The world’s tallest roller coaster is set to open in Orlando, Florida in 2017. The roller coaster aptly named ‘Skyscraper’ will wrap and wind its way around a skyscraper, and holy crap this thing looks insane.
A new theme named Skyplex is scheduled to open in 2017 in conjunction with the ‘Skyscraper’ which will then be the world’s tallest roller coast. This thing is insane, and I don’t know how to feel about it.
On the one hand how awesome can something be when it’s force to circle a skyscraper the entire time? The range of motion is limited, though the views will be unlike anything ever seen before.
Plans are underway to build the world’s tallest — and quite possibly most terrifying — roller coaster at an Orlando, Florida, theme park due to open in 2017.
Suitably called “The Skyscraper,” the coaster track spirals up and down the side of a 535-foot-tall observation tower.
“The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced,” says Bill Kitchen, founder of Orlando-based US Thrill Rides, which designed the Skyscraper.
The design is based on US Thrill Rides’ Polercoasters concept, in which high thrills are delivered in a small diameter footprint.
The coasters are boarded at the bottom of the tower, then make their way to the top before gravity takes over, with riders disembarking at the bottom.
The Skyscraper will be part of a $250 million entertainment complex planned for Orlando’s International Drive called Skyplex, which includes an indoor theme park.
As a born-and-raised Floridian I have a strong love-hate relationship with Orlando. On the one hand I have fond memories of the theme parks as a child, but on the other hand I have adult memories of trashy neon lights and awful clubs. And I can only think that the building of an entirely new theme park will lead to a renaissance of the Dirty-O.
But for now, let’s not think of the potential impact this new park may have on Orlando. Rather, let us marvel in knowing that ‘the world’s greatest’ anything will reside in Orlando, Florida.