Skyscraper animation posted, one year after initial announcement

Posted Monday, November 17, 2014 3:37 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The developer behind the Orlando "polercoaster" reveals the layout for the new ride prior to the start of IAAPA.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:57 PM

I assume what is missing from the video are platforms throughout the ride at different levels where they will be able to move a car to in order to unload passengers into the interior of the tower and get them down that way.

I would love to watch this ride but I think it would be too disorienting for me to ride without getting sick. The height doesn't bother me but the nausea would do me in I'm afraid.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:16 PM
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Looks like something cool to try when it eventually opens, but im not familiar with Skyplex. Would this been included in some sort of admission or be a pay per ride type of deal?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:53 PM

The video cuts between p.o.v. and off-ride so there appears to be no flat spots, but I'd assume before the big drops there would be a spot for a block brake. It's just a rendering, I know, but from the street view there appears to be more than one train on the circuit at a time so there would have to be a blocking system of some sort, right? So wahoo skipper may be right about evacuation into the tower. One would hope, anyway.

Skyplex is to be an entertainment center of some sort, with an observation tower, restaurants, night life, stuff like that. I'd guess the coaster is a pay-per-ride atttraction as part of the fun.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:47 PM

Looks interesting, but not really that intense. It's not like it has a 500ft drop and it doesn't appear to be that fast, either. It just goes through a bunch of leisurely coaster elements as it winds it's way to the bottom. I would say that it's more of a novelty at this point.

Last edited by Coaster Fan, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:48 PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:39 AM
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There would almost have to be brakes throughout the ride, or else the capacity would be terrible. And despite what I said in my above post, about how it looks like there are no trims, there is no way this could run without trims throughout the course. I just fear that if it becomes drop, element, stop, repeat, that it might not end up being as thrilling. Either way, I cannot wait for it to be built, and I will be there to ride it soon after.

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:39 AM
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:34 AM

Looks pretty thrilling to me. I can see in some parts where it's not moving very fast, but it looks like it picks up some pretty good speed about halfway down or so. I wonder what the top speed will be.

And, when will this thing open? Looks like it would take a while to build this entire structure.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:58 AM
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The article says 2017 but frankly I'm still not convinced this thing is ever actually going to get off the ground. The credentials for the people running this operation seem lacking to pull this off.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:25 AM

Why does this remind me of Flashback at SFMM? Must be some of those awful transitions and restraints. I have earache just watching this.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:41 AM
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I think they've already broken ground. My understanding is that this is the project of a son of a wealthy developer, and that while largely ego-driven, the money is certainly there. That's the gossip, at least. With the giant Ferris wheel under construction already, there seems to be some momentum to make that part of I-Drive less crappy and more upscale, like the parts closer to the convention center.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:32 PM

Looks like the result of an El Loco going on a cocaine bender with the ArrowBATic concept.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:04 PM
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Chitown said:

Reminds me of a Euro Fighter on steroids.

Hopefully it rides better. ;-)

The trick was to surrender to the flow.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:14 PM
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Grant said:

Why does this remind me of Flashback at SFMM? Must be some of those awful transitions and restraints. I have earache just watching this.

Funny, I thought the same thing. I rode it when it was Z-Force at SFGA when I was a kid. And much later, towards the end of its life at SFMM. I didn't like it as a kid, and I liked everything when I was a kid. Much of that, I'm sure, was due to the restraints and the train. Those types of elements are not meant to be taken with such large trains.

But that has all evolved since then. El Loco (Vegas) is extremely comfortable, especially considering all the crazy stuff it does. (leaps and bounds better than the almost identical Steel Hawg.) I have faith that this can be pulled off correctly, and once again, cannot wait!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 3:57 PM

Mango's Cafe, which is a fine dining/hotspot in Miami is making its way to Orlando and will anchor this complex. It's supposed to go first, ready by next year sometime, so maybe that part is the ground work we see now. I'd guess the other stuff comes later.
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who is still slightly skeptical about this project. I still have "believe it when I see it" in the back of my mind.

And maybe it's just a version of a Eurofighter or an El Loco, but still... It's waaaaaay the hell up there and that, friends, will make all the difference. I think the stunts at that sustained height would be so much more thrilling (read: scarier) than a 500 foot drop at blackout speed with a mile long pull out. At this point it looks like a nice, long, well thought-out ride.

And I've forgotten, maybe Jeff can clear this up for me. But won't it be on the corner of Sand Lake and I Drive, across Sand Lake from that worlds biggest McDonalds? Or thereabouts? Which would put it kind of across I-Drive from the Eye?
Somehow Sand Lake is the Great Divide of I Drive. Towards Universal it's ticky-tacky city. Towards the convention center it's much nicer, with a boulevard, better restaurants, and hotels. This looks like it will be the start of that, maybe?

Last edited by RCMAC, Wednesday, November 19, 2014 4:09 PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 4:58 PM
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I think it's in the same block as the wheel.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:03 PM

So who actually designs this thing? S&S Sansei lists the PolerCoaster and SkySpire under their Products, under license of US Thrill Rides.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:38 PM

Maybe the money for this thing is there, based on comments above. However, this just totally seems like so many announcements we've heard before. Best of Luck, can't wait to ride it, doubt it happens, will be thrilled to be proven wrong.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:24 AM
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CreditWh0re said:

Best of Luck, can't wait to ride it, doubt it happens, will be thrilled to be proven wrong.

What, not a fan of the Fish-Hook?

Last edited by Walk-Off HBP, Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:35 AM

The trick was to surrender to the flow.

Friday, November 21, 2014 1:25 PM
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jonnytips said:
According to the video (at ~0:37) it looks like the restraints is vest-style, similar to the new B&M ones for example. Whether or not the video depicts an accurate vehicle/restraint is a different story

Ah. I didn't notice that. Here's to hoping!

Friday, November 21, 2014 1:39 PM
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How is this thing climbing the hill? Obviously the animation does not have all the little details, but it can't possibly be a chain-lift, could it?

Friday, November 21, 2014 2:11 PM
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They may be using the drum method, similar to Euromir and Eurosat at Europa. An external rotating mechanism that grass the car and pushes it up the spiral.


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