Stratosphere Ride Model on display in Casino!

Sunday, December 30, 2001 8:15 PM
I just got back form Vegas, and what a trip it was. Anyway, I was walking into the stratosphere casino to get up to our dinner, when something cought my eye. I turned, and there was a model of the stratosphere ride! It was a plastic stratosphere tower about 4 feet tall, and the sickest looking ride off the side of it. Its pretty much a fishhook drop ride, but the system looks strange. There was a semi-circle lattice support at the bottom, which could (has to be) a transfer track, as the loading transport track was underneith the drop track. So as i'm amazed, I look to the side and i see something even more amazing - a scale mock up of the ride vehicle! Evn though it was 2 feet by 2 feet, it was pretty cool. Picture a superman the escape vehicle, and make eack seat have X restraints, and cover the whole thing with glass (the glass migh have been there to protect the barbie dolls in the seats). The vehicle would be hauled up the side of the tower, then dropped the 700 somewhat feet, and stall out at the end of the hook. Then, I'm presuming it will eventually be braked and transfered to the lower flat track, where it would load and unload.

I'm sorry I dont have pics, but I left my digital camera home for this trip. I took 3 or so pictures with film, but my sister stole the scanner again. I'll see what I can do.

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How much more floorless can they get?

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Sunday, December 30, 2001 8:48 PM
where in the casino was it? cause i went there a month ago and didnt see it... blaaaah
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Sunday, December 30, 2001 10:35 PM
Yeah! That thing was sweet! The way they showed it, it looks like it will load something like The Edge or Demon Drop. The car goes up vertically, then when it gets to the top, you are attached to the track., which goes over the crest and plummets down. Did you also ride Speed by any chance? That is not to be missed!
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Sunday, December 30, 2001 10:46 PM
Wackokid:  Although he didn't say, I'm sure it was in the Stratosphere casino.

I believe the glass on the scale model ride vehicle is a reflection of what the actual would have been.  I remember reading that this thing would have enclosed vehicles.

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Sunday, December 30, 2001 11:30 PM
This new "proposed" ride you're talking about is pretty old news. The Stratosphere Hotel attempted to get this project approved months ago without success and have currently delayed approval attempts until early 2002. Arrow Dynamics was appointed for this project, but I don't know how this will pull through with Arrow not having their own in-house track fabricating anymore because of recent events. This, even after it is even approved at all.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 1:51 AM
What I have heard, though some of my Vegas contacts, is that they (the Stratosphere) are modifying the design of the ride to not cross Vegas Blvd and instead so south of the tower towards the rest of the strip to try to appease the locals living nearby.

Hopefully this plan with its changes will go through...

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"It's Deja Vu all over again." - Yogi Berra

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Monday, December 31, 2001 4:32 AM
Good, at least they haven't abandoned the idea yet, which is good news for Arrow
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Monday, December 31, 2001 6:42 AM
I know it is old news, but the model was new, and never before seen. It was located to the right of the main doors, but you  had to walk a little to see it on the main walkway.

By the way, the metal plaque on the ride stated:

"PROPOSED THRILL RIDE"

"STRATOSPHERE TOWER"

"DESIGNED BY ARROW DYNAMICS, UTAH"

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How much more floorless can they get?

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Monday, December 31, 2001 7:19 AM

kRaXLeRidAh said:
Arrow Dynamics was appointed for this project, but I don't know how this will pull through with Arrow not having their own in-house track fabricating anymore because of recent events.

I don't think that not having in-house steel manufacuring would make any difference at all. Arrow would just contract a different company to make steel for them, then ship it to the tower. Thats what B&M does, and I'm sure Intamin does too. I know B&M has thier US coasters manufacured in Ohio somewhere, and I doubt Intamin ships steel overseas, so it must be made elsewhere. Not having in-house steel has virtually no effect on anything.

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Monday, December 31, 2001 7:25 AM
I saw it on the news again not that long ago. They said the people living behind the tower are complaining now...we'll just have to see. I can see the tower from my backyard, it would be cool to see a 415 tall roller coaster peaking above the city.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 8:54 AM
The model has been in the Tower at the bottom of the escalator since September. Its very accurate of what they originally proposed.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 1:44 PM
Would this be the model?

http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-07-Fri-2001/photos/news.jpg

http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Oct-16-Tue-2001/photos/coaster.jpg

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-FCR
I'd Rather Be Riding Roller Coasters

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Monday, December 31, 2001 1:53 PM
YES! That is the model in the casino. I had no idea it was out since september, but just thought everyone might want to know what it looked like.
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How much more floorless can they get?
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Monday, December 31, 2001 7:36 PM
Nice, I don't want to get my hopes up though, because I doubt it will get approved.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 9:28 PM
Haha... look at the dude in the first photo. Can you imagine hopping on the ride sitting next to that guy?!?!
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