World's tallest roller coaster coming to Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. —So far, it's billed as the biggest attraction yet in central Florida: The Orlando Eye.

You can see the supports for the massive, 425-foot tall observation wheel are in place, and plans are for the attraction to be open by New Year's. But the Orlando Eye could soon be overshadowed.

"This is fast smooth and very, very exciting," said Michael Kitchen, of U.S. Thrill Rides. "And terrifying."

In November, Kitchen showed WESH 2 his plans to build the Polercoaster, a tower coaster that would be the tallest coaster in Florida. WESH 2 news has learned the buyer now wants to build the world's tallest roller coaster at 570 feet in Florida, which would be about 130 feet taller than the 35-story SunTrust Center in downtown Orlando.

That would be nearly three times higher than Disney's Expedition Everest and Universal's Rip Ride Rockit coasters.

Visit Orlando's Mark Jaronski said Florida should be excited about a unique attraction being built in Florida, possibly in our region.

"New attractions increase interest, increase excitement," Jaronski said. "All of the tourists who come here, who visit, who are attracted by iconic attractions like that, leave behind money that helps fund our schools, our local roads, even the arts here in central Florida."

Visitors WESH 2 talked with said bring it.

"I probably would come just to see, you know, what type of roller coaster it is," said Willie Parker.

Theme park insiders tell WESH 2 they're betting the Polercoaster will be in a big-name park because the expense of building it would make it a money-loser as a standalone attraction.


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