Apocalypse (Drayton Manor)

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This article is about the freefall tower ride at Drayton Manor. For the steel stand-up roller coaster of the same name at Six Flags America, see Apocalypse (Six Flags America). For the wooden coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, see Apocalypse (Six Flags Magic Mountain). For other uses, see Apocalypse (disambiguation).
Apocalypse
Drayton Manor
Area Aerial Park
Status Operating
Opening date 27 May 2000
General statistics
Attraction type Drop tower
Manufacturer Intamin
Theme Industrial/Hazardous
Height 177 ft (54 m)
G-force 4
Rows 5
Riders per row 4
Height restriction 120 and 140 cm (3 ft 11 in and 4 ft 7 in)

Apocalypse is a 54-metre-high (177 ft) freefall tower ride located at Drayton Manor Theme Park, England.

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The ride was built by Intamin in 1999 and opened on 27 May 2000 by girl band B*Witched. The tower has five sides, with each ride gondola holding four riders. It is themed as a science operation. The ride, which has been voted 'Britain’s scariest ride' features three different forms of seating:

  • Standard - Riders sit in a standard seat for the duration of the ride with a floor beneath their feet.
  • Stand Up - Riders stand up for the duration of the ride with a floor beneath their feet.
  • Stand Up Floorless - Riders stand up for the duration of the ride with no floor beneath their feet.

In both of the stand up experiences, the gondolas tilt forwards to a 15° angle as they ascend. They return to a vertical angle as they drop.

The Apocalypse was the first stand-up tower drop in the world and it kept the title as the only one until 2005 when Hurakan Condor opened in PortAventura. The stand-up floorless variation was introduced in 2002, originally dubbed the 'Fifth Element'.

Riders reach 50 miles per hour (80 km/h), falling 54 metres (177 ft) in 4 seconds. In 2008 the ride received an Airtime Award from amusement park fansite CoasterForce.com, whose members voted it the "Best Thrill Ride in Europe".

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