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Stuntmans Freefall
Website: Six Flags Great Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Vertical Tower
Ride Status: Defunct
Average Rating: 3.7091
TPC Overall Rank: #234 out of 2929 rides.
Reviews: 63
Last Review: 5/29/2008 2:34:00 PM
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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 5/29/2008 2:34:00 PM
This drop tower is fun, rerideable, has a small capacity, and a short duration. Im glad they kept this one because there arent very many left.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 3/6/2007 12:33:00 AM
I remember standing in a three-hour line in the early 1980s to ride what was then known simply as Freefall. At the time, the concept of the ride struck me as preposterous, masochistic, and inspired. The idea of being in an elevator whose cable suddenly snaps is a common nightmare of our industrialized society, and a horror that most of us would be spared . . . until the advent of this ride.

I have a theory that most coaster enthusiasts have a breakthrough ride that takes them so far out of their comfort zone that surviving the experience gives them an essentially unshakeable fortitude for any amusement park attraction that follows. For me, that ride was Freefall. To see it operating at full capacity that day was like watching one of those nightmarish sequences from "The Wall." One after the other, kids were queued up and processed through this brutally efficient sequence designed to impart nothing so much as a sense of mortal terror. Few even screamed; their breath seemed to be sucked right from their lungs before their vocal cords could react.

My own sense of dread was almost swoony that day, and when I finally boarded the absolutely no frills drop vehicle, I was nearly on the verge of panic. What I found particularly notable about the experience was the businesslike, totally unsparing quality of the rides operation. The process was just clamp, grab, dip, lift, push, dip, ring, good-bye. Everything about it seemed calculated to ratchet up the sense of fear beyond rational thought and into the realm of the instinctual and neuro-chemical. As scared as I was, the drop was still surprising in its intensity. While the modern drop towers have more height and exposure going for them, they also have a bouncy, pillowy quality to the braking that takes the edge off the experience and leaves you feeling giddy and boyant. Freefall, on the other hand, rudely shoves you out to the brink and then simply pulls the floor out from under you to let gravity do its work. When you finally stop, youre on your back in a submissive posture, and rather than being gently returned to terra firma, youre unceremoniously dumped back through the hatch, flipped upright, and then hustled to your feet and out of the car to accommodate the next load. The feeling is almost one of having been roughtly used and then kicked to the curb.

Freefall is among the most psychologically sophisticated and daringly-designed amusement park rides, and although its technology now seems quaint, that only adds to its effect. I have ridden several different Intamin drop towers in several different parks, and while Im more at ease with them now, I still dont feel as if Ive mastered the experience. That, for me, is the mark of a truly great thrill ride. Unfortunately, what goes up must come down, and Freefall and its ilk are now going the way of the Dodo. Its elegy, however, is expressed in over two decades of silent screams and countless hard-edged thrills.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Pasch on 7/23/2006 10:05:00 AM
Very Scary and thrilling! An Adrenaline Junkies Dream!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up viking78 on 6/23/2006 12:53:00 PM
The Freefall tower still to this day is a one of a kind experience. You climb up that steel tower and hang out there for a few seconds just anticapating the great stomach loss coming your way. Then....BOOM you plummet down this steep tower leaving your stomach at the top. I personally prefer these Freefall towers over the new drop towers. The sensation seemd more intense. Im surprised they never developed a mega free fall at twice the height of these classic ones. What a rush that would be.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up larrygator on 4/16/2006 4:46:00 PM
I rode this today for the 1st tie in about 15 years knowing the these models are becoming rarer is they age. Of course, it still gives great floater air (Duh). The ending is much rougher (and louder) than I remember it.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up $HeRsHeY$ on 1/26/2006 8:44:00 PM
Best Intamin ag freefall ever i loved it i rode it with my 3 best friends we all screamed like little girls omg funny stuff!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jdale on 10/4/2005 4:38:00 PM
NEW REVIEW 4/16/06 After some 23 years, this ride still delivers! Its the most stomach gripping thing Ive experienced on anything, probably because it pushes you down with such force. At the top, I heard the guy next to me say, "God! Dont tell me were gonna drop from this height!". Then comes the horn, and down we go, ending up on our backs. I tried the penny trick, which proves how powerful the negative-g forces are. I really had too much fun to worry about the squealing the ride made, which usually annoys other people.
The lines for this are never that bad, so I rode it four times in a row yesterday. An amazing, rare, and gut wrenching elevator ride.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PeterD on 10/4/2005 3:32:00 PM
Now that Intamin and S&S have learned to create new, high-tech and high-thrill freefall towers, these Intamin First Generation Freefalls are slowly becoming more of a rarity. Maybe it’s for the better. Whenever the Chiller is not being launched and blasting by, Stuntman’s Freefall can be heard screeching away. Its rusting frame and third-world appearance don’t give it the most enchanting and exciting look. The ride does load pretty quickly though because the trains parade right through the station picking up its next passengers without much of a hassle. Waiting for your turn to go up the elevator might actually take longer than the ride itself. Sitting in your little cart at the bottom of the tower, you constantly hear a horn blasting signifying the next cart’s release. The ride to the top is pretty quick and you get a pretty nice view of the park for a few seconds once there. The transition to the sloping track always makes me a bit nervous for some strange reason (probably because of the ride’s shoddy look), but sure enough it is successful and you drop immediately. I have to admit that the second or two that the train drops is very intense – much more intense than I ever could have anticipated. The airtime rush is great, but it ends before you can even scream. Soon enough you screech to a halt and wait patiently to leave the train and get on with the rest of your day at Six Flags Great Adventure.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up penguin22 on 9/7/2005 9:48:00 AM
Were going old school with this ride. Very unique and a fun ride. It is heart punding as you wait to drop. A bit of a rough ending, but that doesnt take away from the ride. I have grown to love this pile of metal.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up therock on 6/10/2005 3:40:00 PM
If I were to rate this only against other freefall type rides, it would probably get an 8, but the idea that it is inherently a type of ride that is unimaginitive to me brings the score down. I simply am not impressed as much by the freefall concept as I am by the concept of inversion elements on a coaster. I remember being on the line for this ride for about an hour and a half or more, and being very disappointed by how fast it was over. I know that I cant expect a long ride when it comes to freefalls because that is their nature, but this is one reason why I dont enjoy freefalls that much, and why I search for a different ride type that makes me feel as though my time in line and my entrance fee were well spent. This ride did neither for me. It was fairly fast for the less than dramatic drop height, and seemed well constructed, so it gets points for those things, but it is still an overall disappointment for me, even considering that I wasnt expecting much since this isnt my type of ride. It wasnt spectacular, but didnt have outwardly bad qualities either. It didnt prove itself to either lean on the good side or the bad side, so it gets a 5.

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