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In late February, there wasn't much to see beyond construction fencing and ripped up concrete. Fast forward six weeks to today and it's much of the same. VegasChatter friend @sammasseur snapped progress photos for us that reveal more broken cement and hollowed-out trenches than anything else. (Although, a cement block footprint is starting to rise near Golden Gate. @sammasseur states this will be a permanent stage/landing area.)
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Construction fencing is up and so are bits of Fremont Street as Slotzilla lumbers forward. The 11-story zipline posing as a ginormous slot machine is expected to open this June on Fremont Street. While only time will tell on when we'll actually see it, thanks to our friend Ted Newkirk at Access Vegas, we've a bunch of new construction photos to share.
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Did our story on Slotzilla inspire you to take a zipline down Fremont Street? You are currently out of luck. Slotzilla (and we still really enjoy writing that) is the soon to be constructed, 120-foot, fake slot machine that doubles as a launching pad for two levels of zipliners. One part of this new ride will catapult you 1,700 feet down the street, under the neon, while you recline, arms stretched out like a superhero. We were crazy excited to give you all the details here.
But lost in news of an 11-story slot machine spitting out flying humans like loose quarters, was the update that Flightlinez, the original Fremont zipline experience, is currently closed. And being dismantled as we write. No more zipline for the time being.
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Believe you can fly. Move over Shipping Container Park, giant scorpions and community interaction. We think the real draw for Downtown Vegas next year will be fulfilling your superhero fantasies. Zipline experts, Skyline, plan to build a 120-foot slot machine and catapult you out of it down Fremont Street. You'll fly horizontally like Superman.
Fremont Street Bars posted the scoop this weekend and the idea is so daffy, we think it might just work. Two elevators will take you inside the world's largest slot machine, Slotzilla, up to two different levels. Either platform will allow four people to fly at once. The lower level is for the seated zipline experience; similar to the current Flightlinez ride you know and love. Slotzilla adds a second level, 100 feet off the ground and with an added kick.
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The rainbow might be extinguished, but one of Fitzgerald's Fremont Street legacies that lives on under the D name and exterior is the Vue Bar. The bar's patio overlooks Fremont providing a unique angle to people watch, take in the Fremont Street Experience, and spy zipliners. In fact, in our first downtown guide we pointed the less adventurous in your ziplining group toward Vue to snag a few photos while they drank your arrival.
Anyone who hasn't seen past the dancing dealers to make their way upstairs at the D still might not reach the patio. There's a little distraction called Sigma Derby (now open) that can get in the way. There's also coin-operated slot machines. A summer lobster palooza & bbq boneorama. For the record, yes, we included that last one just to say boneorama.
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If you thought Las Vegas was spreading itself around before, listen to this, 'eh?
The Globe and Mail is reporting that MGM Resorts is interested in opening an outpost in Toronto:
MGM is exploring a $2 billion-to-$6 billion investment in the city, one that could go well beyond slot machines and roulette wheels to include hotels, restaurants, spas and convention facilities.
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Now imagine doing with this a half-naked Aussie man attached to you.
We've long fantasized about where Vegas should put another zipline but it looks like our zip down the Strip will become a reality...somewhat.
The LV Sun reports that four ziplines are being planned from Excalibur to Luxor, one of which would start off at the top of Luxor's pyramid and run a whopping 950 feet to the southwest corner of the Excalibur roof. Another will start on the Excalibur's roof and run 340 feet to Luxor's east tower.
A third line would run from the entrance of Excalibur to the roof of the pedestrian walkway at Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard while a fourth zipline will be the biggest--1,440-ft. long running from the southeast corner of the Luxor's east tower all the way to the roof of the tram station for Excalibur. (You can see the exact routes here.)
All of these ziplines sound kind of awesome, except for one thing. We'll be whizzing by the Luxor and Excalibur, not really the finest Las Vegas has to offer.
But we guess if you build the zipline, we will come, especially if the Luxor offers tandem rides with the boys from Thunder From Down Under.
Our obsession with the ziplines on Fremont Street is coming up on one year now and has grown from observing from cyberspace to strapping in ourselves several times over. Our most recent zip-trip came with family and virgin zipliners visiting. We figured what better way to test their ziplining prowess than the (short) lines over Fremont. Hmmm, the fam wasn't Vegas Virgins but perhaps we should add that to the WTDWAVV list...
While convincing the acrophobic-tended in the fam they could overcome their fear
like we did, we ran into our insider who mentioned more ziplines could be going up in Vegas. We aren't at liberty to disclose which casino execs were recently scoping the attraction out for themselves so let's just say mmmmmmmm.....they have the life.
If When you zipline over Fremont, make sure you do it right. Sure, the cost is only $15 before 6pm, but the cost goes up after six for a reason. Spend the twenty bucks to get your junk all strapped in tight at night. And if you're timing is luckier than ours, you'll be screaming under the Fremont Street Experience at the top of the hour like this crew:
Ever wanted to know what it looks like ziplining at the new Fremont Street Zipline? Well, thanks to Twitterer Kent Black, we can now know what it looks like way up above. Seriously, that just looks utterly kickass. We can't wait to do it ourselves. For now, here's what else is on in Vegas:
· Nobody gives a crap about the No Smoking Policy at the Westin Casaurina [NY Times]
· The Latin Grammys are tonight! (at the Mandalary Bay) [AP]
· Bicep kissing or armpit sniffing? [Daily Fiasco]
· Jerry Jones celebrates Wade Phillips' firing in Vegas with blond chick [TMZ]
Growing up, we had a friend on our block whose parents installed a zipline in their front yard. It wasn't too high and it wasn't very long but it was high and long enough to make all the kids want to camp out on the yard for rides.
Today's ziplines are more for the extreme adventure sort (through mountains, over volcanoes) rather than for kiddies but lately, more accessible ziplines have been popping up in public areas like at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. And now a zipline is coming to Downtown Vegas!
The Fremont Street Frightline (also called the Flightline), opening on Friday, will take you 800 feet through the Fremont Street Experience, going as high as 67 feet in the air.
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Two guys, one lake. The makings of a viral video, thanks to Skydive LV
You’ve planned a relaxing Vegas vacation. The family is strolling through the MGM Grand and views the lions sleeping with their trainers. Ahhhh, how cute. Until a lion attacks and you instinctively snap to action to capture it all on film.
Has that got your adrenaline flowing? Looking for some danger in your vacation though? It'll take too long to retrain as a lion tamer, so in the meantime, here are five death defying activities to try in Vegas.