Drop tower (ride)


Drop tower (ride)
A drop tower at Movie Park Germany
A drop tower at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entitled the "Double Shot"

A drop tower or big drop is a type of amusement ride, based around a central structure or tower. With most drop towers, the gondola is lifted to the top of a large vertical structure, before being released and falling towards the ground. Brakes activate to slow the ride prior to reaching the ground. Some designs expand on this concept, with some designs promoting rotating gondalas or that riders be 'bounced' several times before coming to a rest.

Most parks and carnivals require riders to be 48 inches (122 cm) or taller. The fastest free-fall/drop tower in the world is an Intamin designed and manufactured ride named Giant Drop. The ride is 390 feet (119 m) high and reaches a speed of 84.375 mph (135.6 km/h), the ride is located at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Australia. The highest drop tower is The Big Shot which is located on the top of the Stratosphere Las Vegas casino hotel tower. The base of the ride is 921 feet (281 m) above ground with the top of the ride at 1,081 feet (329 m).

Drop towers vary in height, passenger capacity, lift type, and brake type. Many are custom made, although there are some mass-produced designs, which are listed below.

The drop tower ride type should not be confused with the observation tower ride type.

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Tallest Vertical Drop Towers

Rank Name Park Location Drop Height Structural Height Manufacturer Record Holder
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom Six Flags Magic Mountain United States Valencia, California, USA 400 feet (120 m) 415 feet (126 m) Intamin Under Construction
1. Giant Drop Dreamworld Australia Coomera, Queensland, Australia 377 feet (115 m) 390 feet (120 m) Intamin December 1998 – present
2. Big Tower Beto Carrero World Brazil Penha, Brazil 328 feet (100 m) N/A Intamin N/A
Blue Fall Sea Paradise Japan Yokohama, Japan 328 feet (100 m) 351 feet (107 m) Intamin N/A
La Venganza del Enigma Parque Warner Madrid Spain Madrid, Spain 328 feet (100 m) N/A S&S Worldwide N/A
3. AtmosFear Liseberg Sweden Gothenberg, Sweden 300 feet (91 m) 381 feet (116 m) Intamin N/A
4. Hurakan Condor PortAventura Spain Salou, Catalonia, Spain 282 feet (86 m) N/A Intamin N/A
5. Drop Tower: Scream Zone Kings Dominion United States Doswell, Virginia, USA 272 feet (83 m) 305 feet (93 m) Intamin N/A
6. Drop Tower: Scream Zone Kings Island United States Mason, Ohio, USA 264 feet (80 m) 315 feet (96 m) Intamin N/A
7. Fritt Fall Grona Lund Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 262 feet (80 m) 328 feet (100 m) Intamin N/A
8. Supreme Scream Knott's Berry Farm United States Buena Park, California, USA 252 feet (77 m) 312 feet (95 m) S&S Worldwide July 1998 - December 1998
Dalton Terror Walibi Belgium Belgium Wavre, Belgium 252 feet (77 m) N/A Intamin N/A
9. Power Tower Valleyfair United States Shakopee, Minnesota, USA 250 feet (76 m) 275 feet (84 m) S&S Worldwide N/A
10. Superman: Tower of Power Six Flags Over Texas United States Arlington, Texas, USA 245 feet (75 m) 313 feet (95 m) S&S Worldwide N/A

Examples

Ride designs

Mass-produced tower rides include:

Injuries and accidents

  • In August 1999, 12-year-old Joshua Smurphat, who had a mental disability, fell from the tower and died. Smurphat's family claimed the harness was not locked properly.
  • Following the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom incident, all the towers were closed and the Carowinds model was found to have "stretched" cables.[1]

See also

References


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