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[edit | edit source]
The top three tallest drop towers were all constructed using existing roller coaster support structures.
|1||Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom||Six Flags Great Adventure||USA||Intamin||415 feet||456 feet||July 2014 - present|
|2||Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom||Six Flags Magic Mountain||USA||Intamin||400 feet||415 feet||July 2012 - July 2014|
|3||Giant Drop||Dreamworld||Australia||Intamin||377 feet||390 feet||December 1998 - July 2012|