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Mr Hyde's Nasty Fall

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The Place
  Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom - Aurora, Ohio USA
  "What a Surpr!se"

The Stats

Track Type Year Manufacturer
Thrill Free Fall 1997 Intamin AG
Ride Statistics
Height: 125 feet Max Drop: 100 feet
Top Speed: 55 mph Track Length: 63 feet
Rider Capacity: Max G-Force: -5.5 G
Inversions: Ride Time:
Avg Speed: Angle of Descent:
Number of Cars: 4 Length of Train:
Restraints: Horsecollar Number of Trains:
Cars per Train: Vehicles Designed by: Intamin

The Experience

* Arrangement: Riders are arranged 4 across, 4 seats per car for a total capacity of 16 riders.
* Notes: Each car weighs 1892 lbs.
* Accident & Safety Record: On 28 May 1984, three teenagers were treated for injuries sustained from the ride known at that time as "The Edge" at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. The car they were riding up the lift tower stalled and dropped back down to the ground after the lift mechanism failed. Their seats curled up around their hips.

The accident prompted Intamin to install anti-rollback devices on all of their free fall attractions.

* Elements: On a 1st generation Free Fall, a car was taken up an elevator shaft, moved forward and then dropped down a vertical piece of track consisting of a curved 'run-out' brake run at the bottom. Newer versions use a magnetic braking system, do not need the 'run-out', and combine both up-and down motions in one shaft.
* History: Operated at SFGAm from 1983 to 1986. Great America eventually dismantled the ride and sold it to Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, Rhode Island where it operated as the "Free Fall" from 1988 to 1995 when the park closed. The ride was then auctioned to Premier Parks for $500,000 on 16 April 1996 and opened at Geauga Lake in 1997. The ride was put up for sale in 2005 for $250,000 and broken down in 2006 for spare parts for Cedar Point's Demon Drop.

The Verdict
You are seated in a carriage which is taken to the top of a tower and then dropped vertically, leveling out at the bottom so you are lying on your back before being uprighted below the track. I typically steady a penny on my knee seconds before the drop; the penny will then rise and spin before your eyes, and if you're skilled, you can grab it in mid-air before it sails away. Experience nearly two seconds of complete weightlessness on this 13-story freefall.
I rate it 5 Star's

I just got home from Geauga Lake (now SFWoA) and rode said ride before I left the park. Everyone calls it the Demon Drop around here, probably because Cedar Point, a slightly nearby and huge park, has had one of these since the first-generation freefall ride was first generation--the early 1980s. I always thought that it was such an 80s ride and was surprised to see Geauga Lake get it in 1997. Little did I know that this exact unit was really an 80s ride with a dubious history. Thanks for the info--can't wait to scare my friends with this; we all have season passes.
- Reuben, USA

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