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650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip

Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile

Posted:
6/18/13 at
5:03:10 PM

This announcement is a joke because this roller coaster based on the rendering is going to fail to meet expectations for what roller coaster fans would expect for a ride this tall.

Full scream ahead: Company proposes 650-foot-tall roller coaster on Strip

As Las Vegas turns to high-adrenaline rides to freshen its appeal to visitors, one developer has quietly started to move ahead with a roller coaster that would look down on all but one building on the Strip.

U.S. Thrill Rides LLC has submitted plans to the Federal Aviation Administration in April to build the 650-foot-tall Polercoaster, the company’s name for a scream machine that combines an observation tower with a coaster on the way up and down. Because of the height and location — a map with the application shows it at the Tropicana — the agency must assess any potential hazard posed to the planes flying in and out of nearby McCarran International Airport.

Because the FAA is still evaluating the project, critical pieces such as financing and a firm deal on the site still have not fallen into place.

However, U.S. Thrill Rides President Michael Kitchen said the company has held discussions with banks willing to furnish loans for the Polercoaster, with an estimated cost approaching $100 million.

He declined to comment on the location. A spokeswoman for Tropicana did not comment.

“This will be the tallest roller coaster in the world,” he said. “Since Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, we think it will get higher visibility and foot traffic than other places.”

Windmere, Fla.-based U.S. Thrill Rides has built about 300 rides, many of them roller coasters for amusement parks. Company founder and CEO Bill Kitchen, Michael Kitchen’s father, said he conceived the Polercoaster idea as a way to add a thrill ride to an existing destination that lacks much open land. Continue reading...

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Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by chris92se chris92se Profile at 6/18/13 7:42:50 PM
It will probably appeal more to drunk, reckless Vegas party people than actual coaster enthusiasts. Same with the crap on top of the Stratosphere. Lame "coasters" but they are on top of the Stratosphere.

Most of us who go there will probably pay the $30 or $40 to ride it ONCE just because it is the tallest.

Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by Schrecken Schrecken Profile at 6/18/13 9:05:13 PM
I saw this on another forum, and if it is to look like what we see in the pic, it looks pretty mediocre. Looks almost like a seriously extended version of the High Roller (or perhaps the world's biggest Chance Toboggan!).

I'd love to see a coaster with a 600 ft drop, but I don't think this will cut it.

Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by antikythera antikythera Profile at 6/18/13 9:08:59 PM
I concur with the comment above. It sucks because if it's built, numerous news outlets will write about how it's the biggest coaster in the world, leaving out the fact that it'll probably be mediocre at best. I've never been to Las Vegas (I missed my chance many years ago), but everything has always been half-assed. I don't expect any different.
Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by skc2000 at 6/18/13 11:13:49 PM
It will be a little exciting to see how Six Flags Great Adventures will market kingda ka after this coaster is built LOL.

worlds fastest coaster

worlds tallest coaster to reach speeds over(whatever the top speed of this coaster will be)

worlds tallest intamin coaster

worlds tallest non casino coaster

tallest coaster on the east coast

I am just waiting to see what SFGADV will say about their Kingda Ka coaster after they hear about this.
When i go to sleep tonight i will be dreaming about what Kingda Ka will be marketed as after this coaster is built LOL.

skc2000

Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 6/19/13 1:26:34 AM
Schrecken said:

Looks almost like a seriously extended version of the High Roller (or perhaps the world's biggest Chance Toboggan!)

That's exactly what I was thinking that it resembles, a gargantuan Chance Toboggan. I can imagine that this thing is gonna have hella MCBRs to keep it in check, and from going outta control at those lofty heights.

Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 6/19/13 1:49:51 AM
Two interesting thoughts.

Yes, it will be interesting to see Six Flags response if Kingda Ka is no longer the tallest roller coaster. However, they will retain title for the largest drop and I think that's ultimately what really counts.

I couldn't agree more about references to the Chance Toboggan, aka, the "coffin" coaster.

As for the mid-course brakes I'm not certain they'll have to design it with them. Block brakes yes, for multi-train operation, but brakes to check the speed may not be necessary because according to the description the track layout will include inversions and obviously some upward helices which should keep the speed under control.

I like Vegas, but I certainly won't be running out there to ride this. I'm hopefully it won't get approved. The strip has enough observation towers and the last thing it needs is another one that looks like the iconic Stratosphere.

Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by antikythera antikythera Profile at 6/19/13 10:06:17 AM
skc2000 said:

It will be a little exciting to see how Six Flags Great Adventures will market kingda ka after this coaster is built LOL.


worlds fastest coaster

worlds tallest coaster to reach speeds over(whatever the top speed of this coaster will be)

worlds tallest intamin coaster

worlds tallest non casino coaster

tallest coaster on the east coast

I am just waiting to see what SFGADV will say about their Kingda Ka coaster after they hear about this.
When i go to sleep tonight i will be dreaming about what Kingda Ka will be marketed as after this coaster is built LOL.

skc2000

They will most likely go with the Tallest on the East Coast. It still signals grandiosity in the minds of the general public and that's all SFGA needs to sustain. Most people won't go to Vegas unless they have a reason, so while it'll be talked about as the tallest, most probably will never ride it and settle for the Tallest on the East Coast.

Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 6/19/13 11:42:41 AM
I guess this would be cool to ride, but it doesn't interest me at all really...when Kingda Ka was built, I would have traveled across the globe to ride it. Luckily, it's a nice 45 minute drive to it :)
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Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by BigShotRoz BigShotRoz Profile at 6/19/13 7:29:45 PM
chris92se said:

It will probably appeal more to drunk, reckless Vegas party people than actual coaster enthusiasts. Same with the crap on top of the Stratosphere. Lame "coasters" but they are on top of the Stratosphere.

There's one ride on the "Strat" that is worth the money. Big Shot is one of the few S&S space shot Mark I versions, with massive airtime at the top! Not to mention the view!

Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 6/19/13 7:58:01 PM
That's funny. Personal opinions vary and I think Big Shot is a good ride, but the weakest of the three. I used to think the air-time was exceptional, but after returning for re-rides and having more experience with other space shots it really is no different than the others.

X-Scream and Insanity really take you over the edge and screw with ones fear of heights.

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Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 11/16/13 3:12:22 AM
Word is that the first 'Polercoaster' will open in Georgia. A future sports complex in the Atlanta suburbs named LakePoint Sporting Community will have it; Although at around 325 ft, it will be only roughly half the height of the Vegas Polercoaster. It seems like these suburban sports complexes with amusement rides are the new thing now (like with Houston's Grand Texas).

www.amusementtoday.com/lakepoint-sporting-community-to-build-the-first-polercoaster-in-the-united-states/

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/first-polercoaster-to-open-in-georgias.html

www.lakepointsports.com

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Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 11/16/13 11:14:35 AM
Looks like a giant waste of time and money to me. I was curious about one thing:

Windmere, Fla.-based U.S. Thrill Rides has built about 300 rides, many of them roller coasters for amusement parks.

They've built 300 rides? I've never heard of them. What have they built? And is it anything at all worth note? The only things I saw on their website were a couple of prototypes that I've never heard of actually being installed anywhere.

Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 11/16/13 11:14:59 AM
Vegas has a polarcoaster??
Dion
Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 11/16/13 11:51:48 AM
chitlins73 said:

Vegas has a polarcoaster??

Not yet...

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by drachen drachen Profile at 11/17/13 12:20:08 AM
beastmaster said:

chitlins73 said:

Vegas has a polarcoaster??

Not yet...

Depends on your definition of a 'polercoaster'...

Yeah. I went there...

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Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 11/17/13 1:51:40 AM
^^^LMAO!

SirWillow said:

They've built 300 rides? I've never heard of them. What have they built? And is it anything at all worth note? The only things I saw on their website were a couple of prototypes that I've never heard of actually being installed anywhere.

Sky Coasters, Indoor Sky Diving Simulators, and the Chance Uni-coaster are the current-day attractions that USTR has invented (Bill Kitchen).

www.usthrillrides.com/about/

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Re: 650-foot Tall Roller Coaster Proposed for Las Vegas Strip *NM* by rollercoasterfreek18 rollercoasterfreek18 Profile at 11/17/13 1:52:53 PM
LOL I agree
Tallest Coaster in the World in Florida for 2014! by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 11/20/13 2:41:05 AM
According to TPR with their coverage at IAAPA, Micheal Kitchen with US Thrill Rides said that the tallest rollercoaster (a Polercoaster) will be coming to the state of Florida, at a yet unknown locale; It will have over 8 THOUSAND feet of track, and the height will be over 525 feet. My guess is that it'll most likely be somewhere in the Central FL area near, or in Orlando.

He also mentioned the ATL LakePoint at over 325 ft tall coaster, but no news on the proposed 650 Vegas coaster. So the Nevada coaster will not happen in 2014 if ever.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogwl1ZGWyBE

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