U.S. Thrill Rides President Michael Kitchen recently confirmed that the world’s tallest roller coaster will be built somewhere in Florida. When asked where the thrill ride will be built, Kitchen was evasive, saying that it would be unfair to the lucky amusement park to reveal the location before their choosing for marketing purposes. Kitchen confirmed that the new coaster will have a maximum height of 525 feet and that it will also be the longest roller coaster in the United States at around 8,000 feet of track.
"This (coaster) is fast, smooth and very, very exciting," Kitchen said.
The news was announced recently at the convention of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions at the Orange County Convention Center. Calling it a next-generation roller coaster, Kitchen said that this class of coaster is called a “Polercoaster.”
"We use these on the Polercoaster in either a four-person or eight-person configuration," he said.
This calls of roller coaster can accommodate up to 90 people at one time in a chain of vehicles coursing through inversions, sudden accelerations and other thrilling maneuvers in a tower-like structure 50 stories high. In a dubious move, the roller coaster will also feature a high-rise restaurant at the top.
"It will be 525 feet tall, and it’s going to have two levels on top with nearly 20,000 square feet of restaurant, retail bar and banquet space available with 360-degree views of Florida," Kitchen said. "Unfortunately, until our customer releases that information, we’re going to keep the location a tightly held secret for another couple of weeks."
While increasingly taller and faster roller coasters can be fun, they also present higher risks of serious injuries for the people who ride on them and the people who maintain them. Recent high profile cases here in Florida and other states involving fatal accidents on roller coasters illustrate that these thrills are not without risk. If you or a member of your immediate family is injured in an accident involving a roller coaster or other thrill ride and you would like to speak with an Orlando amusement park accident attorney, call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) today. James O. Cunningham is an Orlando personal injury lawyer with more than 36 years of experience helping people injured in amusement parks. Over that time, he has helped countless clients injured in Florida amusement parks and has a proven record of success helping them receive the compensation they deserve. For more information, call him today and schedule a consultation with him at one of his law offices throughout central Florida.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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