Stratosphere debuts SkyJump in Las Vegas

Posted Monday, April 26, 2010 11:51 AM | Contributed by Vater

The Stratosphere celebrated the grand opening of its latest thrill ride, SkyJump, Tuesday morning, picking up a place in Guinness Book of World Records. The hotel-casino was presented with the record for world’s longest commercial decelerator jump. The only other SkyJump in the world is at Auckland, New Zealand’s, Sky Tower, where the fall is 627 feet.

Read more from The Las Vegas Sun.

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Monday, April 26, 2010 12:10 PM

I'm already hearing negative comments about this like, 'It's not even a true freefall', and 'Only 40mph? That's LAME!!!1!' (paraphrasing, of course). I guess the fact that it begins with JUMPING OFF AN 800-FOOT TOWER doesn't matter.

Looks like a fun ride. Kinda pricey, but that's to be expected since capacity will be quite low.

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Monday, April 26, 2010 12:57 PM

My wife and I had dinner at the Stratospehere a couple of weeks ago. After we were seated, the waitress stopped by and said 'If you see anyone falling past the window, don't worry, we are just testing a new ride.' I was waiting all evening for someone to jump, just to see what kind of reaction that might get from the other guests.

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Monday, April 26, 2010 3:53 PM

I'd totally do it. 'Only' going 40mph while jumping 800+feet is enough of a thrill for me.

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Monday, April 26, 2010 4:32 PM

I wonder if any of the "neighbors" have since moved on, allowing them to resume plans for the fishhook coaster. ;)

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Monday, April 26, 2010 4:37 PM

I never understood how you have a right to complain about anything living near the strip. Especially the crappy end of it.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 1:01 AM

Jeff said:
I never understood how you have a right to complain about anything living near the strip. Especially the crappy end of it.

And that is most assuredly the 'crappy' end of it. ;)

This looks freaky as hell. Noooo thank you!

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 1:27 AM

Allow me to throw my hat in with the 'It's not even a true freefall', and 'Only 40mph? That's LAME!!!1!' crowd.

I can bungee jump three times for the same price down by Circus Circus. While I'm sure it's fun (especially if you're not big on heights), it's not as cool as it could be, and definitely not worth the price IMO. To me this is a larger, more exposed version of S&S towers, which I find boring for the simple fact that it's not exciting to descend from any height (I'm looking at you Power Tower) if you're not freefalling.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 7:51 AM

I'd rather jump out of a plane (now that's a free fall!) but this looks pretty awesome too.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 8:36 AM

I would find it pretty thrilling just to stand on top of the Stratosphere Tower...let alone "fall" down the side of it. I think there is plenty of thrill for the price...but count me out as actually wanting to do it. I will live vicariously through others.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 3:17 PM

BBSpeed26 said:I'm looking at you Power Tower.

Since when is Power Tower not free fall?

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Tuesday, April 27, 2010 3:19 PM
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 5:14 PM

I always thought that Power Tower actually pushes the ride vehicle downward during the fall.

(Wait, is it just me, or is there a lot of topics recently where someone tries to get the discussion about Cedar Point and not what we are supposed to be talking about?)

I would love to get to Vegas someday. I'd definitely pay a visit to the Stratosphere, and I'd probably spring for some of the attractions there too. 99 bucks is a pretty high price though. I wonder if a lot of people will pay that much.

Last edited by LostKause, Tuesday, April 27, 2010 5:14 PM
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 5:25 PM

LostKause said:


(Wait, is it just me, or is there a lot of topics recently where someone tries to get the discussion about Cedar Point and not what we are supposed to be talking about?)

I think that is the root evil of the internet chat forums - to meander and digress...

I don't view a big swarm of it though - any digs here I'm missing?

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 9:07 PM

Controlled fall or not - 825 feet is friggin high..... not sure I could do it!

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:52 PM

I think I would definitely do it.. I'd probably be scared to death at the top, but it'd be pretty cool once you stepped/jumped off. I wish Vegas had a pay-one-price deal for all of the thrill rides out there though.

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