Big Apple Coaster

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Big Apple Coaster
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New York, New York Hotel & Casino
Location Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Status Operating since January 3, 1997
Cost $25,000,000
Statistics
Manufacturer Togo
Type Steel - Hyper - Virtual reality
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 203 feet
Drop 144 feet
Top speed 67 mph
Length 4777 feet
Inversions 2
Drop angle 55°
Duration 2:40
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Togo (1997-2006)
Premier Rides (replaced 2021)
Riders per train 16
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Big Apple Coaster is a steel Togo hyper roller coaster located at New York, New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It originally opened in 1997 as "Manhattan Express". The ride's trains are themed to New York taxicabs.

History

In 2006, the Togo trains of the ride were replaced with newer trains made by Premier Rides. This was because riders were getting bruises on Togo's awkward pull-down restraints due to the rough ride and negative G-forces.Citation needed

In January 2018, New York New York announced that from February 7, 2018, riders would be able to pay $20 to wear a virtual reality headset on the ride. The VR experience depicts aliens taking over Las Vegas.

A new Sky Rocket II train also made by Premier Rides was seen testing on the course in 2020. In December 2020, the middle car on one of the trains derailed as it was climbing the lift hill, causing damage to the catwalk.[1] These new trains consist of comfort collars and a lap bar, which allow open-air seating. There are headlights on the front car, which light up at night. The ride reopened in late January 2021.[2] No changes to the ride's layout were made. The 2006 trains made by Premier Rides are currently stored in the New York, New York parking garage and are accessible to anyone nearby.[3] Most of the time, it costs $19 to ride and it always costs $10 to re-ride.[4]

Design

Elements

Trains

Togo (1997-2006) Trains:

2 trains with 4 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train.

Premier Rides (2006-2020) Trains:

2 trains with 5 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.

Premier Rides (2021) trains:

2 trains with 3 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 18 riders per train. These are the same trains found on Premier Rides' Sky Rocket II model.

Facts

  • The Roller Coaster, along with the Stratosphere Tower can be seen in the music video for Off The Record by Tinchy Strider and Calvin Harris.

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