Tallest roller coaster in the world to be built in Florida by 2016

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Fans of thrills will be looking forward to 2016 when the world's tallest roller coaster will be completed in Orlando, Florida. The Skyscraper is set to be just one part of a much larger entertainment complex that the designers have named Skyplex.


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The Skyplex entertainment centre along with the Skyscraper roller coaster will be located on International Drive, Orlando. The theme park will spread out over 46,000 sq m and be situated on a plot of 4.85 hectares. The centre will be home to restaurants, shops and at the heart there will be a large tower that offers an observation room. The designers say that the tower is going to be the tallest structure in central Florida; visitors are taken on a scenic ride up the 55 storeys in a glass elevator.


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The Skyscraper is a new type of roller coaster called the Polercoaster and Florida is going to be home to the first unit that is built. The Polercoaster is 163 metres tall and it will entwine around the tower of the Skyplex, in a similar way to a Helter Skelter ride. It will then take its occupants along loops and spirals around the whole of the Skyplex complex.


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The track of the Skyscraper roller coaster measures 1, 584 meters in length and those riding it will have to endure 3 minutes of exhilarating dips and spirals at speeds of 65mph. This however isn’t as fast as the roller coaster found in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi. The cost of building the world’s tallest roller coaster will be US$200 million and work begins on it in 2015. If all goes to plan, Florida will be welcoming visitors onto the ride in 2016.

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