Update: the new owners of the Sahara have confirmed Speed: The Ride is NOT coming back. 😢
“He also shot down rumors. The renovations will not include a rollercoaster – in its final years the Sahara was home to “Speed-The Ride.” Also, NASCAR Café, which was home to the six-pound, two-foot-long burrito of “Man versus Food” fame, is not returning.
“That was a Sahara of a different era,” Hobson said.”
If you've been following us for awhile you'll know we don't really do a whole lot of rumors on this site. And we definitely don't do rumors sent to us from inside source at theme parks (yep, we actually DO have inside sources at theme parks, but we respect NDA's).
But this one doesn't come from one of those, it comes from Vital Vegas (give them a follow for great Las Vegas updates).
The long rumored name change of the Sahara back to the Sahara finally took place (it should have never changed in the first place). So that's a cool bit of Vegas history coming back.
We saw this last night and started talking a bit about Speed: The Ride.
A little history about Vital Vegas, they had a great source that had confirmed the name change back to Sahara.
Well this same source has also said Speed: The Ride is coming back.
For those who don't know, Speed: The Ride is a Premiere launched coaster that operated at The Sahara from 2000 to 2011. And it was all kinds of awesome.
Have also talked to our Team Park Journey Las Vegas Expert (RD) who said that despite the ride sitting out in the Vegas sun since 2011 it is in excellent condition. And while it would need some "TLC", it wouldn't take much.
In addition, the trains are not out in the open and are in fact in storage containers. But would also need some TLC of course.
So there it is, our big Rumor.
This is actually not the first time this rumor has come up, but the fact that the company that now owns the Sahara has reversed course on the name due to lack of enthusiasm, maybe, just maybe they'll try to draw some more people to that end of the strip with a roller coaster.
We can only hope, because Speed: The Ride was truly awesome!!
Now, if we could only get it without the OTSR's. =)
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Nick and Jeff spent the weekend at Silver Dollar City (we'll have more pics and video from their trip in the days to come) but in the meantime, here are some construction shots of their rather large 2020 project.
No official announcement yet, but it looks like it may be a new Rapids ride from the looks of it. Enjoy!!