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Las Vegas Zipline, SlotZilla, Gets Three Vital New Parts

We’re happy to report the assembly of downtown’s new zipline attraction, SlotZilla, is moving along at breakneck speed.

Recently, the 108-foot tall thrill ride has gotten three new parts, all critical to making SlotZilla the world’s largest slot machine.

We would kiss you if you weren't a giant piece of metal.

We would kiss you if you weren’t a giant piece of metal.

First, the coinage.

What self-respecting vintage Las Vegas slot machine pays paper, after all?

These coins are non-denominational.

Non-denominational. But since they’re gold, we figure they’re worth a fortune.

Next, the arm. Ever hear of the term “one-armed bandit”? This is where that came from.

As riders emerge from the two levels of SlotZilla (the lower, a zipline, the upper, a “zoomline”), the animated arm will move, just like the real thing.

We're going to need bigger hands.

We’re going to need bigger hands.

Finally, SlotZilla has gotten an over-sized sign on its ample frontage. Trust us, Sin City knows a little something about ample frontage.

We weren’t sure what to make of the name SlotZilla initially, but as time has gone by, we’ve become enamored of it. Or with it. Don’t force us to make grammatical decisions when we’re drunk, thanks.

We're this close to renaming our blog "BlogZilla."

We’re this close to renaming our blog “BlogZilla.”

We’re predicting a mid-December opening for SlotZilla, but the Fremont Street Experience is being careful not to announce a specific time frame.

See all our previous posts about the SlotZilla zipline ride in downtown Las Vegas.

One thing we know for sure is SlotZilla is already becoming a major tourist attraction downtown. During our visit, we saw dozens of Las Vegas visitors gawking and taking photos of SlotZilla. So, even if you have a thing about heights (like we do), you’ll want to stop by for a photo.

It doesn’t take a psychic to know SlotZilla is going to be huge.

SlotZilla Zipline Nears Completion in Downtown Las Vegas

SlotZilla, the new Las Vegas zipline downtown, is just about ready for its grand debut, and we’ve got a ton of photos to prove it.

You so pretty.

You so pretty.

Beyond its most excellent zipline qualities, SlotZilla will also be the world’s largest slot machine. Because that’s how Vegas rolls, thanks.

SlotZilla's backside, facing east.

SlotZilla’s backside, facing east.

Since our last visit, the SlotZilla zipline has acquired a lot of new bling, including a flamingo and martini glass.

The martini glass was no doubt inspired by the restored neon sign displayed on Fremont Street East, not too far away.

SlotZilla’s martini glass was inspired by an iconic neon sign on Fremont Street East. Either that, or former Mayor Oscar Goodman had a hand in designing SlotZilla, which is entirely possible.

Also newly-installed are some larger-than-life dice (see below).

The only we’d have liked better than a giant slot machine would’ve been a giant craps table, but “CrapsZilla” would not only have been awkward, but also more difficult to market, especially in places like Flushing, New York. (We’ll be here all week.)

More dice on the way, too.

Dice trivia: Craps players call 11 “yo,” because 11 sounds too much like that other number we can’t say because as a Las Vegas blog, we are required to be very superstitious.

SlotZilla is getting hundreds of bulbs, many of which can be seen at the construction site, located near Neonopolis.

Building a new Las Vegas attraction takes a lot of balls.

Building a new Las Vegas attraction takes a lot of balls.

Here’s where the bulbs end up.

Once this baby goes live, it's going to be an eye-popper.

Once this baby goes live, it’s going to be an eye-popper.

A giant video screen has already been installed, and we can only imagine the size of its remote control.

This video screen will no doubt be visible along the length of the Fremont Street Experience.

This video screen will no doubt be visible along the length of the Fremont Street Experience.

Three smaller video screens, up above, will be SlotZilla’s “reels.”

Expect three 7s to come up a lot.

This slot machine is the only one in Vegas that will be rigged.

SlotZilla is also getting a giant palm tree, and its various parts are strewn about the construction staging area awaiting installation.

A palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph and peace. Although in this case, it's a symbol of flying through the air, 200 feet up.

A palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph and peace. Although in this case, it’s a symbol of flying through the air, 100 feet up.

