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Six Flags Says World's 'Tallest Drop Ride' To Open In 2014

NPR icon by Eyder Peralta

Talk about terrifying: Six Flags announced today that it is building the world's "tallest drop ride" at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure.

As the company said in a press release, it'll "hoist riders 415 feet into the sky, twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, and rocket them back to Earth at 90 mph while Kingda Ka trains launch directly toward them at speeds of up to 128 mph."

That's not exactly clear, so we'll translate: That means that this is actually a ride within a ride. The drop ride is actually in the middle of the Kingda Ka roller coaster, the world's tallest.

Six Flags put out this animation of what this ride will be like:

Watching that video is enough for this blogger.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the Lex Luthor Drop of Doom will lose its place as the tallest and fastest drop ride with a height of 400 feet. Wikipedia keeps a list of vertical drop towers. It reports that The Giant Drop in Australia held the tallest drop record from Dec. 1998 to July 2012.

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