In some rather interesting news in regards to the Skyscraper at Skyplex here in Orlando, it seems a manufacturer switch has taken place.
The record-breaking roller coaster was originally set to be designed by S&S when it was originally announced a few years ago, but it has now has been announced that Intamin has taken over the project.
Here is the official statement on the switch:
“This is a very important milestone for the development team,” says Joshua Wallack, one of the principle developers of the $460 million dollar Skyplex project in Orlando, FL. “After over a year of extensive design and engineering work focusing on the recordbreaking track layout and rider experience, as well as an extensive industry review, we are very excited to announce the supply contract award to Intamin, one of the world’s premier roller coaster manufacturers.”
“We could not be more pleased to have Intamin and International Amusements Inc. on board to manufacture the ride component of the Polercoaster (Skyscraper) attraction here in our own backyard,” says Orlando, FL based Bill Kitchen, founder of US Thrill Rides and inventor of the Polercoaster. “Intamin has a very well known reputation in building record-breaking rollercoasters. We are proud to have a assembled such a world-class team to build this icon.” When commissioned, the Skyscraper at Skyplex will be the world’s tallest rollercoaster at over 500+ feet tall, with over 6,000 feet of multiple-looping and fully inverting steel track, traversing both through the observation tower and the campus of the Skyplex
No word was given as to why S&S was removed from the project and Intamin was put in their place, it could have been anything from S&S dropping out of the project all together or they could have gotten outbid by Intamin.
Now as many know in the coaster world, Intamin does not have the best reputation when it comes to reliability. There have been several incidents over the past several years involving Intamin, and now that they have control of the ride, will the Skyscraper suffer the same reliability issues? Only time will tell.
Skyscraper at Skyplex will feature the 570-foot world’s tallest roller coaster, a 450-foot drop tower (SkyFall), 400,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space including the world’s largest Perkins, a zip-line, 350- key hotel, and a 2700 space parking structure. Construction is expected to begin this fall on the complex and be completed some time in 2018.
via InPark Magazine