Giant Drop

Opening in December 1998, Dreamworld’s Giant Drop was designed by Intamin using the existing tower from Tower of Terror and is the only ride in the world to incorporate both attractions on one tower.

After slowly rising 39 storeys to the top, riders then accelerate at the speed of gravity for 4 seconds of weightless freefall before magnetic brakes stop the 8-person car’s decent. This deceleration delivers around 4 positive G’s after the gut-wrenching 9.814 metres per second drop.

On its opening in 1997, Giant Drop claimed three world firsts:

  • It was the tallest free fall ride in world
  • It was the first time the dual open-air 8-seater gondolas had been installed on a ride of this height
  • It was the first time a single tower had supported two different ride experiences. the other being Tower of Terror vehicle)

FAST FACTS

  • Speed: Up to 135 km/hour (84 miles/hour)
  • Height: 119 metres (39 storeys)
  • Acceleration: 9.814 metres per second (compounding)
  • Free Fall: Four seconds
  • Gravitational Forces: 4G’s
  • Cycle Time: 106 seconds
  • Capacity: 600-800 passengers per hour
  • Ride Vehicle: 2 x 8-seat horizontal gondolas on the eastern and western aspect of the Tower

64 Responses to “Giant Drop”

  1. What the hell kind of ride is that!!!

    ba-boss-bomb - July 2nd, 2009 at 6:41 am

  2. there are lots of names for that ride, I have never been on one of then and don’t plan to go on a massive free fall attached to a tower

    Hannah - July 22nd, 2009 at 1:38 am

  3. Do it, i dont like heights, but this one was awesome

    Clarky - July 30th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

  4. i got on it and im only 7

    anthony - August 10th, 2009 at 6:27 am

  5. when i visited at age 12 or younger, i had come all from california 2006 and had spent thousands on a plane ticket. i chickened out and was so mad that ididn’t make myself ride it

    QPC - August 13th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

  6. i ride the littler one. its a kiddie one and it looks like a lighthouse. i dont think i would ever ride this one.

    Nun-ya-buz - August 14th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

  7. the ride was over so fast, after being up there a boring 40 seconds, if you don’t do it you’re a chicken, I didn’t even scream.

    whatever - September 12th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

  8. i was only 10 when i went on the ride, and my sister was 9. being up there, is the most scariest thing i ever did… just waiting to free fall, for the first time in my life, 39 stories. but it was worth it. and i went back to dreamworld again when i was 12. my sister chickened out but i didnt. :D

    if you dont go on this, you’ll regret!

    i also went on the tower of terror, but the giant drop was scarier!

    awesome. - September 21st, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  9. Holy Crap! I will never go on that thing.

    Unnamed - October 19th, 2009 at 5:23 am

  10. Where is this ride?

    Ben - October 20th, 2009 at 3:26 am

  11. The ride is at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Australia it’s amazing! a must do for any visitor!

    Chase - October 22nd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

  12. I got an annual pass to dreamworld for $30AUD, i live 40 minutes away. nothing better than getting their early and there being nobody in the line for this ride :D

    Joe Joe - October 28th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

  13. it was pretty bad it sucked and it was so boaring

    mr wigely woh - November 11th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

  14. The giant drop was the best ride ever It’s really high but it’s a good ride anyone should go on it and then ride the tower of terror the track thats attached to the side of it!! :)

    ??? - January 26th, 2010 at 8:39 am

  15. I totally couldn’t breath AT ALL!! It was the scariest thing ever but I was glad I went on it after it stopped…:)

    Dii - May 3rd, 2010 at 10:28 am

  16. THE BEST!! id go on it everytime i visit dreamworld!

    Chaylor - May 3rd, 2010 at 4:10 pm

  17. i shit myself up the top but once iit was fallling its not too bad. I couldnt breathe though!

