Florida’s latest thrill ride Falcon’s Fury has opened at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
The first drop tower of its kind in the world, the ride stands at 335ft (102m) and takes riders on a 60mph plunge in a face-down dive position.
The ride has been compared to skydiving by its designers who have used special sequencing technology so passengers can’t anticipate when they will drop each time.
With no connecting structures, Falcon’s Fury is the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America and passengers will be able to see as far as St Petersburg Clearwater.
Over 100 tonnes of steel has been used to create the tower, that’s the weight of over 25 elephants!
The area surrounding the ride has also been redeveloped into Pantopia with jewelled theming, rides and attractions, new food and beverage outlets, and entertainment and shops.
UK visitors to Florida can now experience three parks for the price of two until December 31 2015. The 3-Park Ticket offers 14 days unlimited entry to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Busch Gardens Tampa with prices starting from £85 for adults and £81 for children.
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