Plans to reopen Sahara do not include Speed roller coaster

Posted Thursday, November 3, 2011 2:02 PM | Contributed by kevin38

The shuttered Sahara would reopen with a renovated casino floor and 1,622 hotel rooms, but minus its signature roller coaster, under plans unveiled Wednesday.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 2:19 PM
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The worst thing about this has nothing to do with the Sahara, which was a dump at the wrong end of the strip. The issue is that the only good roller coaster in Las Vegas is going away.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 2:23 PM
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^Correct on both counts.... +.5 each? ;)

Thursday, November 3, 2011 3:37 PM
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Jeff said:
The worst thing about this has nothing to do with the Sahara, which was a dump at the wrong end of the strip. The issue is that the only good roller coaster in Las Vegas is going away.

Amen Jeff. This was a really fun ride. too bad someone doesn't buy it and move it somewhere else either on the strip or downtown. I'm kind of thinking maybe the guys at the Gold and Silver pawn shop buy it and call it the Chumly

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 8:51 PM

I was just in Las Vegas last month and the Sahara is definitely too far away from the heart of the Strip. I stayed at the MGM and even that was a considerable walk to the Bellagio or the Venetian.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 9:41 PM
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That's why you should stay in the middle. Harrah's/Ceasar's/etc are easy walks to either end. :)


Friday, November 4, 2011 7:13 PM
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Agreed. I've always liked the Venetian and Caesars.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011 1:39 PM

How sad, is there anyone we can contact to ask them not to remove the coaster? Anyone want to start a Save Speed the Ride committee? :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011 2:41 PM

For some reason, whenever I hear about a hard-luck case, I get a strange hankering for Pepsi. Odd, that...

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Saturday, November 5, 2011 3:21 PM

They probably didn't include the coaster in the rehab process because the books say that it was a money loser. Considering that every time I've been there it wasn't open, I could see that being a factor........

Saturday, November 5, 2011 4:26 PM
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Just got back from a conference in Vegas last night. Drove by Sahara on Monday evening, and they were already in the process of preparing for work on the front of the hotel. They had the right lane closed off of LV Blvd so construction barriers could be erected. I couldn't see the vertical section when I drove by, that area was under construction and it looked like they may have already taken that down.

Sahara used to have a great thing called THE DRIVE. Give em $10, take a breathalyzer test and you had your choice of 2 GM vehicles to take around a test track they built. Hummers for the off road course, , Corvette, GTO, Caddy CTS V, Pontiac Solstice's for the paved one. Only down side was a rep had to ride passenger, and if you got too crazy he'd shut you down..

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Saturday, November 5, 2011 6:43 PM

That SUX! i've never been there to ride it! Speed looked fun!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011 2:19 PM

I didn't think Speed was that great of a ride. Granted it was the best in Vegas, but that not saying much.

Monday, November 7, 2011 5:40 PM

I was the only customer on just about every ride I took in Las Vegas. Maybe it was the time of year I visited, but Vegas seemed busy enough, and it didn't matter what time day or night, the amusement rides just didn't seem to be doing all that well.

As for Speed, I thought it was ok, I certainly took advantage of an all-attractions wristband and rode it plenty of times one afternoon. Sorry to see it go, but I can see if new owners are trying to revive Sahara the last thing they need is a roller coaster to maintain and market as a draw to a "new" resort.


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