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If you haven't started your holiday weekend already, tell your boss that VegasChatter said you need to get up out of there! But, before you do, check out four new experiences making their Strip debut this Memorial Day weekend. We'll see you back here on Tuesday! Have a safe one!
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Will the Rio's delayed VooDoo Zip Line finally open this Friday, May 23?
Signs are hopeful with an inside source telling our friends at Vegas Rover today that this weekend is still a go with either a Friday or a Saturday, May 24 debut. Test riders were spotted flying between the off-Strip resort's hotel towers throughout the weekend. VegasChatter reader Henry M. reports visiting family at the Rio who had a "great view of the loading zone." He tells us single riders were taking multiple trips all Saturday afternoon. Henry snapped the pictures you see at the top of this post as well as just below.
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We know, promises, promises. We hear that Naked Eyes song from way back, too. But, our friends over at the Vegas Rover Facebook page have it on good authority (read: a worker) that the much-delayed VooDoo Zip Line at Rio will open in just over a week.
Three new thrill attractions all open by May (or sooner)? Maybe.
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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.
Rio's VooDoo Zip Line has a new opening timeline, if not an actual ride just yet.
Today, a hiring call went out for the sky high attraction that has struggled to get off the ground. Originally scheduled to open in August 2013, reps say early March is now the ticket.
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Our friends at the Vegas Rover Facebook group have discovered that the ride is being delayed again until at least this spring. They've also uncovered a government letter by a county engineer citing missing paperwork and "deficiencies" which "must be submitted or addressed to resume the examination process" before the Department of Building & Fire Prevention Bureau will even consider issuing an ATS (Amusement & Transportation System) permit for the attraction.
Some of the missing documents noted include a finalized ride evacuation manual (eep), among paperwork. If you'd like to see some of the specifics, read on. Visit this link for the entire letter. If you plan on riding this attraction if/when it opens, you'll probably want to skip down to the bottom. We're just saying'.
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We’re still waiting on Rio’s new VooDoo Zip Line. Originally scheduled to open in August, VooDoo’s most recent projected opening date was early November. Confident that this time they finally got it right, we made a trip over to Rio to have a look (and catch a little WSOP action). What we found didn’t surprise us, but left us disappointed once again.
For a zip line that is supposed to be opening right now, there’s a discouraging lack of line upon which to zip. The latest construction update is full of flashy cuts featuring people using tools, telling us that something is happening, but what? Where are the ride vehicles? Where is the zip line’s line?
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We joked about SkyVue offering pre-sale tickets as a way to finish funding a second observation wheel in Vegas. Little did we know that we'd be writing about this seriously just a few days later. Not for SkyVue, though, but for Rio's VooDoo Zip Line.
Yes, the sky-high, sit-and-ride attraction once due to open in August (and then September and now November from the sound of things), has fired up an indiegogo crowd-sourcing page for "final funding," as first reported by Vegas Rover on Facebook.
The Vegas Rover Facebook group has scored an update from the company behind the high-flying experience as to just when an opening might occur. Until recently, a debut of August (checking calendar.. yep, this month) had been touted. At least, until the ride's social media chatter went silent earlier this month.
New Capital Ventures issued the following statement to Brad Baker of Vegas Rover regarding its launch:
The above photo was taken on Friday by VegasChatter'er sammasseur and enforces what we've failed to see every time we've driven by recently -- zip lines. Now, we're no zip line engineers, but we're just thinking that actual lines will need to be strung and, you know, test zipped in order for the ride to debut this month and being as it's already August 12... Well, let's just say that we don't need to connect the
towers dots for you to see where this is going. Or, not going, we guess.
This is a rendering of what the ride will look like when complete:
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Construction of the Voodoo Zip Line that will connect two Rio towers has apparently ..err... zipped right along. Three months after we first reported news of the coming thrill ride, we now have an opening month. August. We'll let that sink in for a second.
A few weeks ago, a 357-feet-high ride from the Masquerade to Ipanema Towers was a photoshopped pic away from imaginable. Now, the opening of the Voodoo Zip Line is just around the corner. (Fingers crossed.) Seems awfully fast to us, but we're not zip ride operator experts. We just hope they've measured twice and cut once. Oh, and sent a few
hundred test riders soaring to Ipanama before that August opening. We're not fond of being guinea pigs. Just sayin'.