Since this is listed on both Screamscape and the official site I'd figure I'd post it here. I'm not sure how much news it is since there are no details on the designer or how far into the planning stage they are. Here is the link to the info:
I hope this does happen. Vegas is a semi-frequent stop for us and it'd be great to have a wood coaster in that area. Maybe they'll find the plans for the Herb Schmeck coaster that was supposed to be built there before he retired?
The whole LVW development sounds pretty incredible. I noticed though that the wood coaster is not part of the 60-Acre park, but part of "the Beach" development next to the San Diego Wavehouse clone - which means that the surfing ride is different than the main water park? I hope they do wind up building everything in their plan. It really will help the resort stand out from the other hotels in the area.
^^^ Sounds incredible, almost to the point of being unbelievable. I'm sure this project will get scaled down somewhat when- and if- it comes to fruition. But it is nice that a wood coaster is being considered in the first place.
I don't have doubts as to this place being built. What resorts here in Vegas didn't sound crazy when they were started? Who would want to spend hundreds of dollars to stay in a casino that looks like New York? Or Paris? Or stay in a castle? How about attending a circus show in the middle of the desert?
It's nothing abnormal at all when you live here that ideas that sound insane anyplace else in the country, or even the world, are the norm.
Myself, I would like to see it, because it's so flipping hot here, we need a water park. :) I will say that the theme park was recently added to the plan, I believe, because when it was initially announced a year or so ago, it was simply a water park.
Well, they certainly are aiming to appeal to everyone. Gotta love the environmental pitch. It even mentions how the demise of Scandia has left LV w/o a proper FEC (LV mini Grand Prix tries, God love 'em). Personally, I found the water show surprising. Sure, you can add lasers and effects, but Bellagio's will be hard to beat. I wonder if this feature will stay. I agree that Wet will happen, but I'm pretty sure some of the proposals will be shaved off, bumped to expansion projects if at all.
The heat of the desert will cook the woodie if this happens, I suspect. How does the extreme heat affect other desert wood elsewhere? Do they need much more upkeep than their counterparts in milder climate?. At any rate, I suggest they offer free sunscreen and soda to help patrons beat the heat.
BTW, who or what is the world-famous Tarkanian Basketball Academy. Are they like the Harlem Globetrotters?
Bring on the Hidden Riviera! Because toplessness is such a rare thing here... ;)
I have to agree with mamoosh, speed runs perfectly fine. As for temperature, it seems more feasible for a wooden coaster to be able to be built in Vegas than, say, AZ...... I think with the technique that GG has been using with steel supports, it seems halfway feasible that they could build one....