Apocalypse (Drayton Manor)
|Opening date||27 May 2000|
|Attraction type||Drop tower|
|Height||177 ft (54 m)|
|Riders per row||4|
|Height restriction||120 cm (3 ft 11 in)|
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.
- 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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