Texas is building world's tallest ride, at 500 feet
Written by Skipper Adam
Texas is not one to be ignored. It might not have the biggest coasters or the most (it's third behind California and Florida with 38 coasters). But it used to have four theme parks (if you ever counted Astroworld as much of anything), and construction has begun on another park, called Earthquest Adventures. If that puppy ever opens, it will be a complex larger than Universal Orlando. And on Galveston Island there is a plan to build a park on one of the old piers.Tweet
We have coaster gems here and there like The Boardwalks Bullet or the new Texas Giant - which is now my favorite steel/wood/hybrid however you want to categorize it.
Our state fair, (well the main state fair out of the three) is not one to be ignored in the ride world. There resides the Texas Star, the tallest Ferris wheel in the Americas, at 212 feet. From there you can see both the downtown of Dallas and Fort Worth (and, yes, they are two separate cities). There have been, over the years, several propositions to build a taller wheel in America, but nothing has come of it yet.
Celebrating 200 years of Texas Independence, and 150th Fair, over the years it has become known for its icons, such as Big Tex, the Cotton Bowl, the leader in unusual fried foods (starting with the corn dog, we’ve been the leader in dipping stuff in stuff and frying it) and the art deco fair grounds and one of the largest car shows in the world and largest midway in America.
To finally get to the point, The State Fair of Texas is building the world’s tallest ride called the Top of Texas Tower. It will be an observation tower carrying 100 guest at a time up to 500 ft. The cost of the tower is an estimated $11 million.
The tower will open next summer at a semi-permanent Midway. Already there is a permanent log flume and gondola ride as well as the Texas Star. Other permanent rides are being looked at as well, and we might be seeing a formation of a new, albeit strange, amusement park.
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