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This face-first drop ride will scare your crap sideways

"Just don't look down!" is the advice most people would give to anybody afraid of heights. Same goes for anyone scared during the buildup on a drop ride, one of those towers that simply send you falling straight down.

Well, apparently, drop rides aren't scary enough on their own for some people. And for those people, Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida has just the solution: Have riders face the ground. And on top of that, it's also North America's tallest drop tower, sending you down 335ft at a petrifying speed of 60mph.

Falcon's Fury -- named after a very specific angry bird -- is the only totally face-first drop ride experience, and it's just opened to scare the s*&t out of you.

To maximize its fear capital, the 32-seat ride teasingly tips riders over the edge of its peak, at a 90-degree angle -- that way, they can get a good long look at where they're headed. Quite literally, since they have no choice but to look down, unless they close their eyes.

Supposedly, the ride's been specially engineered so that no one knows when they'll fall until the very second it happens.

And when that happens, according to the ride's website, riders will be free-falling for an entire five to six seconds, making even Tom Petty proud.

Visit Busch Gardens to attempt the experience for yourself, or watch the POV video below for a virtual plunge.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.