The Roller Coaster in Las Vegas
The Roller Coaster is the name of the roller coaster at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. It first opened in 1997 as the "Manhattan Express". The ride's trains are themed to New York taxicabs.
The ride begins with a 180 ft lift and a 76 ft drop, followed by a hill and a 144 ft drop. The train then traverses two inversions, a standard vertical loop and a dive loop (twist and dive element), where the train performs a 180 degree spiral and then performs a half-loop maneuver. This element is found on one other coaster: the "Mega Coaster" at Hamanako Pal Pal Park in Japan RCDB link. The rest of the ride is executed on the roof of the casino, and features small hills and a helix. The ride's station is themed to a New York subway station. Built by TOGO, it had a reputation in the past for being a rough, even painful roller coaster. Some riders have gotten bruised on the shoulders from the old trains due to the roughness of the ride and negative G-force.
In 2004 Premier Rides installed magnetic brakes on the ride. In August 2006, Premier also installed new trains to replace the original TOGO trains. Since the Premier train installation, the ride has been noticeably smoother, as opposed to when the TOGO trains were in use.