Proposed to be located in the Forbidden Kingdom area of the theme park, the new drop tower will be a direct replacement for Rameses Revenge. Standing at an overall height of 25.6m, the base of the tower will be set in the existing hollow alongside the ride’s operator cabin and plant and mechanical rooms. Guests will be carried to the top of the ride on board a 16 seat gondola, before released to ‘free-fall’ down the tower. Although it is not stated within the application who the manufacturer of the ride is, plans do confirm that there are no comparable attractions at Merlin parks in the UK, ruling out the possibility that it could be a transfer of an existing attraction.
The key theming feature for the new ride will be a 12.1m tall and 12.5m wide open-mouthed crocodile head, which will be situated around the tower to make it appear that guests are plummeting into the crocodile’s open mouth as they drop. This structure will be based on the Ancient Egyptian god Sobek, who was represented in Egyptian mythology in both crocodile form, and as a human with a crocodile head, and will have an “aged and rustic mystical appearance” to fit in with the already established Egyptian theme of Forbidden Kingdom. The ride will also incorporate fountains to spray water at riders as they submerge into the themed tunnel, as well as a range of lighting and smoke effects, all designed to enhance the narrative for both riders and spectators.