Despite its low-key, nondescript name, Roller Coaster (which used to be known as Manhattan Express--a much better name), has a formidable presence on the famed Vegas Strip. Even in one of the most hyped-up places on the planet, the casino's faux New York City skyline, with its Statue of Liberty, Chrysler building, and other landmarks, is both enchanting and unsettling. Snaking through the Manhattan mock-up is the roller coaster's bright red track.
So how's the ride? In a word: OUCH! It's unusual for a hypercoaster (a coaster with a height of about 200 feet) to include inversions. The Roller Coaster shows why. Its over-the-shoulder harnesses incorporate side-to-side head restraints. When the coaster cranks into high gear, its rough ride turns passengers into human pinballs. For riders caught in the head banger's brawl, this is one New York minute that can't end too soon.