SlotZilla Zip Line Flies Past 500,000 Riders

With little fanfare, downtown’s SlotZilla zipline recently surpassed half-a-million riders.

The number of riders is actually more than 540,000, but when has this blog ever been bogged down by “facts” or “accurate information”?

During the build-up to the long-awaited and much-delayed opening of SlotZilla, we covered the
progress of the project closely on this blog. Then, we got a day job marketing Fremont Street
Experience and SlotZilla, so we thought it was weird writing about it. Now that SlotZilla has blown by 500,000 riders, you bet your ass we’re doing a story.

SlotZilla

Roughly 540,000 riders, divided by four lines on top, four on the bottom. Oh, screw it. We are a blog, not an abacus.

In case you haven’t heard of it, in which case we suck and should probably be fired immediately, the SlotZilla zipline is a downtown attraction that looks like a giant slot machine.

Riders have the option of two lines, a lower “Zipline” and an upper “Zoomline.”

SlotZilla

We did this with Photoshop because we don’t have time to sit around for hours waiting for both levels to have riders. We have lots of appointments with bartenders and craps dealers.

On the Zipline (77 feet up), riders go in the seated position, while on the Zoomline (114 feet
up) they take flight like a superhero, prone.

The Zipline ($20) goes halfway down the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian plaza to a landing platform between Four Queens and the Fremont casino.

SlotZilla Zipline

The SlotZilla Zipline is the largest provider of wedgies in the contiguous United States.

The Zoomline ($40, pictured below) goes all the way to the west end of Fremont Street Experience, between Golden Gate and the now-closed Las Vegas Club.

SlotZilla Zoomline

In the desert, you don’t get bugs in your teeth! They should put this on their billboards.

SlotZilla sort of has two opening dates, one for each line level.

The lower Zipline opened at noon on April 27, 2014.

The upper Zoomline opened at noon on Aug. 31, 2014.

SlotZilla cost about $17 million to build. Construction began in November 2012.

SlotZilla test dummy

Trivia: Some of the earliest SlotZilla riders were Imperial Stormtroopers.

It’s been fascinating to watch the completion, opening and growing success of the SlotZilla zipline from inside the company. The more we learn about the engineering and technology involved, the more we’re astonished it ever got built in the first place.

Here’s a look at the view from the SlotZilla Zoomline.

Reactions to the SlotZilla structure itself remain mixed. Some say it’s cheesy (mainly because
they mistakenly believe cheesy is a bad thing) and creates a physical separation between Fremont East and Fremont Street Experience. Others think it makes a larger-than-life photo op, one befitting the spirit of Las Vegas.

SlotZilla after rain

Oh, just the world’s largest slot machine, glistening in the afterglow of being ridden by 500,000 people.

Most seem to acknowledge SlotZilla has brought a new energy downtown, not to mention a wave of younger visitors, which has had a positive ripple effect for downtown businesses and the casinos.

Learn more on the official SlotZilla Web site.

SlotZilla

We repeat, this is the lower line.

For those who work at Fremont Street Experience, it’s a source of pride that through the
company’s SlotZilla Charity Challenge series, more than $125,000 has been given to Las Vegas
nonprofits. More fundraising events are planned for 2016.

We would typically congratulate SlotZilla on its 500,000 rider milestone, but given that we take
all the credit for its success, that would be slightly awkward.

Instead, we’ll just say thanks to everyone who’s helped make SlotZilla a reality. They’ve given
hundreds of thousands of downtown visitors a one-of-a-kind rush and an experience they’re guaranteed to never forget.

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  • Bouldersteve

    When Slotzilla opened I had my doubts. But the numbers dont lie. Congrats to all those who manage and promote FSE. That includes you Scott..CHEERS!

    • Thanks! There were a lot of doubts, especially as the costs began to rise, but it’s hitting its stride.

  • Macallie Atkinson

    Scott, any idea how many riders the High Roller attracts?

    If I were the High Roller I would be jealous A F.

    • It’s a lot, although only about half the projected number. The average daily ridership of the High Roller is about 5,000, but up to 11,000 was projected. Still a good deal more than than SlotZilla gets.

  • Kram Sacul

    Still baffling why they didn’t add the ability to actually play Slotzilla. Then it could really be the world’s largest slot machine instead of just a decorated platform.

  • NHBill603

    If anything can be a blight upon the land in fabulously garish Las Vegas it’s this monstrosity.
    Obstructing the view up and down Fremont Street is a crime.
    The cheap thrill and meager financial gain is not worth the cultural impact of essentially walling off the FSE from East Fremont.
    A curse on all involved who allowed this to happen.

    • Yep, FSE has gotten that feedback quite a bit. The financial gain is anything but meager, however. It’s a major influx of revenue and younger visitors. A view is a great thing, although it’s just one factor in the decision-making, obviously. SlotZilla and FSE bring a huge number of people downtown, and Fremont East benefits a lot, so the loss of a view would seem a small price to pay. One guy’s opinion.

  • Bill B

    I agree with NHBill603 re “this monstrosity”.
    At the Main Street end, the whole of Fremont is blocked off & causes mayhem outside the GG.
    Plus the side facing Main street has to be the ugliest edifice in the whole of Vegas.
    How this was ever allowed is baffling

    • Yeah, there’s been some of that feedback. Not sure what mayhem you mean at Golden Gate. Having a stage down there brings business down to that end of FSE. Agree the view from Plaza isn’t the same, but on the pro/con list, it’s been a benefit, even to Plaza, even though it contributed nothing to the effort, nor does it contribute to FSE. FSE is working on making the Plaza side of the landing platform less ugly, btw. Exclusive! “)

      • Bill B

        Hi Scott, good news that the giant concrete slab is going to be “less ugly” but it should never have been allowed to look like that to start with. A simple & cheap mural would have helped.
        There is mayhem, that’s the reason the GG closed off it’s main entrance.
        The Main street end was never thought out correctly.

        • Valid point that some art would’ve helped, but low on the list of priorities given the cost and complexity of the project. All things in good time! As for the mayhem, that’s not the reason that entrance was closed off, I don’t believe. The stage and entertainment were drawing people out of the casino because of the sight lines.

  • Rebecca Kennedy

    Great article! I love the pics you included. It is cool to see the Fremont Street Experience from that point of view. I love it! The zipline adds to all the excitement there. I can not even imagine it without it.