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Opening day of Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens might be delayed

Published Apr. 18, 2014

Thrill seekers who can't wait to hurtle down 335 feet face-first may have to be patient. Busch Gardens says construction delays might push back the opening of its drop tower ride Falcon's Fury, which is set for May 1. A fan party on that day has been postponed. "Our Design & Engineering team is still conducting ride testing, and as we move forward and have a better idea of the timeline, we will let you know," said Travis Claytor, the Tampa theme park's media relations manager, in an email. Described as the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America, the ride will be the focal point of Pantopia, a new themed land with shops and restaurants. Falcon's Fury will lift riders into the air and tilt them 90 degrees at the top, sending them face down as they fall toward the ground at 60 mph. On a clear day, riders will be able to see downtown Tampa.

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