The Falcon’s Flight coaster will travel about two and a half miles at speeds of up to 155 miles per hour. One of the vertical cliff dives will fall about 525 feet into a valley by using magnetic motor acceleration, the company said in a release earlier this year. Each three-minute ride will carry up to 20 passengers, who will also experience three electromagnetic propulsion launch systems. The ride will be the world’s tallest freestanding coaster “featuring a parabolic airtime hill allowing a weightlessness airtime experience,” the release explained. For those who aren’t distracted by the thrills, Falcon’s Flight will also offer panoramic views of the park.
“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,” Daniel Schoppen of Intamin Amusement Rides, which is working on the coaster’s design, said in a statement. “I knew that exactly at this spot, the Falcon’s Flight will dive down along the cliff, ending in a unique, exhilarating 250 km/h (155 mph) 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.”