The tallest free fall tower in Europe has been officially opened. The northern German Hansa-Park has erected a 120 meter high gyro drop tower. The attraction, which is called Highlander, goes at a whopping 120 kilometers per hour. Once at the top, the seats fold forward. Then visitors make a perpendicular free fall of 103 meters, before they are slowed down.
Special is that Highlander has two different ride programs. They are always chosen completely randomly, director Christoph Andreas Leicht told the opening ceremony on Friday evening. "With one of the two programs, the seats fold back before the free fall. With the other, you fold forward and immediately fall down."
There is room for 24 people per ride. The Austrian company Funtime was called in for the construction. The German company IMAscore provided a special soundtrack, which can also be heard at a height of 120 meters. The gondola is equipped with speakers.
Highlander is located in a Scottish theme area. The immense tower was built in the middle of the track of the 39-year-old Nessie family roller coaster, whose station building was redecorated this year.
It should be noted that the seats don't tilt straight down like Falcon's Fury and Ikaros. At least from videos it appears to be more comparable to Six Flags Over Georgia's Acrophobia, or other Intamin stand-up floorless towers, but in a traditional seating position.
Coasternerd3 wrote:If you can ride Kingda Ka, this should be a breeze.
Some people will ride any roller coaster in the world but refuse to ride drop towers. To clarify, I am not one of these people, but drop towers feel completely different than rides like Kingda Ka and Dragster.
I just went to Hansa Park today and it blew me away. I knew about Karnan and Fluch von Novgorod, but I had no clue the park was so charming. I was there open to close and there were still several attractions I would have liked to ride like the pony ride where they give you a gun to shoot things.
Now part of that is Karnan's fault. That ride is exceptional. It's absolutely insane and so unique.