Take some spare underwear - this is the tallest, free-falling ride in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World records. The Giant Drop, was officially declared the ‘tallest, vertical free-fall ride in the world’ by the Guiness Book of World Recordsin their 1999 edition. 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.
The closest thing you will get to actual skydiving - don’t be fooled by the amazing scenery as you are winched slowly to the top. The top floor is the sky and the only way down is a jaw dropping 120 metre plummet at extreme speed, a rush like no other. 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 Tower of Terror, Buzzsaw, Shockwave, Mick Doohan's MotoCoaster, Cyclone Rollercoaster, Wipeout and The Claw.
Ride Operating Times:
- The Giant Drop West will be closed from Monday 2 September - Thursday 12 September inclusive.
- The Giant Drop East will be closed from Tuesday 10 September - Sunday 22 September inclusive.
Monday - Friday (Outside of School holidays): 11:00am 4:00pm
Weekends & School Holidays: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Maximum Thrill Ride
Min 120cm, max 200cm.
Riders' legs dangle freely from the open air 8-seat gondolas.
The tallest, free-falling ride in the world at 119metres (39 storeys) high.
The Giant Drop shares the tower that supports the Tower of Terror. A sophisticated magnetic braking system stops the gondolas metres from the ground.
Free fall time is 5 seconds. The cruise to the top takes approximately 90 seconds. Falling 119 metres is the equivalent of falling from a 39-storey building.