I recently found out (don't know how I missed this before) that when Vortex at PKI was built, it was the tallest roller coaster in the world at 144 ft. I wondered which coaster's record it broke, and after a little surfing on the net, I think I found that it was The Beast at 135 ft. This means that, in 1987, PKI had the two tallest coasters on the planet. I thought this was hard to believe, anyone think I'm wrong here?
Before people start jumping on me, I'm not talking about speed or height of drop. Vortex didn't even beat Beast in either of these categories anyways.
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*** This post was edited by MichigansAdventureFan on 6/9/2002. ***
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Sorry about that, kraxleridah, you're right, it is 148 ft.
However I am curious if any coaster besides Beast and Vortex were over 135 ft. in 1987.
Beast is not really 135 tall is it? It's drop is but it goes pretty far in to the ground. But that doesnt sound right because Gemini was 125 feet tall when it was built in 78 and I know for a fact Beast took that title in 79.
Moonsault Scramble was built in 83 at 207 feet tall but it was not full circuit.
However Beast is not 135 feet tall anyway is it? Unless the second drop is. The drop may be but the drop isn't. Perhaps this has somehting to do with it.
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Here's what I thought:
The Beast's SECOND drop, at 141 feet, beat the old record set by Gemini the year before. That record stood until Vortex, which set the record for tallest coaster and, I thought, biggest drop.
I believe it was that same year, or the next year, that Shockwave at SFGAm took all records for height, speed, loops, etc.
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