Slotzilla, meanwhile, has been busy with news. After an official launch last month, we now know more nuts and bolts. Once you pay your money to enter Slotzilla, you have two options to fly down Fremont Street. The lower level, that's where the coins come out in the picture above, will cost you $20. You get 850 feet worth of ride, 75 feet up in the air and sitting upright in a harness. Think 50 feet further distance than Flightlinez for the same price. But, flying barely six feet above you will be the folks who have opted for the longer ride.
That upper level will create all the fuss. For $30, you will travel 1,700 feet taking you all the way down to the Golden Gate Casino. A third of a mile. Five football fields. And, you will be flying stretched out like Superman. But, there's more.
Fremont Street Experience President Jeff Victor shares in the following video his very direct involvement in the project. His bi-weekly video project called FSE live, allows Victor to share details on Fremont Street developments. Here he dishes some Slotzilla scoops:
Eight lines were added to the feature to ease congestion. From below, as a spectator, you won't be able to see the flyers at first. Then the huge slot machine handle lowers, reels will spin, the top beacon spins, the walls will drop and the people will fly out. At 38 mph.
When you are suited up to take the long ride, you won't be able to see the Golden Gate landing area off in the distance.
Flying prone actually decreases drag and helps make the journey easier. Slotzilla has issues with wire friction and the fact that Fremont slopes upwards, the wrong direction for this attraction. They fixed that in Utah, where they built an exact working version of the ride and tested it out. It works. Jeff Victor tried it. He's thrilled.
And here's a biggie. Slotzilla is so tall, it rises above the Fremont Street canopy. So a hole will be cut into it. You'll be launched at speed, fly down through this hole into Fremont Street, then travel along, just one foot under the lights. "Threading a needle" they call it. And you end up at the Golden Gate.
There's word of a combo deal of both rides for $40, if you need to build up some courage witha test run. Excited yet? You'll need to hold your breathe 'til June 2013. In the meantime, we'll keep on checking as to when Flightlinez is back up and running. And on any other Slotzilla updates.
[Rendering: Slotzilla by Contour Entertainment]