Now that SlotZilla is taking shape, including its striking red color, we can get a much better sense of how the two zipline levels will work. Riders will emerge from SlotZilla at 70 feet or 100 feet up. The upper level is being called a “Zoomline,” and riders will be laying flat. Those riders will travel 1,700 feet under the Fremont Street Experience canopy.

The lower level, 70 feet up, is pictured below. Those riders will land on a platform about halfway down the Fremont Street Experience. Check out the two landing platforms here.

The lower of the two launch openings, complete with showgirls.

The lower of the two launch levels, complete with showgirls.

We’re so happy to see SlotZilla has both its showgirls, and also to see they have their hands! Go here to see what we mean.

SlotZilla’s showgirls were inspired by two real-life models, specifically the models dressed as showgirls who accompanied former Mayor Oscar Goodman on his many public appearances.

This figure is based upon showgirl Jennifer Johnson. Her counterpart is Porsha Revesz.

This figure is based upon showgirl Jennifer Johnson. Her counterpart is Porsha Revesz.

Here are the real-life versions of SlotZilla’s 35-foot showgirls. Technically, 35-feet, 2 11/16-inch showgirls.

Jennifer on the left, Porsha on the right.

Jennifer on the left, Porsha on the right.

SlotZilla is expected to open in early November, 2013. See all out posts about the SlotZilla zipline.

So, get out your camera and a little cash (rides will cost $20 for the lower zipline, $30 for the “Zoomline”) and get ready for the newest spectacle in Las Vegas, SlotZilla.

SlotZilla Construction

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10 New Things Downtown to Up Your Las Vegas Street Cred

Your friends might be Vegas fanatics, but when it comes to the latest Vegas stuff, you’ve got the edge. Because you’re here. Reading this. Well, not that, in particular, but you know what we mean. Increase your Vegas street cred with some downtown Vegas scoop, because everybody loves a know-it-all.

1. Pizza Rock Gets a Big-Ass Sign

Pizza Rock is the latest addition to Downtown Third, a little district that includes the Downtown Grand (formerly the Lady Luck), Triple George and Mob Bar, among others.

So fresh, it still has wires sticking out.

So fresh, it still has wires sticking out.

Pizza Rock is supposed to be a pretty big deal. The owner and chef, Tony Gemignani, has won some impressive international recognition for his pizzas.

We also breached security and got our first good luck at the interior of Pizza Rock, still in the works.

Want. Pizza. Now.

Want. Pizza. Now.

2. Downtown Grand Lights Up Its Casino Sign

It was awesome when the Downtown Grand’s “Casino” sign went up. It’s even more awesome lit up.

Want. Gambling. Now.

Want. Gambling. Now.

3. Downtown Grand’s Valet Entrance Gets a Thingy

The Downtown Grand’s new valet area is huge, and since our last visit has gotten a sign and a thingy on top.

It's not a tumor. It's not a tumor at all.

It’s not a tumor. It’s not a tumor at all.

4. SlotZilla Gets a “Candle”

SlotZilla is set to be the world’s biggest slot machine (not to mention a new zipline ride), and no slot machine would be complete without a “candle.”  That’s the red light on top.

Zipline riders will shoot out of Slotzilla on two different levels.

Zipline riders will shoot out of Slotzilla on two different levels.

The candle is a light on top of slot machines that tells you what denomination the machine accepts.

A red candle denotes nickels, so SlotZilla is a nickel slot machine. Exclusive! (Hey, we’ll take an exclusive where we can get one.) Yellow means quarters, blue means dollars and gold means half-dollars.

We hired a helicopter to take this photo. And that's the story we're sticking to.

We hired a helicopter to take this photo. And that’s the story we’re sticking to.

Check out all our posts about the SlotZilla zipline attraction at the Fremont Street Experience.

5. Temporary Seating Platform

This one’s new, but not permanent. Spectator stands have been installed in front of the Fremont Street Experience’s Third Street stage.

Creative use of the space.

Creative use of the space.

