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SlotZilla Opens Zoomline For Superhero-Style Flights Over Fremont

Where: 425 Fremont St. [map], 89101
September 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (5)

We hope you have your superhero theme music pre-selected.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drunken tourist! You might catch a Superman busker working for tips under the SlotZilla zipline on Fremont Street on any given day, but now you can be your own superhero and fly down the newly opened “zoomline!” The $17 million attraction over downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience is now fully functioning with the 77 ft. “zipline” ($20) option on the lower level and the higher 114 ft. “zoomline” ($40) above.

The additional line opened August 31 and has been gaining new riders through word of mouth and the obvious wow factor of pedestrians looking up to see excited (or, occasionally, terrified) riders fly through the air above them. Aside from the obvious higher height, riders of the zoomline will be able to fly through the air in prone position, a.k.a. superhero-style. The kicker is, the higher zoomline starts out over the Fremont Street Experience canopy, adding yet another layer of why-did-I-do-this?!

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Downtown Changes You Might Not Know About

July 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (7)

There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:

Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.

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Downtown Vegas Gets A Little Less Boozy

May 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM | by | Comments (16)

Downtown Vegas is awesome. Downtown Vegas is also a hot mess. That's kind of what makes Downtown Vegas a fun place, but it's getting out of control for some. Many of the recently renovated or opened businesses on Fremont East come with some form of alcohol sales. Walking from the El Cortez to the Fremont Street Experience can feel as though you're walking through a teenage battle zone. The combination of testosterone, booze and bros creates a fun yet obnoxious path.

When you do get to the Fremont Street Experience, you'll walk through an ever shrinking concourse. Slotzilla and the FSE stages block east and west entry points to the canopy. Bars now jut into the walkway from almost every casino pushing people closer to the middle of a concourse already famously clogged with kiosks selling big balls, street performers and people dressed up in costumes hawking pictures.

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Slotzilla Ready To Send Thrill-Seekers Soaring Over Fremont Street

Where: 89109
April 27, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (3)

Today, you can be among the first to do something folks have been anxiously waiting to experience since news about it broke in 2012 -- fly down Fremont Street after being launched from Slotzilla.

The towering zipline attraction will open to the public today, Sunday, April 27 at noon. The last few days have seen test flights by friends, family and Fremont Street notables, but now our time has come.

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Downtown Vegas: The Impact Of One On The Many

April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (15)

Downtown Vegas has seen a lot changes over the past few years, most of which has been documented right here on VegasChatter. Some would argue all that's new have been improvements, others would call it a mixed bag, while a few might even say it didn't need to be touched. From the injection of the Zappos culture into downtown to the buildout of Fremont East, changes have been many. There's also been the transformation of Fitzgeralds into the D. The Las Vegas Club's strategy of holding steady against a Binion's that slowly tries to re-invent itself while staying true to its roots. And of course, Downtown Grand's attempt to set itself apart from the rest of the old regime. And, that's just to name just a few.

Just under three years ago, excitement was building for the re-emergence of another classic downtown property, the Plaza. Since opening to a tepid response, the remodeled Plaza has seen its share of big changes right under its own roof. Mostly in its entertainment lineup, but also the introduction of a resort fee. And, what once looked like a survivor, Exposed Salon is (breaking news)... now gone.

Not all has disappeared or been replaced at the Plaza. Oscar's is still alive and well, though the restaurant within a resturant that was Simpatico went to culinary heaven long ago. Hash House A Go Go, still there. Poker, too, although in a different form. The announcement of a professional hockey team making its way to the Plaza means the pool deck will soon have a different look, and feel.. brrrr.

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Vegas About To Get Even More Thrilling (Fingers Crossed)

March 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM | by | Comments (4)

Three new thrill attractions all open by May (or sooner)? Maybe.

If the rumor mill is correct, The High Roller, VooDoo Zip Line and Slotzilla might all debut within the next few weeks.

