- Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 8
Wild height and G-forces
- Freefall tower type: Compressed air-launched. It is a double-shot ride that both launches from its base and drops from its top.
- Height restriction to ride: 48 inches
- Height of tower: 320 feet
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Pause Seems Like an Eternity
Riders pull the over-the-shoulder harnesses down and latch them into the buckles. After the ride operators check to make sure everybody is secure, they activate the ride. The ring of seats slowly rises, providing a bit of a nerve-rattling false start, as the compressed air builds in the tower. The seats then lower slightly and pause for what seems like an eternity as passengers' hearts race and palms sweat.
Makes Riders Wobbly-Kneed
At 320 feet in the air (plus another 150 feet for the hill upon which Sky Screamer sits), the view of Niagara Falls is breathtaking. Anticipating the ensuing drop, and attached to an open seat, with legs and arms dangling, however, it's difficult to appreciate the view. Without warning...ahhhhhhh-yeeeee! The ride drops nearly 300 feet, then bounces a few times up and down the tower before mercifully returning to the base. Riders emerge, wobbly kneed, to make the long trek down the hill.
Sure, the Niagara Falls ride sits on a 150-foot hill, but the Stratosphere Tower's Big Shot is still the reigning king of tower rides. The Las Vegas ride rises a relatively puny 160 feet from the base to its tip--but the base sits on top of the 900-foot tower. By anybody's math, that's over 1000 feet in the air.