Believe it or not, there are people on the planet who pay significant amounts of money to strap themselves into treacherous metal machines for three minutes at a time. They are called roller coaster people, and they are a baffling species.
I appear to be in the minority with this opinion, however, so here goes: U.S. Thrill Rides and the engineering firm S&S Worldwide have confirmed that they're in the process of building the world's tallest roller coaster in Orlando, Florida. Dubbed the Skyscraper, the coaster will rise 570 feet in the air, and will wrap around a central tower with a glass observation deck.
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Riders will ascend in glass elevators before spiraling down around the tower and out into the Skyplex amusement park, a new 12-acre indoor entertainment complex on Orlando's International Drive. The tower will be central Florida's tallest structure when completed.
Actually, the whole Orlando skyline will look quite a bit different next summer - the Skyscraper coaster will be constructed near the Orlando Eye, a 435-foot ferris wheel also currently being built.