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Falcon's Fury: Busch Gardens' new ride drops you 335-feet... face first!

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Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa. (Image courtesy Busch Gardens Tampa)
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Tampa, FL -- Busch Gardens Tampa announced Tuesday that the park will be adding the first drop tower ride of its kind in the world.

Falcon's Fury, as it will be called, will stand at 335 feet in height when it opens in 2014.

But park President Jim Dean says what makes Falcon's Fury unique is that the seats will tilt 90 degrees forward once the ride reaches the top. So he says riders will be face first when they fall, reaching speeds of 60 miles an hour.

The drop will last roughly five seconds.

"It was something we didn't have here in terms of a drop tower and I think it's going to be the ultimate thrill for a lot of people," Dean told 10 News.

SheiKra is currently the tallest ride at Busch Gardens at 200 feet.

Dean joked with reporters on Tuesday that Falcon's Fury will be so tall, you'll be able to see it from Miami.

"It's going to have an FAA approved light on the top of it, we had to get the necessary approvals because it's that tall."

Falcon's Fury will replace Sandstorm, which was permanently closed last week after being in operation since 1979.

Dean says the park's new thrill ride is being designed and built by the same company that built Cheetah Hunt.

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