Thursday, November 15, 2012

World's First Powered-Launch Zipline Slated for Las Vegas' Fremont Street

 Las Vegas, NV, USA (November 15, 2012) -- Skyline and Fremont Street Experience announce the creation of SlotZilla – the world's first powered-launch zipline attraction – to be built in downtown Las Vegas. SlotZilla combines innovative technology with a dynamic themed concept to transcend a traditional zipline ride into a ground-breaking attraction for the amusement industry.

Construction on SlotZilla is expected to begin immediately after New Year’s with the attraction anticipated to open during the first half of 2013. SlotZilla will be a major new icon for downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district that attracts over 15 million annual visitors.

SlotZilla will be a two-level thrill ride. Riders on the upper four ziplines will take off about 100 feet above ground and riders, lying flat in a harness, will be launched to a speed that will zoom them 1,700 feet under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. Riders on the lower four ziplines will take off about 70 feet above ground and zip 800 feet to a mid-point landing platform. Both levels 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 largest video screen in the world with 12.5 million LED lights.

Along with providing a new thrill experience for Las Vegas visitors, SlotZilla incorporates new technology with the power-launch mechanism plus a catch-and-retrieval braking system to bring all “flyers” in with a smooth landing. The attraction will also feature guest flow and ride controls designed to ensure guest safety while maximizing the operation's capacity.

"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."

In addition to the prone "superhero" style zip from the upper level, guests will have the option of zipping in a more traditional seated position, without a launch, from the lower tier of the tower, which begins nearly 70 feet above Fremont Street Experience.

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.

About Skyline
Skyline is the new attractions division of Skyline Eco-Adventures (www.zipline.com), the United States' first 
commercial zipline operator. Skyline attractions bring unmatched zipline experience and revolutionary zipline technology to the Amusement & Attractions Industry, and is committed to creating World Class experiences.

About Fremont Street Experience
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 8 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 15 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at
www.vegasexperience.com