Stratosphere Hotel Thrill Rides
PAY ATTENTION ALONG THE FAMOUS STRIP!
Next time you go to Las Vegas, look cautiously from a distance at the tall skinny tower known as the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.
If you stare closely, you will truly witness human beings leaping off the top (no joke). Thank goodness they are carefully harnessed in as they free fall back to the Las Vegas strip.
It’s one of four carefully developed thrill rides atop the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.
Watch all 4 rides as seen on Florida TV
ABOUT THE STRATOSPHERE
This significant tower stands at a peak of 1,149 feet and holds the record for the tallest freestanding tower in America. The hotel has lots of rooms, a large casino, and four of the scariest rides I have ever been around. Big Shot, Insanity, X-scream, and the Sky Jump.
"If you want an experience like no other. Where you can't get anywhere else in this world, we are the place to go," says Kimberly Huff the Director of Attractions at the Stratosphere.
4 DIFFERENT RIDES AT THE TOP
Those feeling adventurous and want to conquer the famous 4 have to first purchase tickets at a desk to the side of the casino in the lobby.
Your alternatives are to pay for the rides individually if you don’t desire to ride all 4 or to purchase a wristband for limitless rides.
Once you’ve bought your tickets, you’ll proceed up an escalator which will deliver you to the main elevators- the same elevators that’ll bring you up over one hundred floors to the very tippy pinnacle of the Stratosphere.
Insanity is the next thrill ride you have to try. This massive mechanical arm extends 60 feet over the Stratosphere edge.
Rotating at up to three ‘G’s while dangling in the air. Riders are also propelled at an angle. You just pray to god that the manufactures of the thrill ride knew what they were doing when they built Insanity or any of these rides. And I'm confident they were with all the rides here.
"You also have the inverted 70 degree angle where your actually are staring straight down to the strip. So it's just you, the strip and the air below." Very cool ride as far as I'm concerned.
(4) SKY JUMP
Sky Jump maybe the scariest attraction at the top. Before the jump, you will be given a brief instruction and fitted into a jumpsuit.
Next, you will be attached to a patented “descender machine." one of the guides will lead you to the side of a small platform where you will discover yourself at the outside aspect of the Stratosphere. I’m advised it is similar to skydiving.
"It's a controlled decent. But it is absolutely fast. Your pulling about 45 mph down to the bullseye. It's fantastic. You get a full view. And on top of that, it's on the side of the strip, which is one of the best views up here at the stratosphere tower."
I will tell you right now I (traveling weatherman) put on the jumpsuit and went to the edge of the building to decide not to jump. I think the guides were surprised at my decision.
It just did not feel right for me as I looked down nearly 900 feet. What can I say? But looking back, if I have another chance I would jump!
You can SAVE by booking ahead at the Stratosphere.
I KNOW VEGAS
I know a thing or two about thrill rides in Las Vegas. I lived in Las Vegas for three years and even worked as a Weatherman nightly for the ABC station KTNV-TV.
I highly recommend the Stratosphere thrill rides. They are some of the best anywhere in the world.