Riyadh, Nov 23, 2023: Falcon’s Flight, the world’s fastest and tallest roller coaster, is scheduled to open in Saudi Arabia next year. According to the FOX9 report, the Falcon’s Flight coaster will be housed at the upcoming Six Flags Qiddiya amusement park in Riyadh when it opens to the public in October 2024. The theme park is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan, which aims to diversify the country’s economy, society, and culture.
Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC), in collaboration with Intamin Amusement Rides, began the design process for the Falcon’s Flight in early 2022, as per reports. Intamin has now disclosed more details, including a model car, at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo 2023 in Orlando, Florida.
According to Intamin, the roller coaster would include a windscreen for each row to protect passengers from adverse weather without the need for any protective clothing.
Details on the Falcon Flight in Saudi Arabia:
The roller coaster will rise 650 feet tall and attain maximum speeds of up to 156 mph (251 km/h) on its 13,000-foot track. It will go roughly 2.5 miles (4 km) and will include a vertical cliff dive manoeuvre into a 160-meter-deep valley utilising magnetic motor acceleration (Linear Synchronous Motors technology).
Falcon’s Flight is shaped like a falcon’s head and can carry two people. The succeeding cars have a four-passenger layout with an open design to improve the impression of speed and flying sensation. Reportedly, the Falcon Flight’s peak speed of 156 mph will shatter the world record of 150 mph held by the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.
The Falcon’s Flight will be the highest free-standing coaster structure in the world, including a parabolic airtime hill that will deliver a weightless airtime sensation. It will be the most prominent feature of the Qiddiya Weave skyline, stretching straight out of the theme park and down the world’s largest attraction, a sheer drop of cliff face.
Furthermore, Falcon’s Flight will have extra-large running wheels with specifically developed rims to provide exceptional cooling and solve the obstacles given by the Saudi Arabian desert’s fast speeds and extreme temperatures. In addition to the exhilarating thrill of three electromagnetic propulsion launch systems, each ride lasts approximately three minutes and offers up to twenty riders spectacular panoramic views over Six Flags Qiddiya and the Resort Core.
The current highest roller coaster in the world is the Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.