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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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“The Walking Dead” Badass Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) Rides SlotZilla Zip Line in Las Vegas

Just about the only thing this blog loves as much as Las Vegas is “The Walking Dead,” so we definitely had a moment when we learned Norman Reedus, known to zombie fans around the world as Daryl Dixon, visited downtown and rode on the SlotZilla zip line on Jan. 22, 2015.

Daryl Dixon SlotZilla Las Vegas

How Daryl got his crossbow into that accessory bag, we’ll never know. Thanks to an anonymous fellow fan for these great pics.

Reedus opted for SlotZilla’s upper “Zoomline,” where riders travel the length of the Fremont Street Experience laying face down, superhero-style. Which is apt given Daryl has certainly achieved superhero status on AMC’s smash hit, “The Walking Dead.”

Season Five of “Walking Dead” premieres Feb. 8, 2015, so you know where we’ll be. Here’s a teaser.

A short time before Norman Reedus zoomed, he posted a photo on Instagram with an Elvis impersonator outside the SlotZilla ticket office on Fremont Street. The “Walking Dead” star also posted a photo of the slot machine inspired by the popular show.

Full disclosure: We work for Fremont Street Experience, which operates SlotZilla. Our opinions are our own, however, especially the ones involving our borderline creepy fanaticism for all things “Walking Dead.”

Norman Reedus Las Vegas

In 1997, Norman Reedus appeared in a movie called, “Floating.” Ah, the circularity of the universe.

From what we can sleuth, Norman Reedus is in Las Vegas shooting a film called “Sky,” possibly with Lena Dunham and Diane Kruger. Read more.

Not surprisingly, we spend a lot of time downtown and on Fremont Street (and did before we ever started working there), so we were crushed to have missed bumping into Reedus in person. From people we’ve talked to, he’s down-to-Earth, unassuming, soft-spoken and patient with fans asking for photos and autographs.

You truly never know who you might encounter in Las Vegas. And if you’re really lucky, you might even get to meet the only guy we’re confident will never be killed off on “The Walking Dead.”

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SlotZilla Zip Line’s “Zoomline” Opens at Last at Fremont Street Experience

The long-awaited upper line, or “Zoomline,” of the SlotZilla zip line officially opened at noon on August 31, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.

The ride’s lower lines, dubbed the “Ziplines,” at 77 feet up, have been open for some time. The Zoomline is 114 feet up, and Zoomline riders depart the SlotZilla tower prone, or “Superman-style.”

SlotZilla zip line

This should help keep track of what’s what.

Zipline riders land halfway down the Fremont Street Experience, between Four Queens and the Fremont casino.

Zoomline passengers soar the entire length of Fremont Street Experience, or about five football fields, landing near the Golden Gate casino.

SlotZilla Zoomline

This is as close as you’re going to get to flying without stapling wings to your lats.

We’ve been writing about the progress of SlotZilla since it was originally announced in November, 2012. Now, our day job is at Fremont Street Experience, so we’ve had a rare opportunity to see the evolution of this new downtown attraction up-close.

See all our fairly obsessive SlotZilla coverage here, or visit the official SlotZilla zip line site.

SlotZilla Zoomline

A behind-the-scenes look at the Zoomline take-off area.

One of the more fascinating (translation: terrifying) things about the SlotZilla Zoomline is the aforementioned “114 feet up.”

It doesn’t sound all that daunting until you realize the Fremont Street Experience’s Viva Vision video screen is 90 feet up. You actually take off above the canopy and then fly under it.

SlotZilla

Estimated to have 81% more OMFG than your typical zip line.

The people who’ve already tried it say the view from the Zoomline is mesmerizing, and not unlike flying dreams. We haven’t ridden yet, so we’ll take their word for it.

Here’s how the take-off looks from the Zoomline launch platform.

How much does SlotZilla cost? The cost of SlotZilla’s upper Zoomline is $45. The lower line (the “Zipline”) costs $25. It’s $40 Zoomline and $20 Zipline before 6:00 p.m.

SlotZilla cost $17 million to build.

What are the weight limits for SlotZilla? If you’re looking for the zip line Las Vegas weight limit, it’s 100-300 pounds for the upper Zoomline (60-300 for the lower Zipline).

Zoomline tickets are available online, but can also be purchased at the SlotZilla box office near the base of the SlotZilla tower. If you see someone with a large camera skulking around, that’s probably us, so say “hello.”

SlotZilla zip line

What is the matter with people?

With the opening of the Zoomline, thrill seekers have a new reason to visit downtown, otherwise known as this Las Vegas blog’s home away from home. (Oh, who are we kidding? We like downtown more than our actual home. Hint: Go-go dealers.)

Learn more about one of the new things to do in Las Vegas.

