While there are very few remaining first generation Intamin drop towers around, Demon Drop continues to thrill guests at Dorney Park. Originally built in 1983 for Cedar Point, DD was moved to Dorney in 2010 and given a new life.
Unlike the current drop towers with their minimalistic cars and dangling legs, Demon Drop features a cage-like ride vehicle seating 4 across. After being secured in the car with over the shoulder restraints, the car slowly backs up on the tower.
After attaching to the lift mechanism, you begin the 131 foot climb to the top. One of the coolest things is that you can see the track in front of you as you climb, at first at an angle an then the 90 degree section.
Clicking into place at the top of the tower, the car inches forward, and you're able to see the whole structure. Since the floor of the car is grated, you can also see straight down.
You drop and quickly end up on your back at the bottom of the ride. Here is where the rough part happens as your car reverses direction and then drops back down to the loading area. Over the years, this slight drop has seemed to get worse and worse, and unless you want a headache for the rest of the day, I suggest you keep your head off the head rest during this part of the ride.