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11. June 2013 19:29
by jennifer
8 Comments

Push Away the Screen: Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens

11. June 2013 19:29 by jennifer | 8 Comments

We are HUGE fans of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and were invited to a media preview of a new ride reveal!!  We were surprised when it was announced that the new ride was in fact a HUGE FREE FALL DROP!! Falcon's Fury is set to open in the Spring of 2014 (though I heard May mentioned several times during the presentation!!)

Falcon's Fury will be the TALLEST freestanding drop tower in ALL of NORTH AMERICA!!

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.

Watch this You Tube video to see what it's all about!

 Ella was interviewed by Bay News 9 where they asked her what she thought of the upcoming ride. She used some pretty expressive vocabulary. I was impressed! Her interview has been airing all evening, but we don't subscribe to Brighthouse and it's not available online Cry

I was also interviewed by our local CBS affiliate News Channel 10 and that aired tonight during the 5:30pm broadcast.

 

The trio and I headed over to Timbuktu to try to find out where the new ride would be located and we were both disappointed and excited to see that one of our favorites "The Sand Storm" was no longer!! We could see heavy construction machinery moving around behind the walls!

We decided to hop on the Scorpion to see if we could get a better look, and boy could we ever!! The Sand Storm was gone, as were the kiddy airplanes, motorcycles, and kiddy train! Thank goodness my gang have all gotten too big for those rides!!

You have to be 54" tall to ride on Falcon's Fury and my gang are all measuring 52" right now (yes, they are all the same height Wink) so with some luck they'll grow 2 inches this year and be ready for the most amazing ride Busch Gardens has released since Cheetah Hunt (which is our current favorite!!)

Busch Gardens is such a great place to be outside and active with your family! Plenty of places to seek shelter from the weather, and rides for all ages. Be sure to check them out if you come to Florida!!

Do you like Free Fall drop rides?? Would you attempt Falcon's Fury??

Comments (8) -

Nicole D

Ah, no. Not me. But I know lots of people who will LOVE this! Can't wait to let our family know about it when they come in for our family reunion; they'll definitely be game to give it a go.

Artsnark

what fun! Cute pic of the family too. I don't have the stomach for drop reides but family & friends love them.  The Sand Storm is a favorite in this house to - sorry to see it go

Suzi Satterfield

Sand Storm is gone?  :-(  That was my favorite ride when my older sister worked at BG.  (I remember days of going to work with her on a free pass, checking in every couple of hours, and spending the day on rides.)  Then, I would have gone on the new ride for sure.  Now, I couldn't no matter how much I wanted to.  I get such awful motion sickness that theme parks are out.

Everything Mom and Baby

Wow, what a fun place!  I might be tempted to try Falcons Furry...might!

Heather Johnson

Not me! I am not a fan of rides. I am just too small to enjoy most. Plus, I tend to get sick to my stomach!

Bianca

I am a fan of rides - love roller coasters, etc. But most of the free fall rides are not for me! I like Tower of Terror at Disneyland, but I think I like it because I can't see most of the time ;)

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