Ever since Las Vegas erected its first casino in 1931, Sin City never stopped booming and it continues to remain one of the most entertaining tourist destinations in the world.
Now, tourists will get to enjoy the city like never before as Las Vegas confirms development of an all-new 11-story mega zip line that will shoot tourists from an enormous slot-machine across downtown's Fremont Street promenade.The amazing Fremont Street thrill ride wll be appropriately dubbed "SlotZilla."
On the new attraction, Mayor Carolyn Goodman calls SlotZilla a new ride destined to become an iconic city landmark. During the project unveiling, Goodman boasted, "This is going to be known around the world: Come ride our Slotzilla."
Construction of the new ride will commence in January and sources familiar with the project say SlotZilla will cost $11 million to build. When SlotZilla is finally ready for public release around June next year, the attraction will likely charge tourists between $20 and $30 to ride.
Here are some specs: SlotZilla wil be designed to launch a total of 4 riders at a time from the top of a slot machine structure, nearly 11-stories off the ground. Riders will accelerate to speeds exceeding 30 miles an hour before landing near the Four Queens Casino, 800 feet away. Riders will have an option between stopping half way or continuing to the end of a 1,700 feet course, which brings the tourists to the Golden Gate Casino. Riders will also have the option of flowing in the horizontal "Superman" position rather than the standard zip line. What's more, a "power launch" system is also available to alter the rate of acceleration of the ride.
According to the marketing director of the Fremont Street Experience Thomas Bruney, "If you're going to do something here, you have to do it bigger and better than anywhere else."
The Vegas zip line actually comes with a playful back story. Initially, a novelty zip line called the "Fremont Street Flightlinez" was supposed to be built as a 30-day novelty intended to please the crowd. However, the response from the crowd was so positive that the ride stayed upon for two years escorting families, newlyweds, and even Elvis impersonators.
The next SlotZilla thrill ride will stand to be twice as tall.
For now, check out this awesome video of the Fremont Street Flightlinez. Let us know if you're excited to ride this!