Who's brave enough for the world's first underground drop ride?
July 31, 2017, 3:28 PM ·
Sure, you've probably been on drop rides before. Maybe a park like Disney spends a bunch of cash to encase the thing in a themed shell, such as on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. But all drop rides follow pretty much the same formula — haul you up into the air, then drop you back to the ground.
Colorado's Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has reversed the formula with its new Haunted Mine Drop, which opened today. This is the world's first underground drop ride, simulating the terrifying sensation of free falling in a mine shaft.
Okay, maybe not simulating... since you're pretty much actually dropping in a mine shaft. Industry veteran Stan Checketts built the 110-foot drop ride, which is set up by a themed introduction created by Creative Visions of St. Louis. Mining relics and video effects set the scene, leading up to a Pepper's Ghost illusion which tells the story of the mine's closing... and haunting.
"Not only is the building themed like an old mine, the ride drops down a shaft excavated out of solid rock the same way that a real mine shaft would be," Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park owner Steve Beckley said in a statement. "The temperature drops, and the earthy smell of the rock adds authenticity to the experience."
Here's a promo video from the park, covering today's opening, including comments from Checketts.
In 2013, Theme Park Insider's James Koehl visited Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and reviewed the park's unique collection of thrill attractions.