Stratosphere Considering New Thrill Ride

Posted Monday, May 7, 2001 9:46 AM | Contributed by ThemeParkCritic

The Stratosphere hotel-casino, already home to what many consider to be the most terrifying thrill ride in the city, is considering a new ride that may be every bit as scary.

Read more from The Las Vegas Sun.

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Monday, May 7, 2001 9:52 AM
HAHAHAHAHA!,That article says arrow fish hook all over it!,I hope it gets approved!..sorry to all the people who posted that a ride like that could kill you :-)
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Monday, May 7, 2001 10:01 AM
How big is the current largest arrow fish hook? 700 feet sounds like an awefully long fall :)

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Mark Hansen
http://www.themeparkcritic.com
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Monday, May 7, 2001 10:15 AM
You said it, Calixrider. Height and speed do not equal increasing forces that could be lethal.

Themeparkcritic, there are no Arrow Fish Hooks, yet.

While I'm ready too book a flight to Vegas, this isn't the "coaster" many were hoping for. According the the description it sounds like a really big updated version of the old intamin freefalls, like Demon Drop. There is an elevator ride to the top, then the car moves forward to a J shaped drop tower. The J shape is probably to reduce the land required to stop the vehicle.)

I hope I don't get "is it a coaster" debates started with this, but I just wanted to point out that I thought the descriptions sounded a LOT like an old Intamin Freefall. (A REALLY REALLY big one!!)

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- Peabody
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Monday, May 7, 2001 10:26 AM

oh my gosh why don't they just say today's vocab word "fish Hook"
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FEAR THE FOUR
Drachen fire what will happen to it?
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Monday, May 7, 2001 10:43 AM
Would a configuration like this suggest that on the smaller part of the J you'd be inverted? Would make a quite a mark on the Vegas landscape. I'm heading out to Vegas next week, maybe I can poke around while i'm at the hotel (have to ride the Big Shot :)

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Mark Hansen
http://www.themeparkcritic.com
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Monday, May 7, 2001 10:56 AM
If I remember correctly from the Rumors section of The Buzz a while back... someone mentioned that this ride will cause "death", "heart attacks", "exploding hearts", and other various massive traumas.

Well, all of you nay-sayers, I hope you're all hungry because it's time to eat your words! I hate to say "I told you so," but I just did!

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!
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Monday, May 7, 2001 10:59 AM
I think so, ThemeParkCritic. From the description I'm picturing an Imtamin Freefall like: http://www.joyrides.com/cedar_point/full/demon_drop1.htm
mounted to the side of the tower, then the horizontal track curving upwards to reduce the amount of land required to stop the vehicle.

The only thing I can't picture is how the car will leave the deceleration part of the track to move to the loading area. I'm GUESSING the load area is under the horizontal track ala old Intamins.
I'm looking forward to see an artist's rendition, or a computer model.
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- Peabody
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Monday, May 7, 2001 11:04 AM
Exactly Soggy. Some people don't understand that the radii of curves and pullouts increase appropriately with size. You could have a 50 foot coaster pulling a maximum 4 Gs, and a 5000 foot coaster pulling maximum 2 Gs. It's all in the design.

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- Peabody
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Monday, May 7, 2001 11:44 AM
All I can say is, OH-MY-GOD. That's all. Peace. :)
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Monday, May 7, 2001 12:20 PM
I was the one who posted the Stratosphere rumor. All I have to say is HAHA!

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If FoF got that great of a makeover than why can't I?
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Monday, May 7, 2001 12:23 PM
700' in a "Demon Drop" type design. Yikes and ouch is all I have to say.

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How's Titan?
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Monday, May 7, 2001 12:29 PM

All I can sya is WOHA THAT'S BIG!
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Welcome to the new season :)
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Monday, May 7, 2001 12:58 PM
One word...NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!!!

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Nathan C. Mellenthien
Coaster Designer
SFDL Viper- 20 times in a row!!!
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Monday, May 7, 2001 1:04 PM
All im curious about now is How fast is it going to go? and How is it going to get back to the top once it goes down?..also is it going to be like a coaster in a coaster car?,or is it going to be like an intamin free fall? *** This post was edited by calixrider on 5/7/2001. ***
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Monday, May 7, 2001 1:05 PM
Peabody wrote:
I hope I don't get "is it a coaster" debates started with this, but I just wanted to point out that I thought the descriptions sounded a LOT like an old Intamin Freefall.

In the article it says:
"As proposed by the company, the as-yet-unnamed attraction would be what is known in the theme park industry as a "free-fall" ride."
So it probably wont be considered a coaster.
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Monday, May 7, 2001 1:10 PM
Yeah, I realize that. But, I bet some people will call it a coaster!

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- Peabody
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Monday, May 7, 2001 1:45 PM
Well, technically an old Intamin free faller IS a coaster. Car on a track gets pulled up a lift, gravity takes its coarse as it rolls down - that's what a coaster does and that's what an Intamin drop does.

Pretty amazing if they build a 700 ft drop ride though, that's twice the size of any existing dropper. Not too many places could build something like that if they wanted to!
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Monday, May 7, 2001 1:53 PM
SFMM would call it a coaster! ;)
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Monday, May 7, 2001 1:53 PM
Hey! Where are the folks who said hearts would explode? They need to get in contact with the insurance companies right away so they can increase their premiums! :)

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