    jack - May 26th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

  18. i will never go on a freefall ride cause wat happen to kentucky kingdom superman tower of power ad im not getting my feet cut off

    cman101 - June 21st, 2010 at 9:03 am

  19. but it is cool a track is on the tower thts so cool!!

    cman101 - June 21st, 2010 at 9:05 am

  20. No, you are mistaken.. the riders are only in freefall for FOUR seconds! Please, I just did this for my maths assignment. I had this calculator strapped to me (looked kinda like a terrorist) but anyway, it calculated along with my analysis of graphs that freefall only last for four seconds! :)

    you're wrong :) - July 31st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

  21. I dropped a coin, and caught it at the bottom. :)

    im actually right - August 5th, 2010 at 9:38 am

  22. I rode this with my dad and he screamed! except the one i rode was called the oh zone and i always talk even in my sleep and i was so scared i couldn’t talk

    Angel - August 18th, 2010 at 5:41 am

  23. drop rides…oh the joy of these

    wavymouth - September 10th, 2010 at 7:17 am

  24. I went on it :) it felt like i had no guts. I am only 12 and i went on it when i was 8 :)

    Jared - September 27th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

  25. the giant drop is the scariest ride in the world, and it is even scarier than the tower of terror which is situated beside the ride – but the thing is that the tower of terror travels at 160kph and the giant drop only travels at 135kph….work that out!

    bitch - October 5th, 2010 at 7:50 am

  26. I have been on almost every ride around and this one would have to be the scariest ever. It scared me so much I had to go on it a 2nd time, straight after the 1st! I think the adrenalin made me want to do it again because half an hour after the 2nd time, I chickened out and wouldn’t go on it a 3rd time. This ride is seriously the closest I’ve ever felt to dying by jumping off a building. When the ride stopped, I was breathing as fast as a cat that had just had a near miss with a car!!

    SW - October 17th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

  27. I went on it and forced my mum and cousin on it and it scared the he’ll outa me at the top for forty seconds and hearing the click then dropping so fast 2 seconds after.

    I wanna go on it again!!!!

    BOB SAGGOT!!!! - October 30th, 2010 at 7:03 am

  28. I rode a ride that was 144 ft. tall! my dad screamed like a baby!!! i was too scared to say anything i’m 11!!!! it was so awesome!!!

    Angel - December 21st, 2010 at 6:21 am

  29. I had no choice but to go on it when i was 6 It was 18 storeys high…

    Chelsea - April 22nd, 2011 at 11:55 am

  30. nothing compared to 39 storeys though but still 18 storeys is high when you’re 6

    Chelsea - April 22nd, 2011 at 11:58 am

  31. this ride is awesome

    sophie turner - April 25th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

  32. this ride is really awesome but i think that all your silly comments a silly anyway when i was a young chiken my mum told me i was crazy but i told her that i was a monkey instead:)

    sabrka - June 17th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

  33. a ride has to be pretty high for me to get worried but this is rediculous yet awesome:)

    Courtney - October 19th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

  34. here iz a rime: go to the top then feel a droooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop!

    oliver - December 4th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  35. a 35 foot drop from the top, here we go!

    oliver - December 4th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  36. I swear it was going faster than free fall. I could barely stand the force acting on me as soon as it started.

    Shadeslayer - April 4th, 2012 at 2:44 am

  37. meh. Fun. BUT COULD OF DONE BETTER

    It was quite fun waving at my friends while waiting for the drop. Maybe the drop could be longer :>

    LoLMan - August 26th, 2012 at 10:24 am

  38. I am only 8 when I went on that I was looking down when is was about To fall and than it fell and my head was falling and I was stareing at my feet and when it stops your head goes up and than down and my head was killing me but I went on it again but I did not look down :D

    Joel - September 3rd, 2012 at 8:26 pm

  39. They now have an even taller ride like this in the USA at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. It flanks bot sides of the Superman: Escape from Krypton tower and is known as Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. On this one you are taken to a height of 400 feet and then dropped at 85 mph. One minute up, only five seconds back down. It rocks!

