Drop Tower


Drop Tower

Drop Tower, formerly known as "Drop Zone Stunt Tower", are thrill rides of varying sizes, but all of the same name, owned by five Cedar Fair parks. Prior to their acquisition by Cedar Fair, the parks were owned by Paramount Parks, where the rides were named after the Paramount film Drop Zone. All the rides were built by the Swiss ride manufacturer, Intamin AG and are either the Gyro Drop, or Giant Drop models. All of the rides are currently operating, the highest freefall ride is a ride designed and manufactured by Intamin named "The Giant Drop" which is situated at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Australia. The tower stands 400 feet (120m) high. The maximum drop speed within it is 90mph.

Locations

* *"Drop height is only the space between the top of the tower and the braking, what is considered the "freefall" section.

Injuries And Accidents

*In August 1999, 12-year-old Joshua Smurphat, who was mentally disabled, fell from the tower and died. Smurphat's family claimed the harness was not locked properly.
*While not resulting in injury or accident, following the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom incident, all the towers were closed and the Carowinds model was found to have "stretched" cables [http://www.wcnc.com/news/topstories/stories/wcnc-062207-jmn-carowinds.476a05a.html] .

External links

* [http://www.ridetrade.com/rti/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=37 Intamin Giant Drop]
* [http://www.ridetrade.com/rti/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=37 Intamin Gyro Drop]
* [http://www.kicentral.com/attractions/dropzone.php Kings Island Central - Drop Tower]


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