It failed to receive zoning approval. The coaster was supposed to cross Las Vegas Blvd. and have a giant arch sign over it as well. Essentially concerns from the locals over noise, etc. led to the city council to reject the project.
Now what really would have been neat is if the elevator plan had gone through and a King King replica would have scaled the side of the tower...
I agree, that end of the strip needs some work. From the Stratosphere to the Fashion Show Mall, it's kinda blah. I think instead of a huge new ride, the Stratosphere should do a complete overhaul and remodel so it's "up there" with the other casinos on the strip, even if it's kinda far from the bigger ones.
Does the technology even exist to make it possible to build a 750' coaster, especially when it comes to trains? It just seems to me that the current specs would obviously not be viable for such an endeavor. It seems like it would be rather costly--not only to build, but to maintain and ensuring safety. I've not heard many good things about coasters in Vegas, so I'd be rather concerned.
But I don't really know about what they were intending to build.
^^ thanks for sharing! I hadn't seen that one. I wonder - at 120 mph it wouldn't exactly be freefalling I think - the ride must really loose a lot of momentum with the second tower only being a little over 1/2 the size of the first, but maybe that's just what happens at this size.
There's nothing wrong with the strip from the Wynn and all points south. Well, not a fan of Tropicana or Imperial Palace, or the little strip mall with the McDonald's, but it's generally in pretty good shape.
^Yeah, I even SAW the model in the lobby at the Strat....unfortunately, didn't have my camera with me at the time, and it was gone by the time I got back...bet it's hiding out somewhere in the basement growing dusty (not moldy though, it's in the desert).