Tourists will soon have a new way to see the lights of Las Vegas
By being spit out of the mouth of an 11-story slot machine and zinged down a five-block zip line past some of the city's oldest casinos.Officials on Tuesday unveiled plans for a permanent zip line. The monster zip line will cost $11 million to build and between $20 and $30 to ride. Construction is expected to start in January. The attraction, expected to open in June, is an expansion of a much smaller, temporary zip line that has for two years scooted families, newlyweds and Elvis impersonators beneath a long metal canopy that displays an hourly light show.
That ride was intended to be a 30-day novelty, but it proved such a crowd pleaser the business community began working to make it permanent. Currently, riders launch four at a time from a 67-foot metal scaffolding and land 800 feet away. Riders will be able to stop halfway, or continue to the end of the 1,700 course. They will have the option of flying along the lines in a horizontal "superman" position, and accelerating their ride using a new "power launch" system.