Developer proposes world's tallest roller coaster for Las Vegas

Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:59 AM | Contributed by Alexatucla

The newest attraction on the Las Vegas Strip may not be a new hotel, casino or nightclub but a 650-foot roller coaster. Florida-based U.S. Thrill Rides submitted an application in April to the Federal Aviation Administration for the so-called "Polercoaster." The application is classified as a "work in progress."

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:08 AM
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Toboggan's Revenge?


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:17 AM
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Superboggan.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:22 AM
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Thinking about the Windseeker debacle, how do they plan to evacuate from that high up?


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:29 AM
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Each rider is given a parachute. If the ride gets stuck, they are radioed a code to unlock the restraint. They then climb out to the edge of the structure and simply base jump to safety. Simple as that. :-)


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:02 PM
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I am assuming they will have stairs and walkways the entire length of the track to accommodate evacuations. That being said it would still be pretty terrifying for most to have to do a walk down.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:27 PM
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why have stairs for an evac when you can have a slide :)


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Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:58 AM
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In all seriousness, I would be shocked if the tower didn't have an elevator that ran up through the middle. They could have maintenance/evac levels near any place the coaster could be break blocked or anywhere it could valley. That would accommodate anyone needing to be evacuated.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:28 AM
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It has two elevators running up the middle, actually.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:39 AM
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The elevator enthusiasts will be thrilled. :-)

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I wonder if they count. And if they count, do they count a set of elevators as one or multiple credits. :)


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Thursday, June 20, 2013 5:53 PM

It's not about how big your elevator shaft record is but what your favorite back lit color is.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013 6:06 PM
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For the record, the elevator to the exhibit area at the International Spy Museum is the best ever.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013 6:49 PM
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Just now on Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern was riding the world's fastest elevator, in Taiwan. It runs about 60 KPH....over 37 miles per hour. That seems crazy fast to me. Turns out it is....the second-fastest is about 10mph slower, and the fastest in this country just over than 20mph.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:05 PM
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Perhaps a better solution would be to board the people at the top of the ride. That way the pax can elevator up. If the train gets stuck on the lift, no biggie. Also they could then make the lift steeper not having to worry about passenger comfort. But I'm assuming the lift up the tower is part of the attraction.

If I were buying a ticket for this attraction, (And I assume it will be expensive) for my money I'd want to take the spiral lift up, get off the ride, enjoy the observation deck, and then ride the coaster down when I'm ready to leave.

I'm assuming there will be a regular elevator up and down for chickens as well.

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Friday, June 21, 2013 2:46 AM
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I am beginning to find this elevator enthusiast thing really interesting, in a funny way. First off, are there really people in the world like this and second off, do they find coaster enthusiasts to be just as goofy as I do about them?


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Friday, June 21, 2013 10:08 AM
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They're good people. You get a few who still prefer the charming older elevators that still have attendants, but most prefer the flashy stuff.

It sucks when you run into them during an ERT session, though. They press all the buttons to see how long it takes to make it all the way to the top floor.

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Friday, June 21, 2013 10:35 AM
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They're all assholes...until you meet them in person. ;-)


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Friday, June 21, 2013 10:37 AM

rollergator said:
Just now on Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern was riding the world's fastest elevator, in Taiwan. It runs about 60 KPH....over 37 miles per hour. That seems crazy fast to me. Turns out it is....the second-fastest is about 10mph slower, and the fastest in this country just over than 20mph.

Can you imagine taking that down and jumping when it starts?


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Friday, June 21, 2013 11:27 AM
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Hopefully they aren't as well fed as coaster enthusiasts. Could be dangerous. ;)


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Friday, June 21, 2013 3:18 PM
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sirloindude said:

It sucks when you run into them during an ERT session, though. They press all the buttons to see how long it takes to make it all the way to the top floor.

Line of the day.


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