Falcon's Fury, located at Busch Gardens Tampa, is a new drop tower ride that rises 335 feet into the sky. This isn't an ordinary drop tower, however. Once the riders reach the top, the seats rotate, leaving them looking down to the ground they will be plummeting towards. Nonetheless, with new technology comes with many challenges that the construction crew have been facing that could delay the opening day. Falcon's Fury is located in a re-themed area named Pantopia, which is a bright, colorful land.
As you can see by the building in the background of the photo, Pantopia is a very colorful place. The creator of Pantopia is a man who landed in a hot air balloon, and collected souvenirs and treasures from his travels around the globe. He named this land that he would create "Pantopia". The root of "pan" is "all" and the root of "topia" is "place". He combined the two roots to create a place for his collection of souvenirs from all his travels. The whole area is very intriguing in person, with vibrant colors to make the area come alive and lots of things to look at.
In the above video, Falcon's fury goes through the process of a test drop. There have been rumors that the ride's opening day will be delayed due to technical difficulties with the rotating seats. If you look closely at the end of the drop, when the seats rotate to the "normal" position, one of the actuators (long, cylindrical, silver looking devices) comes undone from the ride vehicle. This might be the technical malfunction that is plaguing the ride. We do have to keep in mind that this is a new prototype from Intamin, and as with many prototypes, there are bound to be problems. Once this ride opens, there is no doubt it will be safe and will provide a unique drop ride experience that appeals to many thrill seekers.
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