Big Shot (ride) facts for kids
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|Attraction type||Space Shot|
|Height||160 ft (49 m)|
|Speed||45 mph (72 km/h)|
Big Shot is a pneumatically powered tower ride. It was at one time the world's highest amusement ride in terms of overall elevation above ground level. The 160 feet (49 m) tower is built atop the 921 feet (281 m) high deck of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, Nevada. The world's highest amusement ride in terms of overall elevation above ground level is currently the Sky Drop built atop the 1,492 feet (455 m) high deck of the Canton Tower in Guangzhou. The new Sky Drop reaches a height of 1,591 feet (485 m) above ground level, 510 feet (160 m) higher than Big Shot.
The ride opened on April 29, 1996, in a special VIP gala opening, one day before the ride and casino opened to the general public. Big Shot was one of the first two amusement rides to open on the Stratosphere tower at the casino opening (the other being High Roller). Even initially, Stratosphere guests exhibited considerably greater excitement over the Big Shot gravity drop tower than they did over High Roller.
Big Shot (Formerly called Space Shot) is a pneumatically powered tower ride, featuring a rapid ascent from an elevation of 921 ft (281 m) to 1,081 ft (329 m). The ride accelerates to 45 miles per hour (72 km/h). The ride up generates 4Gs during the rapid ascent.
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