Doctor Doom's Fearfall

Doctor Doom's Fearfall is a space shot ride located in the Islands of Adventure theme park at Universal Orlando Resort, based on the Marvel Comics supervillain Doctor Doom. The ride opened on May 28, 1999.[1]

Doctor Doom's Fearfall
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Universal's Islands of Adventure
AreaMarvel Super Hero Island
Coordinates28°28′11.86″N 81°28′10.64″W / 28.4699611°N 81.4696222°W / 28.4699611; -81.4696222
Soft opening dateMarch 27, 1999 (1999-03-27)
Opening dateMay 28, 1999 (1999-05-28)
Ride statistics
Attraction typeSpace shot
ManufacturerS&S Power
ThemeFantastic Four
Height185 ft (56 m)
Speed40 mph (64 km/h)
Capacity550 riders per hour
Vehicle typeGondola
Riders per vehicle16
Height restriction52 in (132 cm)
Single rider line available
Must transfer from wheelchair


The ride's towers

In 1991, planning began for a new theme park adjacent to Universal Studios Florida. By the end of 1993, it was decided that one area of the future Islands of Adventure theme park would be themed after Marvel Comics. In 1997, it was confirmed that Doctor Doom's Fearfall would be a part of the new park.[2] On May 28, 1999, Islands of Adventure officially opened to the public, with Doctor Doom's Fearfall being one of its debut attractions.[3]



The ride's seating, based on the Fantastic Four's outfits

Riders first enter a Latverian-themed embassy containing the science laboratory of Doctor Doom. The ride's entrance contains televisions showing fictional propaganda films heralding the glory of Latveria and Doctor Doom's latest invention, and its intimidating ability to defeat the Fantastic Four using the primary additive of pure fear, hence the menacing title of the ride.[4] The waiting line takes the guests through a series of dark, elongated hallways, painted with the vibrant theme colors of purple, blue, lime green, and orange. The ride's narrative places riders as test subject of Doctor Doom. The theming sets up the rider as captive who will have their fear extracted for Doctor Doom's weapon.[5][6]


After walking through the queue, guests reach purple doors that function similar to an elevator. After using the elevator, riders have reached Doctor Doom's launch platform. When the guests arrive on the loading platform, directly ahead are the ride's seats, aligned in a straight row of four. There is also a side compartment located near the seats for personal belongings to be stored while experiencing the ride.[7] After riders have safely fastened all seatbelts, Doctor Doom (Neil Ross) explains his plan to "become the most powerful man on Earth by using riders' fear as fuel".[7] A doombot commences the countdown, as the ride begins to rise.[7] After the countdown and slight elevation of the vehicle, riders are suddenly launched into the air in an immediate and swift blast for a total ride approximation of about 60 to 90 seconds.[7] The initial launch shoots riders high up into the sky, where the whole park can be overlooked. The ride then drops directly down, launches up again, and then drops down one final time. The last vertical drop slows down considerably, making the landing smooth and relieving after the immense adrenaline rush.[tone] Once the riders return to the ground, Doom laughs manically as he successfully got everything he wanted: fear.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Doctor Doom's Fearfall at Universal's Islands of Adventure". Orlando Informer. March 13, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Incredible Hulk  (Islands of Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Super Hero Island is Marvel". Amusement Business. 111 (14): 18–19. April 5, 1999.
  5. ^ "The Incredible Hulk Coaster Queue at Islands Of Adventure". YouTube. May 29, 2017. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Doctor Doom's Fearfall Queue in 1080p HD~Universal Orlando". Orlando Tourist Bureau. June 30, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Islands Of Adventure Dr. Doom Fear Fall POV Universal Studios Florida". YouTube. May 29, 2017. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  8. ^ "INSIDE THE RIDE: DOCTOR DOOM FEARFALL AT ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE". Orlando Fun Tickets. June 30, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2017.

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