This is one our favorite things to do when we
are bored. Not exactly roller coasters, but thrill rides in general
and theme parks more specifically. One of Ziggy's hobbies is to design
theme parks and themed attractions. He doesn't have the engineering
background, but does have an unusual imagination.
Yes, there are hundreds of other coasters and
thrill rides around this wonderful world, and we would like to share them
with other visitors to this site. If you have a favorite thrill ride,
let us know about it and why you like it. If you have a picture of your
favorite thrill ride, we would love to post it as well. Submit your entry
A tip to riding roller coasters, If you like
the thrill of the ride, sit in the back of the coaster. Sitting in
the front is really boring. And you can see where you are going, whether
you sit in the back or the front. When you sit in the back you whip
over the hills and get that weightless feeling. That's the fun part. Here
is a list of the thrill rides of Las Vegas and surrounding areas.
Bill's Casino Primm, (Stateline) NVThis
one will knock you on your butt. This is a steel coaster. The highlights
are the first drop is over 200 feet, and reaches speeds of nearly 90 mph.
Casino Las Vegas, NVIts pink.
It's quick. It's way to short. This is a steel coaster and features
four inversions (going up side down). Two of the inversions are corkscrews
and two are inverted tear loops.
Express New York, Yew
York Casino Las Vegas, NV This is a
steel coaster that has two inversions. One loop is an inverted tear and
the other is a heart line inversion. A heart line inversion is best described
as someone driving a pole through your chest, then rotating upside down
(like on a spit) then twirling the pole so you are right side up again.
Las Vegas, NVVery tame, unless you have a
fear of heights. Because it is the only thrill you will get is looking
down. This is a steel coaster that sits atop the Stratosphere Tower. It
clings to the top on the spire and goes around it four times.
Race for Atlantis
Caesar's Palace Las Vegas,
NVIt is a simulator attraction that takes you to Atlantis. Its a race against evil and another simulator to try to save Atlantis from doom. It uses all the latest high tech gizmos; Imax screen, 3D glasses, headrest sound, and state of the art simulators. Which only goes to prove, that sometimes all the latest toys, doesn't give you the bragging rights as to a breathtaking experience. To be blunt, I was bored.
Sahara Hotel Las Vegas,
NVEver wanted to get behind the wheel of a race car and enjoy the thrill of ultimate road rage? This is a series of attractions that have you strapped into the cockpit of a formula racer or on a wild desert rally. Motion simulators and 3D movies make this a fun and sometimes queasy experience.
Speed, The Ride
Sahara Hotel Las Vegas,
NVThis roller coaster catapults you from the boarding platform inside the casino, shoots you outside the hotel onto the Strip making a sharp inverted 90° turn. You plunge below the sidewalk then back up again and then enter a loop. The train then shoots you through the hotel marquee and then straight up a tower where you hang just for a moment then do the whole thing backwards.
Star Trek: The Experience Las Vegas Hilton Las Vegas, NVOkay all you Trekkie Dorks, you got your wish, a Star Trek theme park. This is not a ride nor is it a exhibit, it is an Experience. If you are a hard core Star Trek fan, you will be able to test your knowledge on Trek trivia, and if you like adventure, you will love this thing. I don't want to give any of this away, but it is one of the best thrills in Vegas.
Convention Center Way Las Vegas, NV (702) 731-4768This
is a big THRILL. You go through a training class, you put on a jump
suit and jump into the path of a revved up, rotating DC-3 propeller. That
is right you are a human chicken test to a DC-3 engine. This is a free
falling experience that puts you no more than 20 feet off the ground.
Hackett's Bungy 800
Circus Circus Dr Las Vegas, NV (702) 385-4321 This
is bungy tower where you have your choice of diving with a chest harness
Over a concrete roof or an ankle harness over a pool. It's real nice.
No cheesy construction crane operation here. A J Hackett is a pioneer
in bungy jumping, so you are in good hands there.
Stratosphere Casino Las
Vegas, NV This is like a reverse bungy.
You start at ground level, well sort of. You are over 900 feet above
the street. Then you are catapulted over 120 feet at a rate of 4
Gs, then you plunge back down. This goes on a few times. Not
for those who have a fear of heights.
Stratosphere Casino Las
Vegas, NV For those of you how want to overcome your fear of heights, this is the ride that would cure you. Not by making you comfortable with heights, but by the fact that after you ride this you would die of heart failure and would no longer have to worry about any fear at all. This is a very unique ride that puts you on a car that sits on what can best be described as a teeter-totter. The car rolls from one end of the track to the other as the track tips up and back. Sounds tame enough? well when the ride dips down as you face forward, the end of the track is suspended freely over 850 feet above terra firma and you plunge head long to the end of the track with nothing below your but air.
Pedestrian J-Walk Bounce The Strip, Tropicana, FlamingoLas Vegas, NVHere
is a thrill that is sure to kill. You mix up a bunch of anxious walking
tourist, and several tons of steel being controlled by another set of anxious
tourists as well as impatient locals and, BINGO! There are more pedestrians
killed each year by motorists in the resort corridor, than probably anywhere
else in Las Vegas. Please remember when you come to this city, that
the poker machines and the Black Jack tables will still take your money
no matter when you get to them, so please remember to cross at intersections
and wait for the light. We want you to go home a winner, not a statistic.