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‘Skyscraper’ Coaster Planned for Orlando


Orlando will be home to the world’s tallest vertical roller coaster, a project to be built by developers David and Joshua Wallack.

“Skyscraper,” the 570-foot vertical coaster will top the current record holder for tallest steel coaster, Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure, which is 456 feet tall. It was originally dubbed the Polercoaster.

Construction is planned for International Drive and Sand Lake Road, with groundbreaking taking place in 2015 and opening planned for 2016. The three-minute ride will reach speeds of 65 mph, according to the developers. Riders will be inverted 50 feet in the air with rolls along a mile-long track; 1,000 riders an hour will be accommodated.

A 55-story glass elevator will take thrill seekers to the top. And for those not so daring, there will be an observation deck and restaurant at the top.

The coaster will be part of Skyplex, a $200 million entertainment complex to be built on 12 acres near the Orlando Eye, a 425-foot ferris wheel, which is expected to open in 2015. It was the site of  the former “Fun & Wheels” attraction back in the 1970s. It’s the brainchild of Michael and Bill Kitchen of US Thrill Rides.

 




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