TAMPA Thrill ride developers at Busch Gardens acknowledge that the park’s newest attraction might not be everyone’s idea of a good time.
Falcon’s Fury opens on May Riders will be seated upright and whisked to the top of a 335-foot tower, and then the seat will pivot 90 degrees so the guest is looking straight down. That’s when the ride plunges in a six-second free fall.
Jeff Hornick, director of design and engineering at Busch Gardens, said riders will reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour on the plunge. “It’s a different kind of thrill ride than a roller coaster,” said Hornick. “It’s really polarizing. You’re either really going to want to ride it or not want to ride it at all.” Park officials say it’s the tallest, free-standing drop tower in North America and the only one in the world to feature forward tilting seats.