|Zoom and Zip with SlotZilla, a first-of-its kind zipline attraction opening at Fremont Street Experience in 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)|
Fremont Street Experience is planning a new permanent zip line attraction, SlotZilla, an $11 million attraction that will be built in downtown Las Vegas with an 11-story slot-machine-themed takeoff platform located near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. Construction on SlotZilla is expected to begin immediately after New Year's with the attraction scheduled to open in June 2013.
"We wanted to take a ride typically found in the jungle, give it amusement park features and qualities, and build it in the middle of downtown," said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience.
SlotZilla will be a two-level thrill ride. Riders on the upper Zoomline will take off over 100 feet above ground and riders, lying flat in a harness, will be launched at a speed that will fly them 1,700 feet through and under the feet to a mid-point landing platform.
SlotZilla, features a first-of-its kind propulsion launch system which propels the rider from the platform at speeds of 35 mph, as well as a proprietary braking system, giving riders a smooth landing to the ride.
"The launched zip line will provide an incredible experience for riders and is a first for the zip line industry," said Danny Boren, president of Skyline. "Additionally, this attraction will have increased guest capacity as a result of the integrated ride controls and automated safety features, which are exciting new developments for the zip line industry."
The ride will have two landing platforms. Zip line riders will land on a platform near the intersection at 3(rd) Street and Casino Center. Zoomline riders will land on a platform located on top of a new Main Street Stage.
The current temporary zip line Flightlinez is closed for a short time during the building process. This will enable Flightlinez to move the current temporary platforms so that the ride can remain open during construction of the permanent SlotZilla structure.
Ticket sales are projected to be $20 for the Zipline, $30 for the Zoomline or $40 for both. For those who want to avoid the lines and book a time window for their ride, advanced ticket sales and reservations will be made available at www.vegasexperience.com.