Sahara shuts down roller coaster ahead of May 16 closure

The Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas on Friday, March 11, 2011, the same day the property made the announcement it would be closing.

Sahara Announces Closure

The Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas on Friday, March 11, 2011, the same day the property made the announcement it would be closing. Launch slideshow »

The Sahara hotel-casino has shut down its roller coaster in preparation for its closure in less than two weeks.

The roller coaster closed Sunday, a representative from the hotel said. The ride first opened in 1999 when the Sahara renovated and opened its NASCAR Café.

The Sahara will close on May 16 after nearly six decades. The hotel’s current owner, SBE Entertainment Group, which is run by Sam Nazarian, announced the closure on March 11, stating “the continued operation of the aging Sahara was no longer economically viable.”

Milton Prell opened the hotel-casino in 1952.

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  1. Speed, The Ride is/was a GREAT coaster. The people who are planning on building the theme park across from Mandalay Bay should scoff this ride up for inclusion in their park. This ride takes up less space than a conventional roller coaster and would make a terrific addition and selling point for their planned park.

  2. We rode the coaster a couple of times last Thursday with the free all day pass we received with our $40 superior room at the Sahara. A pretty good ride. Accelleration is incredible. It certainly isn't a very long ride, less than a minute I think. The backwards through the loop and near stop at the top of the loop (when going backwards) is amazing. Glad we took the ride before it shut down.

  3. Such an icon of a property in it's day.

  4. Another sham of Las Vegas history. These "big wigs" never learn from mistakes people make around them. Just like Boyd with my favorite *STARDUST*.....They should have just left it there and collected money with it. Now look what they have...What a joke!
    Same situation with the Sahara....RIP