Skycraper roller coaster’ to be 570ft tall

A 570ft "Skyscraper" roller coaster, due to be the world’s tallest, is set to be built in Orlando, Florida. It will be part of the new $250m, 495,000 square foot, Skyplex entertainment centre.

The "Skyscraper" will be a "poler coaster", with the cars travelling around a pole with the dimensions of a tower block at the heart of the complex.  

The four-minute ride will contain loops, dives, spirals and inversions all on the exterior of the tower, which resembles a helter-skelter. 

The top of the coaster will be an observation deck accessible by elevators. 

Mango’s Tropical Cafe and US Thrill Rides are the companies behind the project. 

The Skyplex shopping, dining and entertainment centre is set to open in 2017, and development of the project will begin next year.


Joshua Wallack, managing principal of Skyplex, said: "With the addition of the Skyscraper and the amazing Skyplex, Orlando will once again cement its reputation as the attractions capital of the world. 

"We’re certain this thrilling new iconic coaster and facility will attract countless more attraction enthusiasts and visitors to the area." 

Currently the world’s largest roller-coaster is the 456ft Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township in New Jersey. 

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