The Roller Coaster

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This article is about a roller coaster named "The Roller Coaster". For the general use, see Roller coaster. For other uses, see Roller coaster (disambiguation).
The Roller Coaster
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The Roller Coaster and the New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Previously known as Manhattan Express
New York-New York Hotel and Casino
Park section Second Story of the Hotel
Coordinates 36°6′7″N 115°10′25″W / 36.10194°N 115.17361°W / 36.10194; -115.17361Coordinates: 36°6′7″N 115°10′25″W / 36.10194°N 115.17361°W / 36.10194; -115.17361
Status Operating
Opening date January 3, 1997
Cost $25,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer TOGO
Designer TOGO
Model Sitdown Looping
Track layout custom
Lift/launch system Chain lift
Height 203 ft (62 m)
Drop 144 ft (44 m)
Length 4,777 ft (1,456 m)
Speed 67 mph (108 km/h)
Inversions 2
Duration 2:40
Max vertical angle 55°
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
The Roller Coaster at RCDB
Pictures of The Roller Coaster at RCDB

The Roller Coaster (formerly Manhattan Express) is the name of the roller coaster at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The ride's trains are themed to New York taxicabs.

Ride[edit]

The original TOGO-built train of The Roller Coaster; this train set has been replaced with new a train built by Premier Rides

The ride begins with a 180-foot (55 m) lift and a 76-foot (23 m) drop, followed by a hill and a 144-foot (44 m) drop. The train then traverses two inversions, a standard vertical loop and a dive loop (twist and dive element), where the train performs a 180 degree spiral and then performs a half-loop maneuver. This element is found on one other coaster: the "Mega Coaster" at Hamanako Pal Pal Park in Japan RCDB link. The rest of the ride is executed on the roof of the casino, and features small hills and a helix. The ride's station is themed to a New York subway station. Built by TOGO, it had a reputation in the past for being a rough, even painful roller coaster. Some riders have gotten bruised on the shoulders from the old trains due to the roughness of the ride and negative G-force.

In 2004 Premier Rides installed magnetic brakes on the ride. In August 2006, Premier also installed new trains to replace the original TOGO trains. Since the Premier train installation, the ride has been noticeably smoother, as opposed to when the TOGO trains were in use.

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