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Coaster in the Stratos-Fear

High Roller at the Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas

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Stratosphere Tower Las Vegas High Roller

The High Roller snakes around the top of the Stratosphere Tower. The Big Shot rises above it.

Jeremy Levine
NOTE: The Stratosphere dismantled the coaster in 2005, and replaced it with other thrill rides. There are, however, more Las Vegas roller coasters. The following is a review of the ride when it was open.

The High Roller (what a great name!) is a fairly wimpy roller coaster. At a top speed of 30 mph, no inversions, not much acceleration or g-forces, and hardly any drops, it's firmly in the "family" coaster category. Oh, there is one notable stat you may want to consider before you convince Grandma to go on the roller coaster: the track wraps around the top of the Stratosphere Tower at the 900-foot level.

  • About Guide Rating (0=Yich!, 10=Wow!): 5
  • Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 3.5
    On the ground, it would rate a .5, if that. At 900 feet in the air however, there are some psychological thrills.
  • Attraction type: Steel family coaster
  • Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 888-236-7495
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What a sight. The track for the High Roller doesn't sit on top of the observation deck that surrounds the top of the Stratosphere Tower. It is bolted to the side of the deck and t he tower. Walking onto the ride, there is a slight gap between the deck and the track. Looking down, it's a 900-foot drop to the Strip.

The sheer height, and the fear that the over-the-shoulder harness may not keep you secured to the seat, the train may not be securely affixed to the track, or the track may not be securely attached to the tower, provides the thrills. Otherwise, it is a very mundane coaster.

There is no lift hill. The train just gets a little push out of the station, it descends a modest drop, reaches a top speed of 30 mph, and then winds around the tower a couple of times, before it repeats the cycle an additional time. The view is spectacular, and it is a rush to ride a roller coaster some 900 feet above the ground. But if you're after thrills, consider the Stratosphere's other tower-top rides, Big Shot and X Sky.

Go to Big Shot review

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