Drop Tower

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Liberty Launch, an S&S drop tower located at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. It has been operating at this park since 2003.

The drop tower is a type of tower ride. It consists of a gondola which is launched upwards, launched downward or allowed to freefall, depending on the particular type of ride. On some drop towers, the gondola spins around the tower, giving riders a 360-degree view. Others tilt riders forward (such as Falcon's Fury), or allow guests to ride standing up.

Drop towers range in size from 30 feet to 415 feet.

The precursor to the modern drop tower is the Freefall.

Tallest vertical drop towers

The top three tallest drop towers were all constructed using existing roller coaster support structures.

Name Park Country Manufacturer Height Record holder
Drop Structure
1 Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom Six Flags Great Adventure
Intamin 415 feet 456 feet July 2014 - present
2 Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom Six Flags Magic Mountain
Intamin 400 feet 415 feet July 2012 - July 2014
3 Giant Drop Dreamworld
Intamin 377 feet 390 feet December 1998 - July 2012