The design process has begun for Falcon’s Flight, the signature attraction of Six Flags Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia’s first family-oriented theme park.
Built by Intamin Amusement Rides, Falcon’s Flight is set to become the world’s longest, fastest, and tallest coaster. It will travel across approximately 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles), feature a vertical cliff dive maneuver into a 160-meter-deep (about 525 feet) valley using magnetic motor acceleration, and hit speeds of 250+ kilometers per hour (155+ miles per hour).
Falcon’s Flight will also claim the title of the world’s tallest free-standing coaster structure, featuring a parabolic airtime hill that allows for a weightlessness airtime experience.
“Roller coaster fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating this ride since it was announced, as there is nothing quite like it anywhere else,” said Philippe Gas, CEO of Qiddiya. “Now we are in the design stage with the experts at Intamin and the engineering team at Six Flags, the excitement is building! Falcon’s Flight will dominate the skyline at Qiddiya, weave all the way around our destination—right out of the theme park, up the cliffside, and down the cliff face—the greatest drop of any ride in the world; it won’t be for the faint-hearted!”
On the coaster—which will last for three minutes—up to 20 riders will experience the exhilaration of three electromagnetic propulsion launch systems, as well as panoramic views of Six Flags Qiddiya and the Resort Core.
“I will never forget the moment when I was standing at the edge of the 200-meter-high cliff on the Tuwaiq Mountain in Qiddiya, looking into the valley and imagining the creation of a future record-setting roller coaster,” said Daniel Schoppen, vice president of Design & Development for Intamin. “I knew that exactly at this spot, the Falcon’s Flight will dive down along the cliff, ending in a unique exhilarating 250+ [kilometers per hour] proximity flight close to the ground. The worldwide unique setting and heights such as the natural cliff will enable us to design an architectural masterpiece in steel.”
Spanning 79 acres and featuring 28 rides and attractions across six themed lands, Six Flags Qiddiya is set to open in 2023. To learn more, click here.