    Mike - October 25th, 2012 at 11:00 am

  40. Went on every ride at dreamworld and movieworld and this is easily the scariest one. This is probably the only one that I would hesitate to go on again if I went back to the gold coast. Its supposed to be only freefall, but it felt a lot more forceful than that. I was clenching my teeth shut and my hands on the bars the whole way down. After this, I didn’t find any other ride scary at all.

    Scott - October 28th, 2012 at 12:37 am

  41. i am never going on that EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    zoe-mae - June 19th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

  42. made me poo

    nipplelickerofjustice - August 1st, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  43. it’s the most boringest ride, i didnt scream or anything it wasnt even scary i didnt give two shits

    african - August 1st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

  44. It was the best ride ever I went on all the rides at Dream world and I’m 11 the buzz saw Would be The scariest if you don’t know what it is you should YouTube it man it’s awesome

    By Ally

    Ally - August 28th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  45. Im 135cm tall 8 year old love scary rides am i tall/old enough to go on it

    Samantha - December 26th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  46. Yea the version they have at of this at Six Flags Magic Mountain is way more scary. It has a 400 foot freefall and with it being at 85 mph your really going to feel the in your stomach.

    Erron Bennett - January 20th, 2014 at 3:49 am

  47. i wet my pants o this ride as well

    tom wager - May 14th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  48. I bet you didn’t wet yourself anywhere near as much as me, I was so scared

    lachie miners - May 14th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

  49. I did NOT wet my pants!!!!!

    Lachie Miners - May 17th, 2014 at 11:35 am

  50. I believe tom wager wet his pants.

    Jimmy P - March 27th, 2015 at 10:54 am

  51. i was 5 when i was first on it.

    OllieTGS - June 19th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

  52. I’m going to dreamworlds in a few weeks and I’m really scared of heights but I want to go on this ride, last time I went I was 9 and I chickened out on heaps of rides So should I face my fear or is it too dcary

    Taliah Bayley - January 7th, 2016 at 11:50 am

  53. What is the acceleration during freefall? and the deceleration experienced during breaking

    Brandon - April 14th, 2016 at 10:01 pm

  54. SO WORTH IT. Honestly the scariest part about it is the machine itself- it shudders and shakes as you go down and kinda makes you think of Iron Man falling out of the sky. It actually felt like I was going to die. SO FUN THOUGH.

    Sunny - May 22nd, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  55. This ride made me touch myself and squirt all over the passengers next to m.

    Your Dad - July 27th, 2016 at 2:24 pm

  56. The Giant Drop made my foreskin shrivel up into a ball and hid itself inside my cock.

    Saiah Leotoga - July 27th, 2016 at 2:26 pm

  57. This made me grab the guy next to me and suck his balls.

    John Deng - July 27th, 2016 at 2:26 pm

  58. I went on this ride and my bumhole was thrashed after getting raped by 6 men.

    Moses Majok - July 27th, 2016 at 2:27 pm

  59. what the actual fuck, dude above. You need help.

    Random Person - August 2nd, 2016 at 10:27 am

  60. Went so high, felt like I smoked out too much out of a bong! Then went down quick and that reminded me of your mum.

    Bob Marley - August 9th, 2016 at 8:15 pm

  61. How scary is this? I dunno if I should go on this.I’m kinda scared of falling/heights but I think I should face my fear. Should I or chicken out?

    Anonymous - September 25th, 2016 at 3:04 pm

  62. Am I going to wet my pants?

    Anonymous - September 25th, 2016 at 3:04 pm

  63. omg… i went on this when i was 4… holy crap i used this site when i was 4… omg it still exists

    Terra Verso - May 29th, 2017 at 8:48 am

  64. Went on this for a physics trip while it was raining, felt like I was falling out of the seat, but was the greatest time ever, got to go faster then rain falls.

    Jarrod Grayson - March 3rd, 2018 at 8:53 am

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