Free Fall

Free Fall
Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall (Geauga Lake) 2005 01.jpg
Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall at Geauga Lake
Status Discontinued
Number built 14+
Statistics
Manufacturer
 Intamin, Switzerland
Height 131 feet
Drop 93 feet

Freefall was an Intamin product. It predated the modern drop tower. It was superseded by Intamin's Giant Drop and Gyro Drop lines.

The first installation was at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1982. According to Intamin, a total of fifteen Freefall rides were built.[1] However, Intamin lists only fourteen Feefalls on their reference list.

Ride experience

The Freefall has eight cars which run on a track, similar to a roller coaster. Each car sits four riders in a single row. At the beginning of the ride, the car rolls backwards out of the station and stops at the bottom of the tower. The car is then lifted directly upward, within the tower. Upon reaching the top of the 131 foot tall tower, the car moves forward onto the drop track outside the tower. The car is released and falls 60 feet vertically, then another 33 feet while levelling out.[2] Brakes bring the car to a halt, with riders now on their backs facing towards the sky. The track is switched, and the car is reverses backwards towards the station and tilted such that riders are in an upright position.

Installations

Name Park Country Opened Status
Demon Drop
Formerly Demon Drop
Dorney Park
Cedar Point
USA
USA
July 2, 2010
1983
Operating
Closed November 1, 2009
Elevador
Formerly The Edge
Beto Carrero World
California's Great America
Brazil
USA
1997
1983
Closed 2017
Closed 1995
Free Fall Himeji Central Park
Japan
1986 Operating
Free Fall Nagashima Spa Land
Japan
July 1995 Operating
Free Fall Rusutsu Resort
Japan
1987 Operating
Free Fall Six Flags Magic Mountain
USA
1982 Closed 2007
Free Fall Six Flags Over Georgia
USA
1983 Closed 2006
Free Fall Space World
Japan
March 1992 Closed
Free Fall Tokyo Summerland
Japan
1986 Closed 2019
Free Fall Yokohama Dreamland
Sea Train Land
Japan
Japan
April 1999
July 1995
Closed February 2002
closed 1998
Hollywood Tower
Formerly The Daring Drop of Doom
Movieland Park
Galaxyland
Italy
Canada
October 2006
1985
Operating
Closed 2001
Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall
Formerly Freefall
Formerly The Edge
Geauga Lake
Rocky Point Park
Six Flags Great America
USA
USA

USA
1997
Unknown
May 1983
Closed 2005
Closed 1995
Closed 1986
SkyScreamer Six Flags AstroWorld
USA
1983 Closed 1997
Stuntman's Freefall Six Flags Great Adventure
USA
1983 Closed 2006
Wildcatter Six Flags Over Texas
USA
1982 Closed 2007

Another Free Fall existed at Asian Paradise in Taiwan. This park has since been demolished.[3] An advertisment for the Freefall listed an installation at Six Flags Over Mid-America (now called Six Flags St. Louis). This was never installed.[2]

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