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Two Coming Soon Ziplines Still Coming Soon

March 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | Comments (3)

One was supposed to open downtown in June 2013. The other, just off The Strip, in August 2013. Months later, we're still waiting on both. And, the party line remains "soon."

In Downtown Vegas, the new rumor on Fremont about Slotzilla looks as if it may come true. In February, we shared whispers that an opening wouldn't happen until at least April. Today, the Fremont Street Experience Facebook page showed fans the view from Slotzilla's highest zipline level (the one folks will ride "Superman"-style) while keeping a specific launch date on the down low.

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The New Rumor On Fremont About Slotzilla

February 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM | by | Comments (9)

If you've been waiting.. and waiting.. and waiting.. and waiting.. and, well you get the picture.. for Slotzilla, you should probably back out of this story now. The latest rumor on Fremont Street won't make you happy.

Where once we heard this weekend could.. possibly.. see the return of zipliners to downtown, we now have a new rumbling to report. Rumors that Slotzilla won't open until at least April now. This is by no means official. Slotzilla stopped giving an opening timeline long ago. It's also been silent on Twitter of late. Its last tweet was sent on January 29.

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Waiting For Slotzilla's Opening? Wait For It...

January 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

The monstrosityer zipline downtown was all bright and shiny in December after a Craigslist hiring call, but an opening date was mysteriously missing. One month later, we can confidently say.... nothing has changed. Just the continuance of another Vegas delay originally slotted for a June 2013 opening.

VegasChatter correspondents spoke with a Fremont Street Experience maintenance worker who indicated a February opening was penciled on his calendar, possibly around Valentine's Day. We were unable to confirm if that calendar was Outlook, Google or Britney so file that rumor as you will.

While we continue to wait for an announcement of Slotzilla's debut, the Review-Journal reports rides are expected to cost about $20-30 depending on just how high you want to go. The RJ also has pics and video of test dummies zipping down the ride. No word if they were found via the Craigslist ad or not.

(PHOTO: @sammasseur)

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So, Slotzilla Will Be Open Soon, Maybe?

December 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM | by | Comments (8)

Will you be able to zip down Fremont Street on New Year's Eve? Beats us! But, maybe?

Slotzilla, the multi-story zipline experience that now towers over Neonopolis at the far end of the Fremont Street Experience, has a certain glow about these nights. What it doesn't have about it anywhere, though, is signage telling us when we can give it a try. So, how do we know it might debut soon? Well, while we haven't been able to find an opening date, we have discovered that Slotzilla did issue a hiring call on Craigslist about a month ago. And, was still looking for folks as of this week. The attraction was originally due to open in June.

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Still Not Open Yet, Slotzilla Causing Late-Night Headaches On Fremont

Where: 89101
November 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (9)

No one wants to say when Slotzilla will spit out its first zip liners after missing its targeted opening of June, but from the sounds of things, it could, maybe, be next month?

The Facebook page of the Fremont Street Experience warned fans yesterday that the installment of Slotzilla's cables (called the Zipline and the Zoomline, #funfacts) would cause "mall and road closures over the next 2 weeks," now through this Friday, November 8 and then repeated next Tuesday through Friday (November 12-15) as well.

The shutdowns will mean pedestrians won't be allowed on the mall between midnight and 8 a.m. Yes, you read that right. The Fremont Street Experience will morph into a late-night ghost town most of this week and next. Casino Center and 4th Street will also be closed to vehicle traffic.

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Look At Slotzilla Now

October 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM | by | Comments (2)

Is it wrong that we wish Slotzilla was a working slot machine? While we won't ever get to spin the wheels, we will get to go for a spin before the year's out.

Vital Vegas captured the image above of a nearly complete thrill ride over the weekend. And, where once things moved at a snail's pace, check out what a difference a day makes as documented by VegasChatter fan Danial Mente who captured this snapshot early this evening:

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