Busch Gardens Tampa “dropped” some big news today announcing the addition of the Falcon’s Fury drop tower attraction to their line-up of world class thrill rides. The ride will be the tallest free-standing drop tower ride in North America at a staggering 335 feet and have a unique twist that will make it the first of its kind.


This diagram helps to give perspective on how high the new attraction will be.

Riders will begin their hair-raising journey by slowly being lifted up the Falcon’s Fury tower offering yet another amazing view of Tampa Bay and the surrounding area. Then, after reaching the top of the tower, riders will be tilted forward 90 degrees and dropped at speeds of up to 60 mph at 3.5 G’s straight down. This will be a thrill ride like on one has experienced before!



Today’s announcement started with park president Jim Dean making his entrance by “dropping” in from up above the stage in the Moroccan Palace Theater, suspended in a wire harness.

Jim went on to list Busch Gardens’ accomplishments over the years before the following short film was presented.

Falcon’s Fury will reside in the Timbuktu area of the park, taking the space previously occupied by the Sandstorm flat ride and the Busch Flyers kiddie ride. Construction has already begun and the park is aiming for a Spring 2014 opening.

Orlando Parkhopper will be closely following the construction of this thrilling new experience.


  • Eric Davis

    This sounds absolutely terrifying!

  • Gregg Condon

    Can’t wait!!! I’ll volunteer to ride it at Media Day if none of our Florida correspondents are brave enough. 😉

  • I can’t even comprehend this. My legs are jello just thinking about it. I can’t do Knott’s Supreme Scream. And this one is even taller and then tilts you forward so you can watch yourself falling to the pavement. Yikes.

  • Norman Gidney

    OMG OMG. I needed another reason to go back and visit and this might just be it. I can’t wait to go try this thing out!

  • Monorail Man

    Seems like they learned their lesson from Busch Garden’s Williamsburg’s mediocre Mach Tower, and ramped it up a bit.

    One think I like about Mach Tower is that they do a ‘sightseeing mode’ during Christmastime, where it doesn’t drop. Would like to see this here as well, it’s a clever second use for a drop tower. 🙂

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    I’ll ride if for you guys on media day…. but Eric is coming with me so I can hear him scream like a little girl! LOL!! I am TERRIFIED of heights. Even the 1st drop on SheiKra freaks me out when they tilt you at a 90 degree angle for a few seconds before they let you go down the first drop, so as much as I love coasters, I only do that one on special occasions now. But this…. Falcon’s Fury…. OMG. I can’t wrap my brain around it yet. I got almost a whole year to build up the courage to ride this thing. YEEPS!

    • I feel for you Amy. The things we have to do for our readers. 😉

      I suppose it would be too much to ask you to do a skydiving story for us?! 😉

      • Amy VandenBoogert

        SKYDIVING? NO NO NO! You couldn’t even pay me enough to do that!

        Tower of Terror is technically a drop ride, and I’ve done that lots of times and enjoy it. But being 335 feet in the air, tilted to look face down at the pavement? I will be screaming like a banshee/baby. And you will all laugh.

    • Gregg Condon

      I think I need to make it out for Media Day for this one.

      • Amy VandenBoogert

        Come on out! I’m hoping they’ll let me bring guests to it.

    • Eric Davis

      I will be there Amy, screaming like a little girl

  • flatfnder

    Lex Luthor drop of dooom at six flags magic mountain has a 400 foot drop so how is this the tallest drop ride in North America at 335 feet tall?

    • It’s the tallest “free-standing” drop tower. Lex is bolted to the side of Superman.

      • Gregg Condon

        Exactly, what Dusty said. While LL:DOD is “technically” taller this one is most certainly going to be scarier.

        Although I’m fully expecting new cars on LL:DOD that rotate 180 degrees and drop you head first. 😉

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Hard to believe this hasn’t been done before. I’ll have to check out this park one of these years.

  • LoveStallion

    Eeeeeeeeek. I just spent the weekend at Cedar Point, and while I love all of their hardcore coasters, I had to be cajoled to go on the Power Tower and Windseeker, as I hate just lingering up there.

    I could never go on this. I hate tower drops.

    The Sky Cabin at Knott’s, on the other hand, is wonderful.

  • MrTour

    I have often wondered why this concept was not done before…but that does not mean I will ride it!

    • LoveStallion

      Closest I’ve seen is Huracán Cóndor at PortAventura, which tilts the riders forward maybe 20 degrees, but nothing like this.

      • yellowrocket

        Yep. And Acrophobia at SF Over Georgia is similar.

  • Fantasmico

    I feel faint and threw up in my mouth a bit looking at that video.