Stratosphere withdraws plans for giant coaster

Posted Thursday, November 8, 2001 7:58 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Stratosphere has withdrawn its request for the Las Vegas City Council to approve a 740-foot coaster project, because they did not feel it would be approved. If it was denied, the attraction could not resubmit the project for at least a year.

Read more from The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 8:04 AM
Smart move on there part. Hopfully they will get the support they need soon!

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 8:17 AM
Well, this will give them time to try and get more support, which is good. This also sounds like the SFWOA coaster that is being canceled for 02 due to neighbors.

Hopefully Arrow didn't spend too much time on this yet.

Thursday, November 8, 2001 8:29 AM
Time to build a park in the middle of the Mojave desert! Then again, where would the employees live? And would they complain about the noise?

I don't know...on one hand, I can understand not wanting to live in a noisy neighborhood...but...I live next to San Diego International Airport which is across I5 from me and which is just in front of the harbor and not too far from a fog horn. Noisy? I'd say. But it fades into the background after a couple days. Heck, I was able to doze off once or twice while in the middle of an amusement park.

But having said that, this thing would still make property values drop.

"I'll bet that thing hits 5 Gs going through that loop.....faaar ooouut!"

Thursday, November 8, 2001 8:51 AM
I'm not surprised at all.
Thursday, November 8, 2001 10:36 AM
"If it was denied, the attraction could not resubmit the project for at least a year."

Since when do attractions submit anything? lol *** This post was edited by scanz on 11/8/2001. ***

Thursday, November 8, 2001 1:50 PM
I'm sure we haven't heard the last of it though.
They spent a lot of money to help develop it, so they probably won't diregard it forver.
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Thursday, November 8, 2001 2:12 PM
they could simply enclose the whole ride that would definately cut the sound and make it a lot more interesting. Arrow is no slouch they will deliver!
Thursday, November 8, 2001 3:59 PM
Well, my dad lives next to a railroad, and freight trains go by every few hours. You get used to them, and soon you won't here them. The same could go for coasters. I think, and hope, that this progect will be built in a few years.
Thursday, November 8, 2001 5:16 PM
It'll get approved eventually. They just have some hurdles to jump. I'd give about 1-2 years at the most before they'll get the approval. It might even be built in that timeframe. They can always pay off the city council... ;)
Thursday, November 8, 2001 6:57 PM
The big thing about this project is the current construction of our monorail. With an attraction at that end of the strip, theres more reason for a station to be constructed there. Rumors were circulating that if the council denied the ride, Stratosphere would pull out on its share of the monorail.
Thursday, November 8, 2001 8:06 PM
Just a couple of suggestions...

1) SFMW had a problem getting cleared for Medusa and had to spend lots of $$ to reduce the noise considerably. I was there this summer and that thing is amazingly quiet. So, maybe something can be done there.

2) The rendering I saw had the coaster dropping over Las Vegas Bl. toward a heavily populated residential area. Could it be reversed so that it drops to the west, away from the residential area towards I-15?

Oh...janfrederick...I couldn't agree with you more about the amusement park in the Mojave. IMO the single-best thing about Desparado (besides the first drop) is its setting against the starkness of the desert. I've got the marketing plan...just need the re$ources...hint,hint anybody.

Friday, November 9, 2001 5:07 AM
I have already made plans for the theme part/maga resort just outside of Vegas.  It's a little place called PelicanCove.  Well, its not too small, I have some great ideas for coasters, thrill rides and the resort.  Maybe we can talk :)
Friday, November 9, 2001 5:24 AM
"This also sounds like the SFWOA coaster that is being canceled for 02 due to neighbors."

They are for sure not building it for next season? Are they going to try later on?

Friday, November 9, 2001 6:47 AM
Strat Tower has allready stated that the ride will produce little noise. It won't even be as loud as Speed the ride down the block. Why would they build a loud ride next to their own hotel. They don't want to drive their own hotel guest away. So they need to just convince the people that it won't be loud and they should be okay. A ride like this would draw many and would be great in these slower times... And that my friends... are my 2 cents. :D
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Friday, November 9, 2001 10:36 AM
Zar, where have you been? SFWoA changes their plans for 2002. The will be adding a losr river ride instead as well as some animals. The next door neighbors don't want the noise.
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Friday, November 9, 2001 4:13 PM
I had heard about the new rides, I just never heard what came of the neighbor's complaints. 
Saturday, November 10, 2001 3:02 AM
SFWOA has a lot of stuff to do before building that coaster. For example, fixing roads, and erecting sound barriers. Give them a year, and opinions will really turn around.
Its way too late to order one now, but I don't see why they don't build Mouse next year at SFWOA instead.
Saturday, November 10, 2001 6:57 AM
Personally, I'd prefer some kind of dark ride.  They could have a great theme with the whole wild life aspect of the park, especially if the did it right like say The Exterminator at Kennywood.  That way you'd kind of combine the dark ride/wild mouse experience.  Think about it.  You could have like a fish being chased by a shark theme with the train speeding away through "underwater" tunnels. . .

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