Posted Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:36 PM | Contributed by Tekwardo
Breslin Builders is starting the process of removing the existing Speed: The Ride roller coaster from the closed Sahara Hotel and Casino. With the removal permit issued by Clark County Building Department, they are now working to remove the pieces carefully to allow the coaster to eventually be relocated on the south end of the strip across from Mandalay Bay.
Good to hear it's not disappearing altogether. Personally, I thought that the ride was going to be a little too unique in shape and layout for anyone else to be interested in it.
I'm excited to hear this news. Back in January 2010, I rode it just once, and it was really awesome. Maybe they can ditch the OTSR's too? ;)
How integrated into the building is the ride? I thought they were pretty entangled.
Really, the launch was a straight shot out of the building, and the spike went through the sign....other than that, it went "around" the building. Not entangled at all...IMO.
I just wonder, when the ride is rebuilt, if they will dig a hole/tunnel for the dip after the launch (it was below grade) or raise the entire coaster higher off the ground. I think that's the only real obstacle (if you can call it that) with the layout.
Digging a hole has got to be easier than raising that entire structure.
That's awesome. I liked this ride, and it might actually get me to that end of the strip. I've never gone past NYNY.
I'd have to go with the hole, too. Too much engineering would need to go in to raising it, but a hole's a hole.
I've still never been to the Adventure Dome, but I loved Speed. I rarely get north of the Wynn or south of NYNY/MGM. I stayed at Mandalay Bay about a year ago for a conference. I wasn't impressed. Still, I'd rather go to the south end than the north, so yay for moving this thing!
Last time the misses and I were there it wasn't running. It was February 2008 and it was extremely windy, perhaps they couldn't run it with high wind speeds?
So Speed is moving to the Montecito, the second launch can pass under the water fall in front of the building. :)
From the builder's blog:
Working with Premiere Rides (the original coaster designer and installer), the existing coaster will be relocated and reused as much as possible, with the mid-section being redesigned to work within and over the existing site and parking lot conditions, and allow for new and exciting curves and bends to be added to the ride.
So the ride is going to be reworked a little bit.Last edited by CP Rules, Friday, April 27, 2012 12:55 PM
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