Work on the towering coaster, called Skyscraper and designed by Orlando-based US Thrill Rides, is scheduled to start next year with an opening in 2016, its developers announced Thursday.
The coaster, designed to be the tallest structure in the Orlando area, would be the centerpiece of an attraction called Skyplex. It's planned by the father-and-son development team of
The Wallacks' company, Mango's
The maximum speed would be about 65 mph, Kitchen said. Riders would be held in with a waistband-style restraint instead of shoulder harnesses that might impair the view, he said.
Ticket prices haven't been decided, but a pass would "certainly be under
Coasters with superlatives such as tallest, highest, longest and fastest are magnets for fans, said
"Not only is it high, there's nothing else like it in the world," Kraftchick said. "I know this is something that will probably bring a lot of thrill-seekers to Orlando."
People who didn't want to venture onto the coaster could take glass elevators to an observation deck about 55 stories up. The coaster's tracks would wrap around the elevators.
"I think the elevator ride is going to be amazing, just to see this train, this beautiful coaster running around you as you go up the tower," Kraftchick said.
On clear days, observation-deck visitors might be able to see both coasts of
The Skyscraper first garnered attention last fall -- under the name Polercoaster -- during the IAAPA trade show for the amusement industry at the
The reigning tallest coaster in the world is the Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in
Because of its extreme height, the Skyscraper will require approval from the
"We don't anticipate any issues with the airports, but that will be up to the
Skyplex is the Wallacks' first foray into the attractions business. They have owned
US Thrill Rides is known for developing the SkyCoaster -- seen locally at Fun Spot locations near I-Drive and in
The Skyplex site is a few blocks north of where the 400-foot-tall
The one-two punch of tall attractions could encourage out-of-state tourists to stay an additional day in
"I believe that the combination of those two -- going vertical rather than horizontal -- is very good for our community."
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