Let us know what you think of the new SlotZilla Zoomline and we might even be convinced to give it a try despite having a serious, serious thing about heights.

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SlotZilla Zoomline Tests Are in Full Swing and We’re Feeling a Little Woozy

The SlotZilla zip line in downtown Las Vegas is testing its upper Zoomline, and if you’ll pardon the technical jargon, holy hell, it’s really, really high.

Currently, SlotZilla’s lower lines (77 feet up) are open, with the upper (144 feet up) Zoomline expected to open sometime this summer.

SlotZilla Zoomline

Zoomline riders take off higher than the Fremont Street Experience’s massive Viva Vision screen, which is 90 feet tall. Mommy, please hold us.

Since this blog’s day job is in the Fremont Street Experience marketing department, we get to bring you an exclusive peek all the latest SlotZilla zip line developments. At least we think we get to. If not, we’ll just file this blog post under security breaches.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the OMFG to come.

The latest round of tests involved sending test dummies of varying weights down the lines.

SlotZilla Zoomline

What is the matter with people?

While SlotZilla’s lower lines land halfway down the Fremont Street Experience (by Four Queens and the Fremont casino), people riding the Zoomline will be taken all the way down the mall, double the distance of the current ride (near Golden Gate and the Las Vegas Club).

SlotZilla Zoomline

The newest Vegas thrill ride lands in front of the city’s oldest hotel. We’re having a moment.

Zoomline riders will travel at speeds up to 30 miles an hour, depending upon their weight.

When the Zoomline opens, tickets are expected to cost $30. Rides on the lower lines are $20. Tickets can be purchased online or at the SlotZilla ticket office at the foot of the new downtown attraction.

SlotZilla Zoomline

Riders are hoisted up to the lines on lifts. The lifts are padded and comfy. Riders can’t see the view of the Fremont Street Experience canopy until a door lowers, partially for safety, but a lot for drama.

As our photos of the test dummies show, riders will take their trip prone, Superman-style, which will make an already intense ride even more extreme.

Las Vegas zip line

Are your palms sweaty? Our palms are sweaty. Although, that could be a gland issue.

Learn more about one of the new things to do in Las Vegas.

Check out more photos of the SlotZilla Las Vegas zip line Zoomline in our exclusive gallery. More news to come.

 

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Las Vegas Zip Line Takes Visitors to New Heights: VooDoo Zip Line Opens at Rio

Las Vegas visitors have a brand new way to get their adrenaline flowing. The long-awaited VooDoo Zip Line has opened at Rio Las Vegas.

Las Vegas zip line

What in the hell is wrong with people?

The VooDoo Zip Line may not be the kind of zip line you’d expect. For example, there’s no harness, as with a typical zip line. It’s more akin to a a ski lift chair that travels down, and back up, a line. Passengers sit side-by-side, two at a time.

Riders buzz down the line from the 41st floor of the hotel’s Masquerade Tower to another hotel tower, the 20-story Ipanema Tower. (Worth noting: The Rio’s publicity material says its Masquerade Tower is 51 stories tall, but that’s untrue. The hotel skips floor numbers in the 40s to avoid spooking superstitious Asian gamblers. So, 51 is really 41. Even bigtime newspapers get this wrong, all the time.)

VooDoo Las Vegas zip line

This is why they invented the word “eek.”

Trust us, 41 floors is harrowing enough!

Here’s a look at this stomach-churning new Las Vegas attraction.

As promised, the VooDoo Zip Line is an exhilarating experience. We know this because we asked people who rode it, and they seemed exhilarated.

For the record, no, we didn’t ride. We are a Las Vegas blog, not a Knievel.

Las Vegas zip line

Yes, we stayed for some night photos. The sacrifices we make for you.

The folks at VooDoo Zip Line have clearly thought through the ticket-buying, check-in and ride process, making it seamless and apparently kink-free, even though it’s been open just a few days.

Tickets are $27.49 during the day (before 5:30 p.m.) and $42.50 at night.

Here’s how it all works: Riders can get tickets online (at Ticketmaster) or in person at the new VooDoo Zip Line ticket office on the second floor of the Rio.

VooDoo zip line

The ticket office entrance, right next to the door that takes you to the elevator that takes you to the excellent VooDoo Steak restaurant. There will be a quiz.

While in line, you sign a release with lots of words you probably won’t take the time to read.

Release

You know you’re just going to skim this. Embrace your short attention span!

Do, however, read the signs on the walls in the ticket office. There, you’ll learn you can’t be pregnant on the ride. There’s no age limit, but you must be at least four feet tall to ride. You have to be 21 or older to ride after 8:30 p.m.

You also can’t be intoxicated or hopped up on drugs.

VooDoo zip line

Relax, medical marijuana opponents. They mean “tall.”

