Meteornotes wrote:^Hmmm, I'm going to guess the Bubba Gump's question...NO.
Oh, and I love the Gravatron. Wish more places had them.
I would say your very very hot in your guess Until this past summer I had never been on a Gravatron and now I'm kinda hooked on them. I'm finding the carnivals have the better ones although we did experience one on the Jersey Shore that felt like it was trying to shut off my wind pipe, very forceful.
Chrisrad wrote:...I don't recall doing that salute on Miner Mike, but that was a pretty fun coaster.
That was a fun weekend.. hope to do some more whoring in the future.
I agree, a backwards kiddie coaster was awesome! Who knows, maybe I'll show up again this year
Erik Johnson wrote:The Scandia Screamer is simply a terrifying ride!
It's amazing! The fact that it has cell equipment hanging off it makes it even better!
With Speed: The Ride being carefully dismantled in hopes to be sold to a new park I thought it would be neat to take a look back at the ride and what it looked like just two weeks before being disassembled.
Speed: The ride opened on April 28th, 2000 at the Sahara Hotel and Casino as part the NASCAR Cafe. Built at time in Las Vegas history where Casino's were focusing more on the family than the gambler it was hoped the ride, along with a remodel of the property, would draw additional patrons to the North Strip Property. Initially your $7 gave two back to back rides along the 1365 feet of track which included a second launch after the loop that not only boosted speeds up to 70mph but also served as a brake to slow the ride down on the return before going backwards thru the loop. The OTSR's were widely frowned upon by the enthusiasts community, and considering other Premier launched rides such as Mr. Freeze did and do not have them, it certainly didn't make sense as to why Speed did.
The ride closed suddenly in August of 2008 and little was known of it's fate. However in February of 2009 the ride re-opened. By this time the price per ride had increased to $10 and you no longer received back to back rides. In fact they began launching the ride only once every 15 minutes seriously decreasing its theoretical capacity of 1600 riders per hour . Not a good deal if you bought an all day pass.
Speed closed in May of 2011 about a month ahead of the casino's closure due to lack of maintenance personnel. It packed a punch reaching a height of 224 feet and pulled some nice g's. The initial $1million price tag was super cheap. Many parks would jump at the chance of a coaster of that price. Custom built for the area the owners have yet to find a buyer.
Want a piece of Sahara History? I have a mini-shot glass I'm willing to do a random drawing for. How do you enter? Donate $1 to my Coasting for Kids Page (Link in Signature) by Next Monday at Noon. I'll put everyone's name in the hat and announce a winnner during next Monday's episode! Easy eh?
Speed: The Ride was located in the NASCAR Cafe where you found, well, NASCAR stuff.
Funny, never saw this car on the track.
I think this would have been the entrance. This was my last visit to the ride in October of 2010. They had four employees, two at the ride, one cashier who was also selling stuff for the arcade, and a person at the photo hut. I happened to be the only customer at about 9:30 at night. Very sad.
This would be the train and where I would wait 10 minutes to load. They only ran every 15 minutes and I happened to have gotten in line at 9:33. Despite having not run the ride at 9:30, I still had to wait. I was slightly unimpressed with the operations. Yet another reason the property shut down.
So anyway, I strapped in for what I didn't know at the time would be my final ride and shot out the hole.
Through the loop, which was amazing...
Into the second launcher to boost up to 70mph
Past the strip show...
around the front of the building...
before heading up the spike to fall back and do it all over again in reverse. Still a much better bargain, and ride, than that POS up on the South end of Strip.
A few months after the ride closed I was able to get a few shots from the top of the building.
I tried for weeks to be able to take pictures inside the station and maintenance area
But in the end, the owners decided they couldn't allow it.
Fast forward to end of March 2012 and we find the rear door open to the station. I imagine it's been open since the place closed.
Of note, many lights were on in the building and the HVAC was still turning. Signs something is going on...
The door was also still open on the other end of the station.
Now we go down the hatch
surface rust is very noticable all around
Second launch section
The plants were also getting watered, so was the sidewalk.
coming out the second launch
to zoom past the front of the building
At least the bolts haven't moved, the power box says it all.
Loved this part of the ride.
Overall it was very well designed, one of my top 25
it almost looks like part of the support has rusted through
track rust has also set in
Someone's had some fun.
Oddly enough, people were coming down sad they couldn't ride today. Apparently they thought the ride would be open....um...no comment.
See ya later Speed, hope to see you again somewhere soon. If not, you will be missed.
The fence behind the fence look familiar?
It should...it was wet-n-wilds
And finally, why Wet-N-Wild closed, a still not fully erect Fountain Blue.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane!
I promised last week a look at Pacific Park...but with the disassembly of Speed I figured no one would mind. So next week we will answer the question, finally, does Bubba Gump's use fresh fish?
Last edited by chadster on Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:36 pm.
F you Fountain Blue! What a waste. Parts of Vegas look like (name any random third world craphole). Ghost town. Ah, but the place will renew and reimagine its hedonistic, money churning vision (eventually). So long Speed, you lived to a ripe old age in accelerated Vegas time.
These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment, Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.
photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by
a professional ride photographer.
For yours and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at
parks without proper permission.
You need a sense of humor to view our site,
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER! There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13." Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.