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Fremont Street Experience Announces Plans for SlotZilla, Two-Level Zipline for Downtown Las Vegas

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lotZilla, a two-level zipline thrill ride that will take riders high above historic downtown Las Vegas, is scheduled to open in June 2013, Fremont Street Experience officials said.

"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.

slotzillaThe $11 million attraction will forever alter the downtown Las Vegas skyline with an 11-story slot-machine-themed takeoff platform located near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, officials said.

SlotZilla will be a two-level thrill ride, Victor said: a zoomline and a zipline.

Riders on the upper zoomline will take off over 100 feet above ground and riders, lying flat in a harness, will be launched to a speed that will zoom them 1,700 feet through and under the Fremont Street Experience canopy.

Riders on the lower zipline will take off about 70 feet above ground and zip 850 feet to a mid-point landing platform.

Both levels will deliver a ride experience unique in the world - flying above thousands of people on Fremont Street Experience and under the Viva Vision canopy, which is the world's largest video screen.

"Designing a zipline to go across 1,700 feet with only a slight incline was a real challenge and required us to think outside the canopy and develop new technologies," Victor said. "To meet this challenge, we designed a first-of-its kind propulsion launch system and created a steeper incline that will actually take riders through the Viva Vision canopy, giving them the thrill of their lives."

SlotZilla, specially designed for Fremont Street Experience by Hawaii-based Skyline, 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. SlotZilla combines innovative technology with a dynamic themed concept to transcend a traditional zipline ride into a ground-breaking attraction for the amusement industry.

"The launched zipline will provide an incredible experience for riders and is a first for the zipline 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 zipline industry."

The new zipline attraction is named "SlotZilla" as a tribute to the deep gaming roots of downtown Las Vegas.

Through the creative direction of Contour Entertainment, the 120-foot-high takeoff tower will be transformed into the world's largest slot machine. Riders will actually "be the jackpot" and exit the slot machine through the pay table and coin tray. Las Vegas visitors will not want to miss this iconic new attraction, a thrilling experience for zipline riders and a one-of-a-kind photo op for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, officials said.

The takeoff platform will be a multi-level, 11-story structure designed to look like a giant slot machine, complete with a pull-arm and reels. Each time riders leave the Zoomline platform, the arm will pull down, the reels will "spin" and a beacon will light up. The slot machine is adorned with two Vegas showgirls standing 37 feet tall and will include a 20-foot wide, 10-foot tall "Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas" sign, providing a photo op for tourists.

Zipline riders will land on a platform near the intersection at 3rd Street and Casino Center. Zoomline riders will land on a platform located on top of a new Main Street Stage.

In order to build this amazing ride, Victor said, the current temporary zipline, Flightlinez, is closed for a short time. This will enable Flightlinez to move the current temporary platforms so that the ride can remain open during construction of the permanent SlotZilla structure. Construction on SlotZilla is expected to begin immediately after New Year's.

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.

Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment complex located in historic downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street Experience features Viva Vision, the world's largest video screen which is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system.

Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue which includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts nearly 16 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at
www.vegasexperience.com .

 
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