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!!
Welcome to part two of my updates from my work trip to Orlando. While I was there 100% for business, and boy did I ever learn a lot, I was also able to take some time out in the evenings to have a bit of fun.
As luck would have it, my good friend Sean from California/Florida/European Coaster Kings had moved to Florida awhile back and we had made plans to hang out one night. Luckily the night he was able to hang out was the night I had planned on doing both Fun Spots. Which saved me a lot of Lyft'ing. =)
Written by Gregg Condon
Since Sean was at Universal doing an update and I was staying at Cabana Bay, we decided to meet up at CityWalk at around 6:00. After a very nice dinner at CowFish, we made our way to the first Fun Spot in Kissimmee.
Hi Kitty!! I know it has a name, I don't remember what Sean told me.
Hi Mine Blower!!
I really did enjoy the ride, it was a bit bumpy, but I was ok with it. What a tremendous investment for the park and I hope it's paid off for them.
We explored the park a bit, got the kiddie credit and then it was off to ...
Fun Spot #2!!!
This was my first of the Jr. Suspended coasters, I found it a lot of fun!!
No SkyCoaster for us tonight
We see you Enterprise!! (best flat-ride ever)
The star of the show was 100% White Lightning. I loved, loved, loved, loved, loved this coaster.
I wish more parks would invest in these smaller GCI's. It just goes to show you don't have to be the tallest or the fastest to be completely awesome and fun.
Hey Six Flags Over Texas!!! Great Enterprise as it actually went full Vertical!
A great selection of flat rides at both Fun Spot locations.
And last, but not least.
Had a really great time at Fun Spot. We have a few similar type parks here in CA but none of them have coasters like Mine Blower, White Lightning or Freedom Flyer. I wish some of them would invest a bit more.
Thanks again to Sean for being my Chauffeur. How did we not get a selfie the entire night? Lol.