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Old June 18th, 2013, 05:13 AM   #1
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Las Vegas l Tropicana Polercoaster l 200m l 650ft l Pro

An expansion of the Tropicana has been proposed, which if approved, will consist of a roller coaster/observation tower hybrid. If built, this will become the world's tallest roller coaster.

As Las Vegas turns to high-adrenaline rides to freshen its appeal to visitors, one developer has quietly started to move ahead with a roller coaster that would look down on all but one building on the Strip.

U.S. Thrill Rides LLC has submitted plans to the Federal Aviation Administration in April to build the 650-foot-tall Polercoaster, the company’s name for a scream machine that combines an observation tower with a coaster on the way up and down. Due to the height and location — a map with the application shows it at the Tropicana — the agency must assess any potential hazard posed to the planes flying in and out of nearby McCarran International Airport.

Because the FAA is still evaluating the project, critical pieces such as financing and a firm deal on the site still have not fallen into place.

However, U.S. Thrill Rides president Michael Kitchen said the company has already held discussions with banks willing to furnish loans for the Polercoaster, with an estimated cost approaching $100 million.

He declined to comment on the location. A spokeswoman for Tropicana did not comment.

“This will be the tallest roller coaster in the world,” he said. “Since Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, we think it will get higher visibility and foot traffic than other places.


The Polercoast would resemble something like the Stratosphere tower, with a round top that would including dining, retailing and an observation deck. The Stratosphere, at 1,149 feet, would still be far taller.

On the Strip, only the unfinished Fontainbleau resort at 735 feet has gone higher than the proposed Polercoaster; the Palazzo would be eight feet shorter.

Polercoaster’s center core would contain two glass elevators to the top for people who just want to look but not ride. Around that would run a regular spiral track to guide the self-propelled eight passenger cars to the top. Outside of that and the structure’s supporting pillars would be downhill ride, including numerous twists, turns and loops.
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Here is a rendering of the ride system(not necessarily what this one will look like).

U.S. Thrill Rides' Page on Polercoaster System

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Old June 18th, 2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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That is a hell of a ride.
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