models. The thrusts of wind you feel while you wait in line is intense.
Acrophobia (SFoG's Intamin drop ride) is terrifying...not to mention uncomfortable. When the ride is over, you will be very glad, for two reasons ;)
I have to tell you, that although Acrophobia was fun, it was not nearly as thrilling or exciting as I had expected. I rode for the first time in July and had several different reactions:
- It was much shorter than I had anticipated.
- The tilt out was waaaaay less dramatic than I thought.
- The "standing" aspect was obsolete. It really would have made no difference, except for testicular comfort, if it had full seats rather than the half "bicycle" seats you sit on.
- The tilt and standing aspect really does not add enough to the ride to account for the lower capactity that a full ring of standard seats would have provided.
I like the ride, but having been used to Drop Zone at PKI, which I consider the end-all-be-all tower rides in existance, it did not thrill me at all. It is terrific for those not used to larger drop towers and it works perfectly at SFOG. However I was a bit spoiled going into it and got off thinking only "it's ok."
I am anxious to see and ride Dominion's next season.
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The ride is *THE* most intense ride I've been on, and going up gives you a lot of time to think. just when you think you've got to be near the top, it speeds *UP* as it gets past the braking system (which is probably even more unnerving). At the top, I think you're up for a few seconds, then the drop is just a huge rush.
Personally, I give the Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror the edge as my favorite drop ride *ONLY* because the theming and triple drop program add to the experience, but just cannot compare for intensity.
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I hate the S&S towers. Not even Big Shot thrilled me. I even prefer the first-gen Intamins over them.
Anyway, Drop Zone is da bomb. (suddenly has 'Drop The Bomb' from DDR stuck in head) The only drop ride that comes close is Kennywood's Pittfall... shorter, but better scenery.
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Drop Zone is the *best* thrill ride at PKI, and I really like most of their coasters. What a rush.
The announcement of the one at PKD made that park a "must do" for me next season.
I can't believe it's been almost a year since my last ride.
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DropZone @ PKI was my first drop tower and it litteraly took my breath away. The moment the restraints lifted I knelt down and slapped the ground I was laughing so hard. I said something to the effect.. "Oh so that's what it feels like!". *LOL*
Anyway that same week I also rode PowerTower @ CP and it paled by comparison. DropZone was a short but intense thrill, highly recomended!
"I hate the S&S towers. Not even Big Shot thrilled me. I even prefer the first-gen Intamins over them."
Can I ask why? They all feel pretty much the same to me.
I really enjoy the Power Tower (both shoot-up and shoot-down), but Drop Zone is just an entirely different level of intensity, imho. I kinda wish CP would get one of those too. I know it's "similar" to the S&S towers, but I think there's room for both.
Raven_Rider, I know that, but I was describing how it seems the first time you're on it. You don't necessarily realize the thing speeds up once it gets past the magnets, but unless you know where on the ride you are at any given time, you assume you must be getting near the top at any moment after the rotation stops.
I should also note that I didn't watch the ride along the entire path on its way up, so it took me completely by surprise when we sped up and kept going up. :)
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