Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

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Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby xmichellex » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:22 am

According to Las Vegas news reports this morning, the Sahara Hotel is closing on 5/16 with no plan in place to re-open (although they are saying it *might* re-open down the road if economically feasible, but it looks pretty bleak).

Wonder what will happen to the coaster... I love that ride, would be a shame to see it go down with the hotel - hopefully it will be saved in the event that the Sahara is taken down or any new owners decide not to keep it.

I read this on the Las Vegas Sun website (as well as a few others). Didn't want to post a link since I'm still under 50 posts, but the articles are easy to find.
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby DJeXeL » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:28 am

Here's an article on Bloomberg

Didn't care for the hotel much but Speed is a great coaster. Hopefully an amusement park operator will step in and purchase it. Better yet, for a small donation I can rent a couple Uhauls and transport it somewhere to rebuild it. ;)
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby Sir Coaster » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:37 am


I LOVED Speed: The Ride! I rode it back in 2007, and it was great! I can't stand to see another Premier ride abandoned! :cry:

Hopefully when I go to Vegas in 2 weeks, I can hit it up one last time. That ride, along with the rest of the NASCAR Cafe, is a well-themed area and it'd be a shame to see it go... :(
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby Sir Clinksalot » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:04 am

Not surprised the hotel is closing ... hopefully the ride will get saved though, it's the best coaster in Vegas.

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby cal1br3tto » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:16 am

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:22 am

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby ebl » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:56 am

Speed is a fun little ride. I've only ridden it a couple of times, but it's definitely worth saving. The only catch is that it's designed specifically for the spot it's in, so rebuilding it elsewhere could be a challenge. Hopefully someone will find a way to do so.

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby robbalvey » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:56 am

Doesn't surprise me. Speed was a good ride and I'd like to hope it will get saved...but let's be honest, Chiller was a BETTER ride, and even had the train retro-fit...and there were no takers. :(

And when you have brand new coasters sitting in crates at parks that never became a reality also not getting bought up, I'd prepare to say goodbye to Speed: The Ride forever...

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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby chickenbowl » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:00 pm

It was the best coaster in Vegas... Plus, that 2nd launch was really awesome, I thought.
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Re: Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?

Postby QueerRudie » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:04 pm

An architect once said "Las Vegas is the place where you have the most expensive, and most luxurious temporary structures in the world"

Here, it's right on the button. I went to the Sahara right after the 'renovation' that brought us Speed- and it was STILL a dump. Speed made the trip very worthwhile- as it's a great little coaster- not the BEST coaster, but you get the idea. I always enjoyed it's lack of lines for the most part- and that it was one of the cheapest thrills on the strip (Far cheaper than me dumping money in the slots- that's for sure.)

However, the Sahara is from another era. In a place where you measure the lifespan of a building in 30 year segments, it was well-overdue.

I'll hope for the best for Speed- but sadly, I don't see it being around in another park.



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