First revealed in late 2019, the record-breaking roller coaster at the upcoming Six Flags Qiddiya theme park now has specifications and a manufacturer. Falcon’s Flight will be the world’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster when it opens at the new park in 2023.
Falcon’s Flight will feature a 525 ft. vertical dive off a cliff, which will also be the maximum height reached on the coaster. It will traverse 13,000 feet (roughly 2.5 miles) of track and reach a top speed of 155 mph, making it the longest and fastest roller coaster in the world, respectively. For comparison, the fastest coaster in the world is currently Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which reaches a top speed of 149 mph. The tallest roller coaster is currently Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka at a height of 456 feet, and the longest is Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land at 8133 feet.
Intamin Amusement Rides will be designing the roller coaster. The manufacturer has a history of designing record breaking rides, as they designed both Kingda Ka and Formula Rossa. It was announced that Falcon’s Flight will use three electromagnetic propulsion launch systems to keep the coaster going throughout its three-minute ride time.
Six Flags Qiddiya is in development via a partnership between Six Flags and Qiddiya Investment Company. Six Flags will be licensing their name and properties to the park for use, while Qiddiya Investment Company will actually operate the park.
There is a lot of speculation on whether or not Falcon’s Flight will get built. Some say the project is unrealistic and will get significantly scaled down as time goes on. However, Six Flags Qiddiya is a more serious project than some might think. The project has funding, unlike the failed Six Flags Dubai development or the Six Flags parks in China that have been sold. Qiddiya also recently gained a new CEO in Philippe Gas, the former head of Disneyland Paris. Gas said the following about the Falcon’s Flight project:
“Rollercoaster fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating this ride since it was announced, as there is nothing quite like it anywhere else. 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!”
Phase one of Six Flags Qiddiya, which will include Falcon’s Flight, is set to open in 2023. The park will be located southwest of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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