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We'd heard the skeleton of Speed: The Ride was hidden in plain sight, somewhere near the Strip. But, we didn't know where. Remember the roller coaster located on the outside of the Sahara? When the Sahara closed so did the ride. But, it was meant to re-open a few miles down the Strip, opposite Mandalay Bay, as the highlight of a new retail and entertainment complex called Akita Plaza. This grand idea included a tightrope walking school. And, you've never heard of it, because they never built it. Yet. We've heard no progress about this very large development for some time.
Breslin Builders were in charge of the move and the mothballing. And they, like us all, wait to see what will happen. Like its neighbor, the also much promised Skyvue Super Wheel, we don't hold our breath in waiting for news. Breslin has a permit until the end of April to keep the coaster in this location. Perhaps, then, we'll learn the next chapter of this saga.
The family friendly resort says it's taking out the amusement park's original Rim Runner flume ride and will replace it with El Loco, a roller coaster. Being touted as one of only a handful of coasters of its kind, El Loco will send four-person cars on a rip-roaring, 75-second thrill ride:
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A tale of one city and two big wheels.
We recently had the chance to the visit the two rival sites for the proposed observation wheels competing to dominate your Vegas skyline at the tail end of 2013. One visit was official, the other our typical VegasChatter snoop-around-the-outside-looking-through-the-fence kinda of deal.
The SkyVue Super Wheel is destined to revolve opposite Mandalay Bay. The High Roller will rotate mid-Strip as the anchor of The Linq. We’ve looked around, talked to a few folks and we have some thoughts we think are worth sharing from our soapbox.
The High Roller will be the world’s largest wheel. 550 feet. They've hired project leaders and designers who’ve worked on the previous two highest wheels. They’ve raised $550 million dollars (total cost of The Linq). Have 72% of their allocated Linq tenants almost signed on the bottom line and are working with teams around the world to ensure the attraction opens on time.
This week's Four on Four(square) tips were a bit difficult. The hotel was easy enough to choose as we travel down The Strip from Mandalay Bay (see that hotel, Luxor and Excalibur by clicking the hyperlinks). However, finding good tips for New York-New York was harder than we thought.
After digging deep and going through ever single tip, we did manage to find four worthy of sharing. The first rounds up the good and the bad:
You know when you're getting ready to move out and you start unplugging things and boxing up the non-essentials? Yeah, the Sahara is there.
Over the weekend, Sahara quietly sent out Speed, its roller coaster, for its last ride according to local FOX affiliate KVVU. Today, USA Today is reporting that the coming shuttering of the Sahara's monorail station could be one more nail in the monofail's coffin.
The hotel's web admins must have already been given the boot as the main page still promotes Sahara as "your home for March Madness." Its Twitter stream has been silent since March 10 while the Sahara's Facebook page hasn't been touched since the closing announcement was posted.