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This Insanely Cool Mountain Roller Coaster Is Officially Open In New York

By Claire Leaden

Cliffside Coaster NYC

Ready for a fantastic thrill ride?

The longest mountain roller coaster in the USA is now open in Lake Placid in Upstate New York, and we’re pretty keen to go and try it out once travelling is back on the menu. [Featured image: Mtvanhoevenberg.com]

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Called the “Cliffside Coaster,” the brand-new ride is located on Mt. Van Hoevenberg, a cross country ski, snowshoe, biathlon & mountain biking center in Lake Placid with 50km of terrain. The coaster was created for not only tons of fun, but also to learn about the rich Olympic history of the Lake Placid area for bobsledding. The coaster follows the alignment of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic bobsled track in the same place.

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As you ride all the way to the tippy top you’ll learn all about the area’s Olympic history, as you take in the incredible views of the Adirondacks and the beautiful fall foliage. Then, once you’re at the top, you have complete control for the rest of the ride (and its speed) so you can race your family and friends all the way to the bottom, which is right alongside the iconic bobsled track! The entire ride is a whopping 7,000 feet long.

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Mike Pratt, President and CEO of New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority, said: “The Cliffside Coaster is a one-of-a-kind attraction at the newly transformed Mt. Van Hoevenberg. We are incredibly excited to give our guests this exhilarating experience. […] The views are amazing, and the curves get your heart pounding. Everyone will feel like they deserve a medal.”

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The coaster officially opened up this past weekend, and is open Saturdays & Sundays from 11am to 4pm. It is a bit of a trek from London, given that you’ll need to hop a plane to NYC and then take 4.5 hour car ride up to the rollercoaster, but since you’re going all that way, you can definitely make a whole weekend out of it!

Speaking of theme parks, London’s Disneyland-style amusement park is moving forward, and new images have just been released.