Though Orlando has arguably earned the title of theme park capital of the world with Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld all within minutes of each other, one thing this area is sorely missing is some unique thrill rides. Though the Terror of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Manta roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando provide decent thrills (and Busch Garden’s roller coasters are only an hour's drive away), Orlando doesn’t have much of a reputation for extreme rides.
However, that is about to change with not one but two record-setting thrill rides that have been confirmed to be debuting in the International Drive area of Orlando by 2016. And interestingly, neither of these rides will be inside a theme park!
1. The world’s tallest roller coaster, the Skyscraper, opens in 2016
Though we first heard about the Skyscraper roller coaster this past summer, the developers behind the ride brought a computer-rendered video to theme park trade show IAAPA this week which shows exactly what Skyscraper riders will experience when they board the world’s tallest roller coaster.
The video above shows the ride's powered climb up the 570-foot-tall structure and also features some of the ride’s ten inversions, including the world’s highest inversion at the top. The video also gives us a glimpse of how the ride will integrate with the all-new shopping and dining Skyplex complex being built up around the coaster. Both the Skyskraper and the shopping complex are currently under construction and are expected to open sometime in 2016.