The combined weight of the two riders can’t be more than 450, and an individual rider can’t weigh more than 300 pounds.

Oh, and you have to have both your feet and arms. Seriously. It’s a rule.

One you have your tickets, you visit a check-in kiosk, just outside the ticket office.

VooDoo zip line

The check-in kiosk thingy. We should probably ask before taking pictures of people.

If there’s a line, you can opt to provide your phone number, and you’ll get a text when it’s your turn to ride. We love this convenience, as it frees one up to roam, dine, gamble, whatever.

Once you’re ready to go, getting up to the ride is part of the fun at Rio Las Vegas, thanks to glass elevators. The top of the Rio has one of the most stunning views in Las Vegas, so enjoy.

VooDoo Las Vegas zip line

What, you thought we were kidding about the stunning thing?

The ride lasts a minute and 10 seconds. So, roughly the same amount of time it takes to have sex with this blog.

Riders are held in their chair by what appears to be a simple seat belt. No shoulder straps. No restraint bar. Let the “Aieee!” begin!

Las Vegas zip line

The ride hits speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, so bring some lip balm.

The ride, we’re told, is silky smooth, all the way down and back up again. There’s a pause for a few seconds before you head back up, just so you can catch your breath.

Once you’ve finished your ride, you have to option of purchasing photos, of course. They’re taken either by a person or a camera affixed to the launch platform. The price of a 5×7 is nearly as heart-stopping as the ride: $30. But, hey, you can’t put a price on YOLO. Additional copies cost less, by the way.

Las Vegas zip line

Yeah, you’re definitely up there.

Make sure to hang out on the VooDoo Lounge level of the Rio after your ride and drink in the view of The Strip. We’re saying that because the ride itself doesn’t necessarily afford an ideal view of The Strip.

As you can see from the diagram below, the ride sends you in pretty much the opposite direction of The Strip (and when you’re heading in the direction of The Strip, you’re going backwards), so you’d have to turn almost completely around to get a glimpse of even the north tip of The Strip. Doesn’t matter too much, though. Thrillseekers are going to love the rush, regardless.

Las Vegas zip line

If your ride takes you toward 12:00, The Strip is at about 5:00.

So, if you’re one of the aforementioned thrillseekers, you now have two Las Vegas zip lines to conquer. The VooDoo Zip line, just off The Strip, and the Slotzilla zip line, at Fremont Street Experience, downtown. (This blog’s day job, by the way. Our opinions are our own, of course.) Each zip line provides a different experience, so try both and let us know what you think.

Find out more at the VooDoo Zip Line official site.

In the meantime, luxuriate in our exclusive VooDoo Zip Line photo gallery.

VooDoo Zip Line at Rio Las Vegas

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SlotZilla Las Vegas Zip Line Opens at Downtown’s Fremont Street Experience

The SlotZilla zip line in downtown Las Vegas has officially opened. The new attraction opened at noon on April 27, 2014.

Las Vegas zip line

Four riders depart at once. Lighter riders arrive at the landing platform arrive last. It’s a gravity thing.

The new attraction has two take-off levels, but only the lower level is operating at the moment. The upper level (called a “Zoomline”) is expected to open in a few weeks. (Update: SlotZilla’s upper Zoomline is also open.)

Riders on the lower lines travel seated, while riders on the upper lines will fly prone, or superhero-style.

zip line las vegas

Zoomline riders will emerge from an opening just under SlotZilla’s simulated reels.

Rides on this new Las Vegas zip line cost $25 for the lower Zipline, $5 for the upper Zoomline. (Updated 2/14/17). Tickets can currently be purchased at the SlotZilla ticket office (at the base of the SlotZilla tower) or online.

SlotZilla operates 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Las Vegas zipline

The view from the landing platform, halfway down the Fremont Street Experience canopy. Riders end up between the Fremont and Four Queens casinos.

While there’s no age limit for riders, their weight must be between 50 and 300 pounds for the lower Zipline, with a maximum height limit of six-foot-eight-inches. The zip line Las Vegas weight limit for the upper Zoomline is 80 pounds to 300 pounds.)

Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by a riding adult.

SlotZilla

We hate when kids are braver than we are. Upstarts.

SlotZilla’s first day of full operation was sold out, so that bodes well for the success of the new zipline. SlotZilla is expected to operate seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Las Vegas zipline

Riders on the SlotZilla zip line take off 77 feet up. The upper lines will be 114 feet up.

The SlotZilla project began in November of 2012. See photos of SlotZilla’s construction.

SlotZilla zip line

The bags hold personal items like glasses, phone and purses.

If you have any other questions about Sin City’s newest thrill ride, just post them in the comments and we’ll get you an answer, because we are a Las Vegas blog and therefore know everything. And that’s the story we’re sticking to.

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