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Goodbye to Speed: The Ride at the Sahara (Vegas)?


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Just going to re-post what I wrote last April about this project...

 

...Hi, Harmon Tower, how's it going?

 

To be fair, Harmon Tower didn't open due to not even coming CLOSE to passing inspection. The foundation rebar is all screwed up and it would have needed to be rebuilt, basically, if it ever was going to pass an inspection.

 

Speaking of Harmon Tower, though, just today a judge gave the OK to dismantle it. I wonder how long MGM is planning on keeping it as a giant billboard.

 

I believe he was remarking on the fact that even when something here is under construction it still doesn't guarantee it's going to be finished and/or opened. Nothing is for sure in this town, even when it's for sure.

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I’ve spent the past couple of days in Las Vegas and had some time to kill so I thought I would go take a look at Speed: The Ride. As you can see from the photos is is stored very neatly. There seems to be no site of the trains.

 

I also went to the site of the new GIANT ferris wheel over at the Quad. This thing is huge, and the Quad is looking pretty damn good too.

 

Enjoy the pics!

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HOLY CRAP, that looks amazing. Thanks for sharing Shane!

 

But at the same time, the other giant Ferris wheel is going nowhere as you see in this picture... the concrete towers are the fork of the wheel. This project is apparently bankrupt, twice! Sad...

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Back in the day, it was probably the best ride in Vegas. Of course, the rides atop Stratosphere have taken over in most people's opinions... and the new rumors for Vegas (and previous ride rumors) have outclassed this launch coaster. However, it was great to eat a little food before or after this ride at the NASCAR Cafe!

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Lately there was news about the skyvue wheel, but we didn't hear anything about Speed.

What will be it's future? Is it still stored in the same area? Are there any recent pics of the track parts?

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It would be a shame to just let a very solid ride just sit there and eventually rot away to nothing. Its future does look pretty bleak though. Been sitting there exposed to the elements for I think about two years now.

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I honestly think it is just going to sit there and rot and eventually be sold for scrap.

Yeah, I wrote this coaster off the day it closed at the Saharah. When you have multiple huge projects half-completed all over Vegas, I highly doubt this ride is a blip on anyone's radar.

 

I mean, the Harmon Tower or Fountain Blue is the equivalent of someone building an Epcot sized park in Orlando, complete with rides, and then never opening it.

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It is so sad to see this...

I stood before the Sahara the last time I've been to Vegas but as Robb mentioned, with all the other things around in Vegas who would take care of this coaster. There were a lot of rumors, that also have been heard here in Germany, that there is someone interested in the Sahara complex, but, unfortunately, nothing happened...

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There were a lot of rumors, that also have been heard here in Germany, that there is someone interested in the Sahara complex, but, unfortunately, nothing happened...

 

Might wanna double check that, chief. SLS bought the site a while ago and are reopening by Labor Day.

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There were a lot of rumors, that also have been heard here in Germany, that there is someone interested in the Sahara complex, but, unfortunately, nothing happened...

 

Might wanna double check that, chief. SLS bought the site a while ago and are reopening by Labor Day.

 

Nothing of substance here. I just love it when people call other people chief.

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Being from Germany, I imagine not lots of Las Vegas news makes it that way...

 

The removal of Speed was one of the moves SBE made prior to the SLS being built. SBE has owned the property since 2007, shut down the Sahara in 2011, and didn't start reconstruction until last year because they were struggling to raise the money. Speed was closed for six months in 2008-2009 while SBE figured out WTF they wanted to do.

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I may have missed something but is the ride still stored in the same place near Mandalay Bay and behind that Mcdonalds? Couldn't spot it on Google Maps or Bing.

 

Its on the zoomed out Google Maps but not the zoomed in one. suggesting its gone? Although that zoomed in one looks older? I'm afraid I'm not well versed enough in Vegas to tell.

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