Surrounding the Las Vegas New York New York Hotel & Casino and visible from the surrounding Las Vegas Strip, Big Apple Coaster (formerly called Manhattan Express or Roller Coaster) starts from a height of twenty stories. The ride features two successive drops, the largest 144 feet, to reach a maximum speed of 67 mph. Big Apple Coaster's layout includes two inversions, a vertical loop and the world's first "heartline" twist and dive maneuver. Designed to simulate a barrel roll in a jet fighter, the trains roll 180-degrees, hang upside down for a moment 86-feet in the air, and then dive back under themselves. The ride concludes with some bunny hops and quick turns atop the casino roof.
Inversions: Vertical Loop and Twist and Dive
2013 – Roller Coaster renamed Big Apple Coaster
2007 – Manhattan Express renamed Roller Coaster
August 2006 – The original trains built by Togo were replaced with new trains built by Premier Rides.
2004 – Magnetic brake system added by Premier Rides.
Opening date: January 3, 1997
Train has four cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 54 inches tall
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