Skyscraper (roller coaster)
Concept art of the Skyplex complex, including Skyscraper tower and roller coaster
|Designer||US Thrill Rides|
|Length||5,200 ft (1,600 m)|
|Speed||65 mph (105 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||123°|
|Capacity||1000 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Trains||Several trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 2 rows for a total of 8 riders per train.|
Skyscraper is an upcoming roller coaster that will be located at the planned Skyplex complex in Orlando, Florida. Under development by American and Swiss manufacturers US Thrill Rides and Intamin, the attraction will be a Polercoaster model which utilizes an observation tower as its main support structure. After several delays, Skyscraper is expected to open in 2020 with construction on the Skyplex complex beginning in 2017. Upon completion, it will become the tallest roller coaster in the world at over 500 feet (150 m) and will feature both the steepest drop and highest inversion.
In 2012, owners of Mango’s Tropical Café in Orlando selected the Polercoaster design concept pitched by US Thrill Rides to become their flagship attraction at the future-planned Skyplex indoor entertainment complex. After several successful negotiations for land, development of both the roller coaster and Skyplex began. In May 2014, investment for the project was sought, and a website was formed to assist with the endeavor. Documents uncovered by an Orlando news agency revealed that the roller coaster would be located in Central Florida along International Drive at the intersection with Sand Lake Road.
Skyscraper was officially announced on June 5, 2014. Construction on the main complex was expected to begin in 2015, with the ride opening in 2016. However, design changes and a lengthy process for obtaining the necessary permits has caused several delays in breaking ground, and the timeline was updated to reflect construction on the complex beginning in mid-2017. As of April 2017[update], portions of the roller coaster's track had been completed by Intamin and were in storage, but the start of construction in Orlando was on hold pending the approval of permits. Skyplex is scheduled to open in 2019, and Skyscraper is expected to make its debut in 2020.
Designed by US Thrill Rides, the steel track of Skyscraper will be approximately 5,200 feet (1,600 m) long. Wrapping around the central tower, the roller coaster will feature seven inversions including zero-g rolls and raven turns. When complete, Skyscraper will operate with several small trains. Each train will have two rows that seat four riders each for a total of eight riders per train. The ride is expected to accommodate a theoretical capacity of 1000 riders per hour. Each seat will feature a lap restraint as opposed to over-the-shoulder harnesses to avoid obstructing the view.
When Skyscraper opens it will break several world records. With a structure exceeding 500 feet (150 m) in height, it is expected to obtain the record for the world's tallest roller coaster. As of 2016[update], Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure standing at 456 feet (139 m) holds the record. Skyscraper will have an inversion near the highest point of the ride, breaking GateKeeper's 170-foot-tall (52 m) record for the highest inversion in the world, set at Cedar Point in 2013. The ride will also have the steepest drop in the world at 123 degrees, exceeding the 121-degree drop record set in 2011 by Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland.
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