Just days before public schools went back into session and more than three months after its expected opening date, the theme park opened the queue for its newest thrill ride, if only sporadically.
Since Saturday, thousands have gotten the chance to ride up, then quickly descend down
For now, it's just timing and luck.
Pagano and his cousin,
"Once we started going up, my heart started racing," said Pagano, who has ridden every rollercoaster at
"It goes up slow. When you are all the way at the top you are looking at the ground. It turns you, so you are face first, down. My heart was racing as it was going down. I'd compare it to skydiving.
"It was a rush, that's for sure," Pagano said. "It's just a completely different experience."
The ride was initially scheduled to open
Claytor said the parts arrived from
Before anyone from the public climbed on, water-filled test dummies took a turn on the terrifying tower. Then, members of the
"We wrapped that all up last weekend and so what we did over this past weekend, because things were going so well, is to do a 'surprise-and-delight' soft opening," Claytor said. "It's been an hour here and a couple of hours there, so people can test out Falcon's Fury."
It has been a few years since
Falcon's Fury is located in the park's "newest re-imagined land Pantopia," which also offers other rides and food and beverage outlets, including one that serves craft beers.
Tower rides like Falcon's Fury first came on the scene about two decades ago. This one is the first to put riders face down and drop them at 60 miles per hour in five seconds, then return the seats to an upright position before landing.
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