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Meet the world’s tallest roller coaster, Skyscraper

570-foot-tall ‘Polercoaster’ anchors new attractions complex Skyplex, to open in 2016

Photo: PHOTO BY SKYPLEX, License: N/A

PHOTO BY SKYPLEX


Chill: Retail
Joshua Wallack says they are looking to stock Skyplex’s retail space with brands that are more NYC than Mall at Millenia, but unless they sell something truly unique or are an outlet store, it’s hard for shops to survive on I-Drive.

Chill: Financing
The $200 million project (a surprisingly lean budget for such an enterprise) has financing “commitments,” according to Wallack, but their website is actively soliciting foreign investors. While their Miami investments are very successful, it’s unknown whether the owners have pockets deep enough to ensure such a major project’s completion, and a vague “2015 groundbreaking/2016 opening” timeline doesn’t inspire confidence.

Chill: Traffic
Cars already move along I-Drive slower than Disney’s line to meet Anna and Elsa, and an attraction of this magnitude can only make things worse. The 1,500-spot garage will enter and exit onto nearby Canada Avenue, which will increase congestion at Carrier Drive and Sand Lake Road. And while the Wallacks support a pedestrian bridge over the nearby intersection, they haven’t committed to fund one. Without infrastructure upgrades, just driving past Skyplex may prove more death-defying than the Skyscraper’s plunges.

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