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Fake News: Gyro Drop Amusement Park Ride Video Is NOT Real

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:48:34 Z)

Is the Gyro Drop amusement park ride, as shown in a viral video, real, with riders rapidly twirled, dangled and dropped? No, that's not true: There is a real Gyro Drop ride at a South Korean amusement park, but the viral video first posted on the park's Instagram page was digitally altered to depict a more terrifying ride than the real one.

The video originated on the park's page, but has since been shared in a post (archived here) published on June 13, 2019. It opened:

Get on the Gyro Drop???
Yea... aight

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/lavarh/videos/vb.98900750/10100899266630250/?type=2&theater

This is what social media users see:

Gyro Drop is a real that is "coupled with VR goggles to give a simulation of a futuristic landscape during the elevation sequence," according to one website that reviews parks. "After completing a short rotation at the top, the seats will be dropped, halting to a stop at the base. One can opt out of the VR goggles if needed." The Gyro Drop is in the Magic Island section of Lotte World in Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
While it is unclear who created the fake video, it is certain it is fake. Here is the park's Instagram posts, which says (translated):
If the gyro drop doubles ...? Can everyone ride this degree or not?
This is a real video of the Gyro Drop, which is scary enough with enhancement:

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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