World's tallest roller coaster planned to be built on I-Drive



ORLANDO, Fla. - The world's tallest roller coaster is being planned for International Drive in Orlando, WFTV learned Thursday.

Developers laid out details about the project that would be located at the corner of I-Drive and Sand Lake Road.

The 570-foot-high coaster will be part of large entertainment complex called Skyplex on a 12-acre plot behind some fast food restaurants and close to hotels.

By 2016, the "Skyscraper" may be up and running and could go up to 65 mph over the course of three minutes.

The owners of Mango's Tropical Café made the announcement Thursday.

The cafe started in South Beach Miami and will be coming to Orlando across from the roller coaster. 

The $200 million Skyplex project will consist of restaurants and shops and will be indoors.

"If it's raining or windy or nasty or hot, they can enjoy being inside Skyplex in a climate-controlled environment," said developer Joshua Wallack.

The roller coaster's designers want to keep some details to themselves but said they plan to break multiple world records with it.

"It's a very long, very exciting three minutes coming down with loops and inversions and direction changes. It's not a free-fall ride. It's a full roller coaster. It's a super coaster," said Michael Kitchen of U.S. Thrill Rides.

Developers said plans for a pedestrian bridge are still in the works with state and county officials to make sure people who might be walking around the area would be safe. They plan to break ground next year.