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Buffalo Bill's Hotel and Casino

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Ron Toomer of Arrow Dynamics designed the Desperado, a record-breaking roller coaster that was the tallest and fastest in the world when it opened in 1994. Located at Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino at the Stateline between California and Nevada, the roller coaster has become an area landmark, that is visible for miles. Despite the odd location, Desperado attracts plenty of attention from the thousands of passing motorists traveling to and from Las Vegas. Desperado is 209 feet tall and features an unforgettable 225-foot drop into a dark, enclosed tunnel. The coaster's thirty-passenger trains then rocket along more than a mile of steel track at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour!

See related: Desperado Review for pictures.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1994 Steel Hypercoaster Arrow Dynamics
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  • Number Of Trains
    3 - 30 passenger

Desperado Facts & History

March 17, 2020 - December 23, 2022 – Buffalo Bills Hotel & Casino remained closed due to COVID-19. The hotel and casino reopened on Christmas Eve, but there has been no announcement regarding reopening the amusement rides.

October 2019 – Standing-but-not-operating (SBNO) since the seasonal closure of the resort's amusement rides.

Opening date: May 14, 1994

Train has five cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

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