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When people think Las Vegas, they immediately think neon lights, wonderful entertainment, and of course a lot of fun. People may not consider Vegas a thrill ride kingdom, but it truly is, and no one makes that true like the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. During the years since itís opening the Stratosphere has added attractions that thrill riders to the extreme. Maybe itís the ride experience, or maybe itís the fact that the ride takes place 900-feet above the Las Vegas strip. When the tower opened in 1996 the first two attractions were an instant hit. After seeing the success of their first two rides the tower planned the first fishhook coaster constructed by Arrow Dynamics: a 740-foot tall shuttle coaster built down the side of the building. Unfortunately, the city counsel shot down that idea, but their next idea that the Stratosphere came up with became reality. In 2004 the Stratosphere decided to add yet another thrill. A sky skater was purchased and joined the Big Shot and High Roller. For the spring of 2005, the Stratosphere added a new thrill ride that will send riders dangling on edge, literally. The newest attraction comes from Interactive Rides, the maker of X-Scream. The new attraction, dubbed Insanity: The Ride takes the family fun of the popular swing ride and puts it 900-feet above the Vegas Strip. The slogan the Stratosphere chose for the ride, "You Will Be Scared" is definately correct. Insanity: The Ride is not for the week at heart. The ride rotates at about 40 mph causing riders to experience g-forces of about 3.0.
This ride starts totally different than any other ride in the world outside of the Stratosphere Tower's own collection. This is because it starts at 909-feet above the Nevada ground. Riders approach the seats suspended on the lime green and purple arm by cables and secure the restraints. The arm starts to rotate outward and the ten riders lose the comfort of the observation deck below, as they now have nothing but the Vegas Strip 909-feet below them. Then the fun starts. The ride starts to rotate faster and faster until the top speed of 40 mph is reached. At this point the seats are almost at 90-degrees and riders are gripping the restraints for dear life as they stare almost straight down. The ride rotates around and around until riders think it will never stop. The riders start to wish they could put their feet back on solid ground, but it doesn't seems like their wishes will be answered anytime soon. Then their wish is answered and the rotations start to slow. The seats drastically lose speed until they are in the vertical position once again. Once that is complete, the arm rotates back over the observation deck. The ride ops release the restraints and dazed riders exit their seats. From her they can either brave Insanity again or try another one of the Stratosphereís top-class thrill rides.