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Free Falling Falcon's Fury Debuts at Busch Gardens Tampa
You’ve probably heard the term “free-fall” before, but have you ever experienced one? Well, now’s your chance. Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest thrill ride, Falcon’s Fury, opened September 2 and is giving guests plenty to scream about.
Falcon’s Fury is a free-standing drop-tower – the tallest one in North America. It climbs to a height of 335 feet, where it surprises riders by pivoting them 90 degrees into a face-down dive position. An instant later, they plunge straight towards the ground, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour and free-falling for about 5 seconds, just like a falcon diving after its prey.
Falcon’s Fury is the centerpiece of Pantopia™, a land featuring 8 rides in total, from Falcon’s Fury and The Scorpion, another thriller, down to kid-friendly rides like the Bush Flyers and the Kiddie Train.
Pantopia’s food offerings will not disappoint – visit the Twisted Tails Pretzel Bakery for a Bacon Pretzel Fury and a cold beer, while the kids enjoy a snowcone from Lynx Frozen Treats. The Kettle Corn stand serves up its namesake popular sweet-n-salty snack, as well as other guest favorites like turkey legs, potato twisters and chicken strips. Up for something heartier? The Dragon Fire Grill and the Pantopia Grill offer great lunch and dinner options, including ribs, kabobs, pasta, salads, sandwiches and desserts.
If you’re looking for some souvenirs to remember your Pantopia visit, stop at The Painted Camel or Pantopia Artisans, where you’ll find a selection of treasures, many made of recycled materials. You could even get a henna tattoo. And in the newly renovated Pantopia Theater, take in live entertainment with the all-animal production Opening Night Critters, starring both domestic and exotic animals.
Thrill-seekers from around the world have been waiting for their chance to explore Pantopia and test their mettle against Falcon’s Fury, and now you can, too. Just don’t be a chicken. Once you've visited Busch Gardens Tampa, head into town to see the rest of the Tampa Bay CityPASS attractions!