Falcons Fury - Busch Garden Tampa
Today Busch Garden Tampa announced Falcon’s Fury, a new drop tower ride coming Spring 2014.

Falcon’s Fury will stand at 335 feet and take riders soaring 60 mph straight down. Located in the Timbuktu™ area, Falcon’s Fury will be visible from any location in the park and even across the Tampa Bay area.

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 60 mph at 3.5 Gs straight down with speed and power like they’ve likely never experienced before.

Check out this video about Falcon’s Fury:

Falcon’s Fury’s forward-tilting seats are a cool feature that should give a pretty standard attraction something new. I do wonder if, due to the forces of gravity and the way your body will be positioned, whether the free fall sensation will be more or less facing the ground this way. Even if it is less, ratcheting up the challenge by giving riders an unusual perspective might be a good trade-off.

It looks like it’ll have a great view of one of the best-looking parks around. And with an already stellar lineup of roller coasters including Kumba and Montu (which are in my Top 10), as well as multi-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt and dive coaster SheiKra, Falcon’s Fury could help round out the park’s thrilling attractions.

More details at FalconsFury.com. Also, look for construction updates to appear at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com.

How do you think this new ride looks? Leave a comment below.

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9 Responses

  1. Mike M.

    I have to say this is long overdue seeing BGW already getting one. Not every new ride in CFLa needs to be heavily themed and marketed. Six Flags and Cedar Fair have tons of similar rides at their park. Nice change of pace for BGT. Now Central Florida just needs a hyper coaster. There’s a severe lack of airtime in the area. I can’t deny I’m jealous of BGW having Apollo’s Chariot.

  2. Mike

    Hey Mike M!! Last year when I went to Orlando I also felt the one thing the parks were missing was a hyper coaster. I have to say that I think BGT is beating out BGE big time the last couple of years in the Thrill ride department. I rode Verbolten this year for the first time and it is a nice coaster but I feel Cheetah is a whole lot more fun and more of a thrill. BGE’s new drop tower has been closed quite often and opened late and has had a ton of problems and all it does is rotate and vibrate. This looks like a new type of drop tower at BGT and super high. I am very interested in hearing what people think of this ride and how it’s recieved.

  3. L.J.

    The idea is very plausible I’m surprised this hasnt been though of earlier. I used the imagine a ride just like this where the seats on a drop ride faced vertically when I was young :3 … That being said even though I know its only concept art which doesnt go into too much detail, they need to make sure they use something similar to a b&m style flyer restraint where the legs are held up as well and then I think its golden :D.

  4. Ryan

    I can see this as a maitnene nightmare. The one at BGE is already breaking down a lot. Add the tilt, and it will be down almost conastantly.

    • Dillon

      I really don’t see maintenance being a problem. The Intamin towers seem to be fairly reliable. I have never seen my home town drop tower, Acrophobia, have any issues. Acrophobia has about a 15 degree tilt at the top. I can’t see the 90 degree tilt making any difference in reliability.

  5. Dillon

    Does anyone know if the seats on this ride will have ankle restraints? Maybe like what a B&M flying coaster would have? Cause having your feet hang like that sounds really uncomfortable.

    • Quil

      I’m not sure that they are really necessary in this case. Most drop towers keep you in the air for a while, but if it only holds you up like that for a second or two before dropping you it wouldn’t be all that bad. I think ankle restraints would be a good idea, but I’m not sure if they’re really needed.

      • Sam

        Personally I hope that there aren’t ankle restraints. On a rollercoaster like Air or Manta I think they are needed, but on this one…not having might make things feel more open, more exposed, more thrilling perhaps? If so, it’s a small gain, but any gain is worth it!

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