Las Vegas Zip Line 'SlotZilla' Plans To Lure Tourists Downtown [VIDEO]
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | November 29, 2012 5:23 AM EST
Downtown Las Vegas hasn’t been a lure for tourists in recent years, but that may all change soon with the addition of SlotZila -- an 80-foot zip line that shoots over Fremont St. at 35 mph.
Tourists are mostly concentrated in the glitzy Las Vegas Strip, but the zip line that's being built in downtown Las Vegas is vying to compete for the thrill-seeking crowd's attention.
The Las Vegas zip line is being constructed by Greenheart Conservation Co. and will give tourists a view of the lights of Sin City as they ride down the zip line, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A temporary rig was installed earlier this month, and if the experiment goes well, a more permanent structure will be built, the Times reported. The permanent zip line would stretch along the five blocks of Freemont Street plaza, doubling the length of the current setup.
The temporary rig launches participants from a 67-foot metal scaffolding tower.
“Right now, expanding is a fun idea,” Jeff Victor, president of the Fremont Street Experience, told the Las Vegas Sun. “There’s a goal in mind, and we’ll see if we can get there. We don’t have a gun to our heads, but we’d like to have at least a portion of it up and running by spring.”
The attraction, known as Flightlinez Las Vegas, explains what it has to offer thusly:
“During the experience you will be dropping approximately 50 ft. and reaching top speeds of around 35 mph. As you fly into the landing area, guests are greeted by two trained instructors. The instructors will assist in getting the guest off their trolley. Guests will then be escorted off where they will complete the Las Vegas Flightlines Experience,” the attraction’s Vimeo account states.
The experience is currently running seven days a week, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The business hours may vary due to “seasonal foot traffic,” according to Flightlinez Las Vegas.
It’s unclear how much the price will change if the zip line becomes permanent, but Victor told the Sun that he wants to keep the cost low. Currently, it costs $15 to experience the zip line before 6 p.m. and $20 after 6 p.m., the paper reported.
Plans for the permanent zip line, dubbed SlotZilla, include shooting participants out of the opening of an 11-story slot machine, the Associated Press reported.
"This is going to be known around the world: Come ride our Slotzilla," said Las Vegas Mayor and cheerleader for the project Carolyn Goodman.
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