The stands were put up for a little Muay Thai (some kind of sport) action outside The D, but should also come in handy for a Kid Rock performance on Sep. 28, in honor of The D’s first birthday as The D (formerly Fitzgerald’s). Other performers will include Uncle Kracker (Sep. 26) and Stone Temple Pilots (Sep. 27).

One of the few sports arenas in Las Vegas that has actually been built.

One of the few arenas in Las Vegas that has actually been built.

6. Banger Brewing’s Grain Silo

Banger Brewing is coming to Neonopolis, and it looks like they already have a place for the grain they’ll be using in their beer. This new microbrewery will focus on craft beers, and is expected to open in late October, 2013.

It could just be a decorative flourish, but what fun would that be?

It could just be a decorative flourish, but what fun would that be?

7. Luna Rossa Deal

Luna Rossa Italian restaurant, also at Neonopolis, just started a deal where you can get 20% off your meal with “your machine ticket, bet or casino card.” There’s some small print, of course, but it’s not too burdensome: “Not valid on holidays, not valid on drinks, not valid with happy hour, not valid with any other discount, special menu or coupon.” OK, it’s a little burdensome, but still might be worth checking out.

Save up to $50. Do we watch out for you, or what?

Save up to $50. Do we watch out for you, or what?

8. These Guys

We loved these T-shirts so much, they made our list. If you don’t like it, get your own Las Vegas blog.

With friends like these.

So, tell us how you really feel about your buddy getting married.

9. Beer Garden at The Plaza

The long-awaited outdoor beer garden at The Plaza seems to be picking up steam. Plywood has been removed, and a metal lattice has gone up in its place.

Dude, that is not a good parking job.

Dude, that is not a good parking job.

The hotel hasn’t announced an official opening date. Clearly, there’s isn’t too much garden at the beer garden yet. Hey, things happen a bit more casually downtown. We’ll wait.

This provide may provide a better sense of where the new beer garden will be. Lower right-ish.

This photo may provide a better sense of where the new beer garden will be. Lower right-ish.

10. Rush Lounge Opens at Golden Nugget

It seems like only yesterday we were sharing photos of Rush Lounge at Golden Nugget in the throes of a renovation. Well, those renovations have been wrapped up, and the new lounge is already packing them in.

You've got to love a lounge with live music and card tables. Only in Vegas, baby.

You’ve got to love a lounge with live music, a bar and gaming tables. Why would anyone ever leave?

Awhile back, we shared a photo of a construction wall that seemed to be free-standing, in the middle of the casino. The signs made it look like this area would be part of an expanded Rush Lounge.

A mere month ago. Things move quickly in Las Vegas.

A mere month ago. Things move quickly in Las Vegas.

Now that the construction walls are down, we can see the area in question has been given some design enhancements, like light fixtures, but it remains part of the main casino floor. It’s just outside the Rush Lounge.

Sorry, photos in the casino are strictly forbidden.

Sorry, photos in the casino are strictly forbidden. That’s one of the Rush Lounge entrances to the right.

We’re exhausted, but always excited to see new things downtown. Or anywhere in Vegas, for that matter.

If you see something new, send it our way and as a way of expressing thanks, we’ll tattoo your name on our thigh. (Offer subject to change without notice. Not valid on holidays or with any other discount, special menu or coupon.)

SlotZilla Zipline Ride Downtown Gets Its First Showgirl

Downtown’s new zipline ride, SlotZilla, is making serious headway. How do we know? It finally got a showgirl.

No, she didn't steal bread in a Third World country. She's a work in progress.

No, she didn’t steal bread in a Third World country. She’s a work in progress.

SlotZilla is set to not only become the world’s largest slot machine, it will also be a two-tiered zipline, sending riders under the lighted canopy of Fremont Street Experience.

The top of SlotZilla is starting to take shape.

Fact: SlotZilla will never be shoplifted.

Construction delays have caused the zipline’s operators to push back the opening date (it was originally slated to open in June 2013), so it’s reassuring to see the ride’s main tower getting signage, decorative stars (Googie stars, to be specific, a style of art popular in the 1930s, pictured below) and, now, showgirls!

We could not be bigger fans of Googie stars.

We could not be bigger fans of Googie stars.

