650 Foot Tall Roller Coaster - Las Vegas Strip - TropicanaThere’s a proposal to build a record-setting, 650-foot tall roller coaster. Dubbed PolerCoaster, the ride would be integrated into an observation tower on top of the Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel on the south end of the Strip. If built, the ride would be the World’s tallest roller coaster by quite a margin. The current record-holder is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure, which is 456 feet tall.

Plans for the ride were revealed when the developers submitted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to ensure that the tower does not affect flights to and from nearby McCarran International Airport. The $100 million roller coaster was designed by U.S. Thrill Rides.

The ride would begin with a powered-spiraling climb up the interior of the tower around the two glass elevators. Then, after reaching the top, gravity would take over riders would plunge, twist, turn, and even loop their way down the tower. 650 Foot Tall Roller Coaster - Las Vegas - Tropicana - DetailsRead more about U.S. Thrill Rides PolerCoaster

Funny how I just had a post on the Vertical Theme Parks and here we have a proposed roller coaster/observation tower that borrows some of the same concepts.

This looks like this could be a fun ride, but I’m not familiar with U.S. Thrill Rides and (as far as I know) they’re not a major player in the roller coaster world. After looking at their website, I do recognize their UniCoaster ride. But even that’s a flat ride and not a roller coaster. Not to say that they couldn’t produce a great ride, I just don’t know their work.

I’m curious as to whether the tower itself is 650-feet tall or that height also includes the Tropicana Hotel that it would sit on top of. I’m hoping for the former and not the latter as I don’t think it’d technically be the tallest if it included the building under it. Either way, let’s hope that the plans are approved and we get to see PolerCoaster come to life. The views from that high up would be amazing!

More on the proposed roller coaster and tower at CBS News

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16 Responses

  1. Mike M.

    So basically, this will be an extreme version of one of those Toboggan rides you used to see at the local fair.

  2. ProfBAM

    They liaise with Chance on the Unicoaster and I believe that they also work with S&S on the coaster itself.

  3. RL

    While not extremely well known by enthusiasts, US Thrill Rides has been in the business for quite some time and are a major player in the industry. Most people don’t realize the plethora of attractions they have created and currently have the largest collection of rides installed around the world; more than any other ride manufacturer (they are the inventors of the SkyCoaster http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skycoaster among other things).

    As ProfBAM said, the PolerCoaster is a collaboration between US Thrill Rides and S&S. So while US Thrill Rides themselves are not a roller coaster manufacturer, they are one of the top companies in the ride manufacturing world.

    • Joel

      Thanks for the note RL. I recognized the UniCoaster ride from their website, but I didn’t know that they were behind the SkyCoasters. Obviously they are big players in the amusement industry. Very cool.

  4. Charlie Lockyer

    this is one ride I would never like to see. This ride disrespects the records and should have to be freestanding to own the record! Not launching at insane speeds, this ride is trash, BURN THE PLANS!

    • XYZ

      The former High Roller on the top of the Stratosphere Tower was the supposed tallest coaster in the world when it was open, so I don’t think this coaster “disrespects” the records as much as High Roller. Besides, at least the height difference from the top to the bottom of Poler Coaster is taller than Kingda Ka.

  5. Ryan

    This coaster probably wont reach speeds of over 35 mph,or else it may be derailed. I amagine this ride being simmilar to i305, killed by trimms.

  6. Coasterjunkie

    I’ll have to wait and see on this one. Keep in mind that there were plans leaked about a drop ride descending from the Stratosphere Tower a few years ago that never was built.

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  8. Nick Glaab

    @Ryan, just for the record, the trim brakes on I305 were removed after the first turn was reworked. You hit it at full speed and go over 6 g’s now. Like you should, heh.

    This concept seems… the opposite of thrilling. I can’t see it looking like the concept images and being remotely enjoyable.

  9. Quil

    I hope that we will see a 500-footer before a beast of this size is built. I want to have a word with which to classify the 500-599 foot threshhold before coming up with one for the 600-699 foot threshhold. I, for one see this as something that could actually be a very fun experience. A big drop is one of the best parts of a ride, and it’s a shame so many only have one. I like the idea of a ride trying to give many smaller drops, rather than one massive one, even if it seems like a bit of a waste. Granted, it seems as though they want to turn much of that height into one gigantic helix, but it still looks like it could turn out to be be one helluva ride.


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