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What's The Scariest Thrill Ride You've Ever Been On?

SheiKra at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

SkeiKra is by far the scariest ride at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, but this will all change in spring of 2014 with the opening of Falcon's Fury.

(Courtesy Bryce Edwards/Flickr)

While doing story research for an upcoming piece about this year's latest and greatest mind-blowing theme park attractions—keep your eyes peeled later this month—I came across this video announcement from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay about a new thrill ride called Falcon's Fury due to open in the spring of 2014. In what will be the first ride of its kind, Falcoln's Fury will lift riders 335 feet straight up above the park before dropping them to the ground at an incredible 60 miles per hour. Sure, it may sound like your typical drop-tower ride, but the twist is, you'll be falling fast at a 90-degree angle, giving you a face-down, birds-eye view of everything as you drop.

The new ride will be 100 feet taller than SheiKra, the park's current terrifying face-down thrill ride, and personally, the scariest, yet most amazing roller coaster I've ever been on. I had never been a roller coaster person—a particularly frightening ride on the Ghost Rider at Knotts Berry Farm had essentially scarred me as a young child—and it had taken me quite some time before I dared to attempt another enormous coaster ride. Luckily, our family moved to the Tampa Bay area during my high school and college years, and one day I gathered up enough courage to let my friends officially drag me onto Montu, another steel coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. After one ride, I was absolutely hooked. We went on Montu and Kumba every chance we got, and eventually worked my way up to a ride on SkeiKra, the ride pictured above that takes you up 200 feet, eases into a 90-degree angle, and drops you straight down at 70 miles per hour into a looping roller coaster. If that's not a thrill ride, I don't know what is.

We want to know: what's the scariest thrill ride you've ever been on? Are you an adrenaline junkie who seeks out the biggest and most exciting thrill rides, or do you prefer classic wooden roller coasters and calmer rides? Tell us about it below!

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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