The first 35-foot showgirl (technically, 35-foot, 2 11/16-inch showgirl) to be installed is based upon an actual showgirl, Porsha Revesz, who appeared with former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman at public events for about seven years.

Her counterpart, Jennifer Johnson, will also be immortalized with a showgirl on the other size of SlotZilla.

Here are the real-life showgirls as SlotZilla was unveiled.

Jennifer on the left, Porsha on the right.

Jennifer on the left, Porsha on the right.

SlotZilla is an imposing presence downtown. It’s located on the east end of the Fremont Street Experience, between the Heart Attack Grill and Hennessey’s Tavern.

We're already feeling a little woozy.

We’re already feeling a little woozy.

When SlotZilla is finished, riders will have a choice of two levels from which to start their horrifying plummet toward Earth that some people seem to enjoy because it takes all kinds in this world. We realize we’re not in the majority on this one.

Any excuse to say Googie, we're taking it.

Any opportunity to say Googie, and we’re taking it.

SlotZilla’s lower level will be 70 feet up, and the landing platform will be about halfway down the Fremont Street Experience. The upper level, called the Zoomline, will be 100 feet up and will send riders 1,700 panic-inducing (sorry, exhilarating) feet to a platform in front of Golden Gate casino.

Oh, how they love to tease us.

Oh, how they love to tease us.

Bonus: On the Zoomline, riders will be prone (lying flat, face-downward) and be “power-launched” (as opposed to traditional ziplines, where gravity does all the work).

Here’s what SlotZilla will look like when it’s done.

Times a million. Approximately.

Times a million. Approximately.

Tickets are expected to be $20 for the lower level, and $30 for the Zoomline. Take a look at SlotZilla’s landing platforms, also in the works.

More updates to come! See more news about the SlotZilla Zipline in downtown Las Vegas.

Downtown’s SlotZilla Zipline Ride Is Getting Its Bling

SlotZilla, the zipline ride being built in downtown Las Vegas, is going to be the biggest thing to hit the Fremont Street Experience since go-go girls.

Here’s a look at SlotZilla today. Oh, all right, yesterday. When did you become such a stickler for details?

We have a thing about heights, so we're fine down here, thanks.

We have a thing about heights, so we’re fine hanging out down here, thanks.

Emblematic of the progress being made in SlotZilla’s construction is the new bling on the ride’s Fremont Street East-facing launch tower (located just beyond the east end of the Fremont Street Experience, near Neonopolis).

Googie stars! Lots of classic Vegas art falls into a style called Googie, named after a West Hollywood coffee house.

Googie stars! Lots of classic Vegas art falls into a style called Googie, named after a West Hollywood coffee house.

SlotZilla guests will be “power-launched” from two levels, one called a “Zoomline” and the other being called a “Zipline.” Each of SlotZilla’s two levels will have four ziplines each.

On the “Zipline,” 70 feet up, they’ll ride the usual way, seated. On the “Zoomline,” 100 feet up, they’ll come out superhero-style (prone), accelerated for an extra shot of adrenaline. These riders will go 1,700 feet under the Fremont Street Experience canopy.

Two landing platforms are being built, too. One is about halfway down the Fremont Street Experience, and will be the landing point for the riders leaving from the lower level of Slotzilla.

The midway point landing platform, right in the middle of the party.

The midway point landing platform, right in the middle of the party.

The other landing platform is at the west end of the Fremont Street Experience, in front of the Golden Gate casino, chock full of the aforementioned go-go girls. If you’re into that kind of thing.

The back of this structure currently doubles as a stage.

The other side of this structure doubles as a stage.

Below is a model of what SlotZilla will look like when it’s done. The take-off tower will be an imposing 120 feet tall. In the model, 1/2-inch equals one foot. Yes, there will be a quiz.

You can't go wrong with Googie stars, cocktails and giant showgirls.

You can’t go wrong with Googie stars, cocktails and giant showgirls.

Ticket prices are expected to be $20 for the “Zipline” level, $30 for the “Zoomline” level, and $40 if you’re daring (or crazy) enough to ride both.

The Slotzilla Las Vegas zipline attraction is scheduled to make its debut in late summer of 2013. You up for a ride? See all our posts about the SlotZilla zipline ride in downtown Las Vegas.