dreamworld drops into the record books
It’s official! Dreamworld’s signature thrill ride, The Giant Drop, was officially declared the ‘tallest, vertical free-fall ride in the world’ by the Guiness Book of World Records in their 1999 edition.
After years of anticipation, the official Guiness Book of World Records certificate arrived at Dreamworld, securing the Giant Drop’s infamous posting as one of the biggest and the best thrill rides in the world.
Standing 119metres high (39 storeys), The Giant Drop is now a legendary Australian landmark. It opened at Dreamworld in 1998 and has carried more than five million passengers to date.
During the ride, passengers experience the excitement and exhilaration of falling 39 storeys - accelerating at the speed of gravity (up to 135 km per hour), with their legs hanging freely.
Twin cables draw the two eight seat carriages to the tower top where passengers seemingly linger for a nerve rattling minute of anticipation before plummeting back to earth. A sophisticated magnetic braking system (with a lifespan of approximately 1.2 million years) stops the gondola just metres from the ground.
The Giant Drop was manufactured by Ride Trade Corporation in Lichtenstein (sister company of the Tower of Terror’s designers, Intamin AG of Switzerland).
Other leading thrill rides at Dreamworld include The Tower of Terror II, The Claw, Wipeout and The Cyclone.