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Busch Gardens new ride arrives in giant pieces


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The newest thrill ride at Busch Gardens has been arriving at the theme park, piece by enormous piece.

The largest components of Falcon’s Fury, a 335-foot tower that will drop riders face-down at 60 mph when it opens this spring, arrived at the Port of Tampa last week, and made a slow trek through Tampa’s streets to the theme park.

While smaller components been arriving from several countries in Europe, including Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany, the cylinder sections of the tower arrived Oct. 24, each measuring up to 20 feet in diameter and weighing up to 190,000 pounds. The pieces were shipped more than 4,700 nautical miles from the port of Tarragona, Spain, and took a month to cross the Atlantic Ocean to Port of Tampa, a Busch Gardens news release said.

Construction has been going on since June, when the park announced the addition of the ride that will be “North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower.”

At the ride’s highest point, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position, before taking a plunge that will subject them to a gravitational force of 3.5 Gs, the park said.

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