Busch Gardens' Falcon's Fury was worth wait

Tampa, Florida -- If you like thrill rides, the wait for Busch Gardens' ultimate one is almost over. Falcon's Fury is ready to fly full-time.

"A little bit of scary but a lot of fun," said one rider.

"I want to go on it all the time. Everyday. All day," said another.

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The ride was supposed to open in May but, for now, the park has unleashed it as a "soft opening." That means the 335-foot, free-standing drop tower, North America's tallest, is not open all-day long. Still, riders can catch a ride without waiting in long lines now if they time it just right.

"It's a little upset right now because I just ate," said one teenage daredevil when asked about his stomach.

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The ride lifts riders into the air a distance higher than the length of a football field, then turns them 90 degrees so the rider is facing back to Earth. Then you wait … sometimes one second … sometimes four. A computer controls the drop so you never know how long you'll be then – Whoosh!

Riders race back to the ground at around 60 miles per hour. The whole ride lasts around 2 minutes and 30 seconds, so far parkgoers can't wait to try it.

VIDEO: See what it's like to ride Falcon's Fury


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