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It is confirmed to be Intamin...as if there was any doubt!

 

Who else would build such a kickass pushing the limit drop tower!!!???

 

I nominate Chris and Andrew to go to Media Day with us. I will even spring for buying the new underwear and pants that will be required.

 

People waiting below would have to wear rain slickers.

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Am I the only one who prefers the Intamin 2nd generation drop towers (the ones with several 4 seat cars) over the newer gigantic Gyro drop style towers with the 40 person seat ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings (acrophobia is the exception)?

 

No, I think the 2nd Generation towers are light years ahead of their Gyro Drops. Apart from looking cool and spinning, it's not even close. I (also) think Acrophobia is the lone exception.

 

Falcon's Fury...wow. Looks incredible. I'm basking in their choice of Intamin as the manufacturer. Everyone who played a role in this decision deserves an award. The last time I was this excited about a ride being installed in Florida was Sheikra all the way back in 2005.

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Looks like it's going to be one awesome drop tower. Nice to see Intamin pushing the limits again.

 

It's going to be interesting to see how the restraints turn out, something which makes you feel exposed to the elements / minimalist yet holds you in comfortably but doesn't make you feel like you're wrapped in cotton wool would be great!

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^Actually, it was posted a little further back (semi-confirmed by Screamcape) that Sandstorm is just going to be relocated and not taking out altogether.

 

Looks like a big Orlando October trip is in order for next year!

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^ They ended up deciding to retire the ride altogether now.

 

I think it is clear that there will be some kind of ankle restraint for a 90 degree tilt. This is definitely going to have some elements of an over the shoulder restraint, but we will have to see. I just hope that this is better than Drop of Doom because I was really disappointed. Even after some of the 2nd gen Intamin towers, the ARM Larson towers are still the best, IMO.

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"What goes up must come down."

I was really hoping they were talking about Gwazi.

 

The tower looks great though!

 

Haha

Agreed though this tower looks absolutely insane!

 

Is it just me or does this ride just remind you of Sheikra on how a bird dives? All it is is just taller than Sheikra, different bird, and not a coaster. It still "dives" down. I don't know...just my thinking...

 

Except Sheikra pulls up and keeps moving on track, this just makes you feel like you are actually going to hit the ground face first.

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I wonder if the cars will have the ability to not tilt some of the cars? Don't some Intamin towers have tilting and non tilting seats on the same ride? I love the idea of the face first 90 degree plunge but that might just be too much for some people and a non-tilting seat might be a decent option.

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I wonder if the cars will have the ability to not tilt some of the cars? Don't some Intamin towers have tilting and non tilting seats on the same ride? I love the idea of the face first 90 degree plunge but that might just be too much for some people and a non-tilting seat might be a decent option.

 

That would be pretty cool. I wonder what the capacity is on this, and if they could have one of the sections of seats not rotate.

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UGH this is looks absolutely terrifying! I can't THINK of the last time a thrill ride/roller coaster has made me think/say that out loud. WOW! I need to get back to Florida and try this. Holy crap. Looks like the best drop ride.

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I'm quite impressed with this ride. It was only a matter of time before someone did a face down freefall and no one can do it better than Intamin.

 

Though a totally different ride if anyone remembers Vertigo at CP, the S&S Thrill Shot, there was a program where you got launched up and at the top the seat tilted over 90 degrees and you were facing down as you plummeted to the ground. A very thrilling sensation that is only going to be magnified on Falcon's Fury.

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That would be pretty cool. I wonder what the capacity is on this, and if they could have one of the sections of seats not rotate.

 

I don't think they can get over 480 an hour. Luckily, this is one of those rides that I think A LOT of guests won't ride due to it's sheer terrifying nature! Hoping for Quick Queue on it for sure!

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That would be pretty cool. I wonder what the capacity is on this, and if they could have one of the sections of seats not rotate.

 

I don't think they can get over 480 an hour. Luckily, this is one of those rides that I think A LOT of guests won't ride due to it's sheer terrifying nature! Hoping for Quick Queue on it for sure!

 

I think the first couple years on this bad boy sustain it for pretty long lines. Or until this rumored Gwazi replacement will bring.

 

Regardless, I'm glad Busch is pushing themselves a little more on a cutting edge ride. They've got some serious movement going on an hour east of them with everything Universal and Disney are doing in the next couple years. I hope they keep the momentum up.

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