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.
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.
ANTICIPATION: Falcon's Fury nears grand opening
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