Busch Gardens Tampa is taking guests’ experiences to new heights with Falcon’s Fury, the first drop tower of its kind in the world, mimicking the dive speeds of the fastest animal on earth*. The ride is set to open in late summer.
Falcon’s Fury will stand at 335 feet (102 metres) tall and take riders plunging 60 mph straight down. At the ride’s highest point Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise. Like its bird of prey namesake, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they'll plunge down with speed and power like they’ve never experienced.
The ride has been compared to skydiving by its designers who have used special sequencing technology so that passengers can’t anticipate when they will drop each time.
With no connecting structures, Falcon’s Fury will be 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, and uses 1,000 horsepower. Staff working at Busch Gardens can access the top of the ride by climbing the 365 steps inside the tower – a journey which takes around 35 minutes to complete.
The surrounding area of Falcon’s Fury is also being redeveloped into Pantopia. Currently known as Timbuktu, the fully remodelled Pantopia will boast elaborately-jewelled theming, feature thrilling rides and attractions, sensational new food and beverage outlets, exciting entertainment and shops, as well as and the newly renovated Pantopia Theatre.
Visitors arrive at Pantopia through the Key Gate before making their way through the Transportation Plaza, where its caretaker has created kinetic sculptures from the tuk tuks, trucks, planes, bikes and wagons other travelers have left behind. Botanica is nestled amongst Panatopia’s vibrant surroundings offering an oasis of intricate botanical sculptures leading to The Sitting Place, a modern-day watering hole.