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The Gyro Drop video posted on Facebook is a work of CGI graphics


A video of an amusement park ride has been shared more than 25 thousand times on Facebook. The video shows that it’s a free fall ride but converts to a swing chair ride for some seconds before the free-fall. Also, the height of the ride doubles once the ride starts. Let’s try to check the authenticity of the video in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: The video shows a Gyro-ride which has swing chair convertibility and can increase its height by twice once the ride starts.

Fact: The video shows an edited CGI version of ‘Gyro Ride -2’ located at the Lotte World in South Korea. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.  

When the video in the post is divided into frames using Invid plugin and the frames are run through Google Reverse Image Search, it was found that the ride in the video belongs to the Lotte World Adventure Amusement Park, South Korea. The information on the ride can be found on the official website of the Amusement Park. The details of the ride mention nothing about the swing chair or height extension capabilities of the ride other than the free-fall experience.

Also, when searched for the actual videos of the ride, the videos can be found on the Google Maps page of the Lotte World. The videos do not show the ride converting into a swing chair or doubling its height. Only free-falling of the seats can be seen in the videos. The videos of the ride can be watched here, here, and here.

In the search results, it can also be found that organizations like CNN and Snopes have already written articles terming the video as ‘fake’. To sum it up, the Gyro Drop video posted on Facebook is a work of CGI graphics. It’s not real.

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