on August 29, 2001
Like the Manhattan Express at NYNY, "Speed" is a new steel roller coaster on the Strip and is worth the trek. Located in the NASCAR Cafe attached to the Sahara, it is a decent ride (one of the best in Vegas, in my opinion) but isn't quite as scary as a monster rollercoaster you might find at a large amusement park (which might be a good thing to you). But don't get me wrong, it is a very good ride. "Speed" is a linear-induction coaster, which means that instead of a long slow climb up the first hill followed by a big drop, you are launched right out of the building like you were taking off from an aircraft carrier. You then go through some loops, twists and turns, go straight up, experience a brief sensation of weightlessness, and then go through the entire ride backwards. Oh, and when the train gets back into the building, you catch your breath and get a second ride immediately, which is pretty cool since you can really enjoy it when you know what to expect. If you enjoy roller coasters, make sure you catch this one. Tip: there is a two-for-one coupon for this ride in the "Las Vegas Advisor" coupon book, available online.
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