World’s Tallest Roller Coaster Coming to Florida

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    A 520-foot-high roller coaster, the tallest in the world, is coming to Florida. The exact location however has not been disclosed.

    An official announcement will come within the next few weeks, said Michael Kitchen, president of US Thrill Rides, the Florida-based company that designed the ride.

    The “Polercoaster” is tall with a small footprint, Kitchen said. At the top of the attraction will be a double-decker restaurant and observation deck. Visitors can travel by elevator to the top without boarding the thrill ride.

    Riders will board eight-passenger vehicles at ground level, then work their way to the top in a spiral pattern. The descent is more thrill-packed with sharp dives, rolls, loops and inversions, Kitchen said. The top speed will be more than 60 mph, he added. In addition to being the tallest in the world, the coaster’s track will be very long, Kitchen said. “We expect to break many, many multiple world records on this ride,” he added.

    Currently there is no theme-park attraction in Central Florida taller than 200 feet. The “Orlando Eye”, centerpiece of a new entertainment complex currently under construction on International Drive is a 450-foot observation wheel. The new complex, called “I-Drive Live” is scheduled to open in late 2014.

    Kitchen said he expects a groundbreaking in summer of 2014 and anticipates it opening in spring of 2016.

     

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