Desperado (roller coaster)
|Primm Valley Resorts|
|Park section||Old Western Times|
|Opening date||August 11, 1994|
|Type||Steel – Hypercoaster|
|Track layout||Ron Toomer|
|Height||209 ft (64 m)|
|Drop||225 ft (69 m)|
|Length||5,843 ft (1,781 m)|
|Speed||80 mph (130 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||60°|
|Capacity||1700 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Trains||3 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.|
|Desperado at RCDB
Pictures of Desperado at RCDB
According to the roller coaster database, Desperado was one of the tallest roller coasters in the world at the time of being built. It features a 60-degree, 225-foot (69 m) drop; a 209-foot (64 m) lift hill; and top speeds around 80 mph. On the 2 minute, 43 second ride, riders will experience almost 4 Gs. A portion of the ride runs through the interior of the casino. The coaster was listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's tallest roller coaster in 1996. It is the only Hypercoaster in the state of Nevada.
Built by Gary Primm to attract those driving by on adjacent Interstate 15 to his new casino, Buffalo Bill's, opened on May 14, 1994. Desperado was not completed when the casino opened, premiering three months later. At its opening in August, the coaster tied the record for steepest and longest drop (225 feet). However, the top speed of 80 mph was slightly slower than Steel Phantom at Kennywood which had a top speed of 82 mph. When the ride opened, some questioned if the 209' lift height was higher than The Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England. The Big One opened in May 1994, with a top speed of 75 mph and an advertised height of 235', but many suspected that number was actually above sea level which was several feet lower than The Big One's base. Ron Toomer of Arrow Dynamics confirmed the Big One's height is 213 feet from the ground with a drop of 205 feet.
For his Top Secret special that first aired on February 24, 1999, magician Lance Burton staged a death-defying escape in a stunt where he was tied to the roller coaster's track and had to break out of handcuffs in order to escape.
- Palermo, Dave (August 7, 1994). "PRIMM SPRUCING UP CALIFORNIA-NEVADA BORDER". Las Vegas Review-Journal/Sun.
- Desperado's page on www.rcdb.com
- "Desperado Roller Coaster Fact Sheet" (Press release). August 13, 2001. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
- Hammond, Kip (1994). "Nevada Jackpot". RollerCoaster! Magazine (Chicago, Illinois: American Coaster Enthusiasts) 16 (1): 11–16. ISSN 0896-7261.
- "Lance Burton's Escape On The Desperado To Air Next Wednesday". Retrieved 2007-04-18.