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At 570 feet tall, Skyscraper roller coaster will change I-Drive skyline in 2016

Concept art for the Skyscraper roller coaster to be built on International Drive in Orlando.
Concept art for the Skyscraper roller coaster to be built on International Drive in Orlando.
Barb Nefer

Rumors of a 500 foot tall polercoaster coming to Orlando were finally confirmed today with the announcement of the Skyscraper roller coaster. This massive ride will tower an impressive 570 feet above the skyline on a 12 acre parcel at the corner of International Drive and Sand Lake Road, just off I-4 and in close proximity to Universal Orlando Resort.

The Skyscraper will be part of a shopping and entertainment complex that will also feature glass elevators to take guests up 55 stories to an observation platform if they prefer not to climb into the sky aboard the coaster. For those who actually dare to ride it, the Skyscraper will offer plenty of thrills, like barrel rolls and other inversions. It will feature eight passenger trains, with two rows of four passengers each. The stadium seating and cummerbund restrain will ensure breathtaking views.

The Skyscraper will reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour, with the total ride taking about three minutes. After you hop off, you can shop at the retail stores, dine at the upper deck restaurant, or enjoy the arcade at the Skyplex complex. In addition to changing the skyline, it will also bring something new to I-Drive: the coaster trains will literally swing out over the street at one point.

Click the slideshow accompanying this article to see some of the concept art.

Construction will start in 2015 on the $200 million project, with an expected 2016 opening. It will bring up to 1000 new jobs to the area and revitalize a major corner that's now partially vacant and partially dominated by fast food restaurants.

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