Record-Breaking, High-Speed Roller Coaster Sends Riders off Cliff

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Guests ride Falcon's Flight in Six Flags concept art

Credit: Six Flags

A new record-breaking roller coaster will give riders one of the most terrifying experiences of their lives.

From Universal to Six Flags, it feels like every theme park is in a competition to outdo each other in the roller coaster race. Every few years, a new park seems to announce the latest record-breaking attraction in an effort to pull in thrill seekers from across the globe.

Guests ride Kingda Ka
Credit: Six Flags

As of 2023, the United States is home to the tallest steel roller coaster. Kingda Ka – located at Six Flags Great Adventure – sends guests soaring to a 456 ft height. Meanwhile, the world’s fastest roller coaster is located at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, where Formula Rossa reaches speeds of 149.1 mph (240.0 km/h).

Both of these attractions were built by Intamin, one of the world leaders for exhilarating thrill rides. The design and manufacturing company is responsible for building attractions such as California Screamin’ (now known as The Incredicoaster) at California Adventure, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Universal Studios Florida, and Top Thrill Dragster (soon to be Top Thrill 2) at Cedar Point.

Mickey's Fun Wheel and Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure
Credit: Brandi Alexandra via Unsplash

In 2024, Intamin will outdo itself with another record-breaking attraction. Yesterday, at the IAAPA Expo, it released more details about Falcon’s Flight – the world’s new tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster – which will open at Six Flags Qiddiya in Saudi Arabia.

Reaching over 600 ft tall (over 100 ft taller than Kingda Ka), Falcon’s Flight will mark the world’s first “Exa Coaster.” It will also reach top speeds of 156 mph and stretch on for 4 km (2.48 miles), which is nearly a mile longer than the world’s current longest roller coaster, Steel Dragon 2000 at Japan’s Nagashima Spa Land.

Concept art of Six Flags Qiddiya
Credit: Six Flags

While the front car of the roller coaster will have space for two guests, the rest of the vehicles will contain four riders per row. Each row will also have its own protective screen, eliminating the need for riders to wear protective goggles (as is currently the case on Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi).

The most terrifying detail of the roller coaster? As seen in the simulated video above, the first major drop of the three-minute long ride will send guests over the edge of a cliff – plummeting down towards the desert below.

 

“Rollercoaster fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating this ride since it was announced as there is nothing quite like it anywhere else,” said Qiddiya’s Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Gas, in a past press release. “Now we are in the design stage with the experts at Intamin and the engineering team at Six Flags, the excitement is building! Falcon’s Flight will dominate the skyline at Qiddiya weave all the way around our destination, right out of the theme park, up the cliffside, and down the cliff face – the greatest drop of any ride in the world; it won’t be for the fainthearted.”

Guests ride Falcon's Flight in Six Flags concept art
Credit: Six Flags

Six Flags Qiddiya is set to feature 28 rides and attractions across six different lands: The City of Thrills; Discovery Springs; Steam Town; Twilight Gardens; Valley of Fortune; and Grand Exposition. In addition to Falcon’s Flight, it will contain the world’s tallest drop tower ride – and will hold the title of the biggest theme park in the Middle East.

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