Details about the track design of the world’s tallest roller coaster were unveiled, during a news conference, by David and Joshua Wallack, developers of the 495,000 square feet entertainment complex Skyplex, which will be located on 12 prime acres in the attractions corridor, near the northeast corner of International Drive and Sand Lake Road. The Wallacks, father and son, are owners of Mango’s Tropical Café that have licensed the rights to the Polercoaster attractions.
Orlando-based US Thrill Rides released a computer animation of the Skyscraper ride just a few days ago. The 4-minute simulation video includes an on-board point of view and day versus night experience, and shows blue cars holding 8 passengers each- two rows of four people. The red track, nearly 5,200 feet long, is going up around a white tower in loops, dives and spirals, sudden drops and unexpected elevations, before dropping riders from a height of 570 feet with no windshield at a speed of 65 mph.
The track design of the new attraction is completely unique to Orlando and begins and ends inside the Skyplex. Michael Kitchen, president of US Thrill Rides said that this “absolute cutting-edge engineering marvel” will provide “pure adrenaline” rush for thrill seekers “unlike any roller coaster in the world.”
On the top of the tower, there will be an observation deck, offering breathtaking views 535 feet from the ground and accessible by the area’s tallest glass elevators and on clear days, the guests might be able to see both coasts of Florida. Along with the 1,800-car parking garage, the Skyplex will feature the region’s largest indoor theme park, an upscale arcading, simulators, rock climbing , as well as bars, restaurants and retail.
The entertainment complex will break ground in 2015 and is slated to open in 2017, officials say. Skyplex and the new iconic coaster are expected to strengthen the positions and reputation of Orlando as “the attractions capital of the world and the number one vacation and convention destination”, David Wallack said.
You can see the ride here.