Lex Luthor - Drop of Doom testing video, & delayed opening news

Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:06 AM

Here's a HD video showing Lex Luthor - Drop of Doom testing. Holy cow that's a LONG free fall drop. You may have to watch the video in full screen since the video was shot in portrait mode to capture the entire tower in one shot.

http://youtu.be/1iA2TkVyaJA

Also, the ride's scheduled opening date of this Saturday June 30th has been delayed until July 7.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 9:10 AM

This is what I have to say about that...

http://youtu.be/Bt9zSfinwFA

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:01 AM

Terrifying.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 1:28 PM

Wow!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:04 PM

I think I've become jaded....that car slowed quickly, and pretty high off the ground. I need a bigger thrill I suppose... LOL! ;~P

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:52 PM

When they build one on the side of the Sears, er, I mean, Willis Tower, I'll be impressed.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:12 PM

rollergator said:

....that car slowed quickly, and pretty high off the ground.

I wonder how much, if any, of a difference it will make when it has eight 175lb. riders loaded in the seats...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:21 PM

g = 9.8 m/s²

The weight of riders doesn't change that.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:26 PM

I'm pretty sure he was talking about the rate of deceleration in a loaded vs empty car. Not the speed of the fall.

-Nate

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:29 PM

^ This, thank you.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:34 PM

Makes me wish that the drop ride off the side of the Vegas Stratosphere wasn't canned a few years back.

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Friday, June 29, 2012 8:17 AM

^ they still have the bungee drop of the side don't they?

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Friday, June 29, 2012 9:33 AM

Yeah, but that thing has no capacity.

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Friday, June 29, 2012 9:44 AM

Does The Vegas Stratosphere have a pop admission ticket with an average attendance of between 20 and 50 thousand a day (just a wild guess)? No? Then their rides do not need high capacity.

Oh wait, you were joking. well in that case... l. o. l.

:)

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Friday, June 29, 2012 10:24 AM

I remember when they were debating the Stratosphere ride, saying that they didn't want the area to be less classy. You know, because that end of the strip is super fancy.

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Friday, June 29, 2012 10:48 AM

Actually, last time I was there (and it wasn't even a busy time of year), there was a 45 minute wait just to get to the top of the Stratosphere. In this case I'd say that they really do need more capacity. Smiley face.

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Friday, June 29, 2012 11:02 AM

I haven't bothered chasing statistics, but this looks to be broadly speaking the same as the ride in Dreamworld, which is awesome. Great to see another one.

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Friday, June 29, 2012 2:39 PM

The bungee ride off the side of the Strat. is much more of a controlled fall than anything else and I think it costs in the neighborhood of $100.

Also, to be snarky re: speed of descent and g and all that: friction.

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Friday, June 29, 2012 3:33 PM

I'm pretty sure the Stratosphere fall isn't a freefall for the overwhelming majority of the fall. So it's basically an inconvenient, expensive, open-air elevator.

I want to grab whoever owns that building and go "We get it. The building is tall. Lame rides are still lame when they're on a 1000' platform. Build something thrilling already."

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