The Roller Coaster
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|Big Apple Coaster|
The Roller Coaster and the New York-New York Hotel & Casino
|Previously known as Manhattan Express (1997–2006) Roller Coaster (2007–present)|
|New York-New York Hotel and Casino|
|Opening date||January 3, 1997|
|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)|
|Max vertical angle||55°|
|Height restriction||54 in (137 cm)|
Big Apple Coaster at RCDB|
Pictures of Big Apple Coaster at RCDB
The Roller Coaster (formerly Manhattan Express), or sometimes Big Apple Coaster is the name of the roller coaster at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The ride's trains are themed to New York City taxicabs. It is the only roller coaster by TOGO still operating in North America.
This 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 another coaster: the "Mega Coaster" at Hamanako Pal Pal Park in Japan RCDB. The rest of the ride is executed on the roof of the casino, and features small hills and a helix into the brakes. The ride's station is themed to a New York City 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. Currently, the ride costs $17 and $8 for a re-ride.
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.
- Marden, Duane. "Mega Coaster (Hamanako Pal Pal (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan))". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 2015-12-02.