Is The Roller Coaster/Manhattan Express Worth It?

January 16, 2016, 1:13 PM

I will be visiting Las Vegas next week and I was wondering if The Roller Coaster/Manhattan Express and worth the $14 and the pain. I kind of want to ride it because I have heard some of the GP saying that they enjoyed it, but I have also heard horrible things about the ride.

Replies (16)

January 16, 2016, 1:31 PM

I personally loved it. But if you pay 64 dollars, you get four tickets and pictures.

January 16, 2016, 1:42 PM

@Disneyversal We would only buy two tickets. Also, we are 5 foot 7 and 5 foot 2 if that changes anything

January 16, 2016, 2:57 PM

No. Not worth it. If you must go on rides, Adventure Dome at Circus Circus is better.

January 16, 2016, 11:38 PM

If you've never done the Big Apple Coaster before and the line is reasonable, then yes, it is worth it. The coaster is the worst one in Nevada, but I'd put it in the C group as far as coasters are concerned (aka not bad, but not great). The first half is pretty cool and isn't too rough, but the second half can be brutal. The restraints are weird on the ride, so make sure the shoulder bars are as tight as possible to reduce neck chopping. Crowds will generally be lower for the coaster earlier in the day, so ride before 3 P.M. if you can (especially on a weekend, when the line can get up to 45-60 minutes).

If you have time and haven't been before (or even if you haven't been in the past couple years), I highly recommend checking out the Adventuredome as well. El Loco is probably the best coaster in the state and Canyon Blaster isn't bad for an Arrow looper. Also, if you have a car and will be visiting during the weekend I highly recommend checking out Desperado at Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino (about 45 minutes from the strip). If you do this one, sit in the middle row of a car to minimize roughness.

Edited: January 17, 2016, 7:36 AM

Canyon Blaster (Adventuredome): really painful and rough. Will give you a headache.
El Loco (Adventuredome): Butter smooth, nice hang time, short but re-rideable.
Stratopshere: Standard S&S drop tower, a hanging thing and a spiny thing (no idea what they are). Too expensive for rides that may not be open because of the wind.
NYNY: Never again in my life. It's a TOGO death machine. My least favorite coaster ever.
This is the original TOGO train.

It had to be removed after 9 years of making bloody ears.
This is the newer Premier Rides train.

I normally love Premier's creations like Revenge of the Mummy, but this one is still a head banger thanks to a really weird restraint system. Premier also installed magnetic breaks, but they are still really painful so I don't know what they did wrong.

You can see the weird restraints here

January 17, 2016, 1:22 PM

I don't think height would be a problem. I'm 6'5 and the restraint was a little uncomfortable but it fit well. I just really liked going around fake New York. And last I checked it was 15 dollars for tickets.

January 17, 2016, 2:23 PM

I remember riding this in the first decade of the 2000s and enjoying it a lot.

But I went on this last year for the first time in 5+ years, and the head restraints beat my head unmercifully. Probably my worst roller coaster experience in recent memory.

But if I had never ridden this, I would ride one time just to be able to say I had ridden it once. It's a lot of fun to watch it from the street, and it has nice views of the Las Vegas Strip before the drop. The views are more exciting at nighttime with the city lit up with neon.

January 18, 2016, 1:58 AM

I say its fun, would i do it again? Maybe. I liked it in the evening when you can see all the lights.

You definitely try it and if you dont like it, at least you'll know!

January 20, 2016, 8:08 PM

Honestly, I wouldn't reccomend it at all. In fact it sorta ruined my night. By the end of the ride, I was left with a big headache and bruised earlobes. Plus, the coaster is rather short, so you don't really get to see all the Vegas strip lights, as most of them are a blur as you whizz by. Was it a cool experience? yes. Was it worth the pain? No . Was it worth the $14 and the pain combined? Definitely not. Go to the stratosphere or Adventuredome.

January 20, 2016, 8:13 PM

Oh yeah, as long as we are the subject of Vegas, which is superior? Desperado or El Loco?

January 20, 2016, 9:36 PM

Which is superior? Desperado or El Loco?

I personally prefer El Loco because it's the more unique of the two, gives a smooth ride, and doesn't have any dull moments, but it's going to depend a lot on what you like in a coaster. They're both good rides and if you haven't ridden them and have a choice I'd prioritize both above the Big Apple Coaster. Here's a comparison as of my last trip out there (2014):

-Very long, very tall, very fast
-Huge first drop that is reasonably steep
-First half is very good, second half is a little dull
-Good airtime, particularly toward the front of the train
-Reasonably forceful, but nothing too extreme
-Ride ranges from moderately rough to extremely rough...ride in the middle seat of a car for the smoothest ride

El Loco:
-Very short, somewhat small, a little on the slow side
-First drop isn't too big, but it is vertical
-The entire ride is good, but it is somewhat repetitive
-Decent airtime at a couple points and lots of hangtime in the inversions
-Not particularly forceful, especially in the slow second half
-Super smooth with very comfortable restraints
-Bonus: Features an on-ride soundtrack

If you can, I'd definitely try to ride both. If you're forced to choose one, I'd probably say this: If you're able to buy a ride pass and spend 2-3 hours at the Adventuredome, I'd opt for that as El Loco is worth multiple rides and you've also got Canyon Blaster and a half-dozen other attractions there. If you're just going to ride the coaster once, I'd choose Desperado since you get more ride for your $10.

January 21, 2016, 12:24 PM

@AJ Hummel
Wait El Loco had on-ride audio? I've never heard it before.

January 21, 2016, 12:54 PM

Yes, El Loco has a soundtrack. It isn't anything special (mainly a safety recording and a backing track), but it does add to the ride. It's also worth riding more than once since each of the six cars has its own soundtrack.

January 21, 2016, 1:21 PM

@AJ Hummel
I got no safety announcement, not even the ride ops did one, no music, it was a silent ride in a silent park because no one was there.

January 21, 2016, 2:19 PM

That's strange, Jaiden. It must have been disabled for some reason when you visited. I haven't ridden the ride since opening year, so I'm not sure what shape it is currently in. If you watch a YouTube video of the ride, you can usually hear it in the background.

Edited: January 22, 2016, 11:56 AM

Agree with AJ. But personally, I liked Desperado better than El loco. Desperado was faster and had more of a thrill factor to it. And, Buffalo Bills, doesn't just have Desperado, as they also have a few more rides too. Just not as many rides as Adventuredome. So if you don't wanna drive out to Buffalo Bills and rather just ride a coaster on the strip, than I would definitely reccomend El loco. The only thing I didn't like about El Loco is that it was so short. It was literally under a minute, whereas Despeardo is like 3 minutes. However, if your willing to make the around 40 min drive to Buffalo Bills, than I would most certainly reccomend Desperado as its more thrilling and it's a much longer coaster.

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