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425 Fremont Street

Las Vegas, NV 89101

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A zip line attraction that shoots riders out of a replica of a giant, 120-foot tall slot machine called SlotZilla. Seriously! It is expected to be open by February of 2014.

Where is it?

On the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas.

Is it worth the cost?

Costs have not been officially determined yet but it should be around $20 for the regular lines and $30 for the high-speed lines. I'm going out on a limb and saying it'll absolutely be worth the cost!

What else do I need to know?

There will be 8 lines - 4 seated that run about half the length of the Fremont Street Experience and four that launch you out at high speed (35 miles per hour), face down in a superhero flying position. The latter runs the lenghth of Fremont Street.

What's the bottom line?

Best. Idea. Ever.

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FULL REVIEW

Downtown Las Vegas has been experiencing a resurgence lately, with new restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels, and attractions luring visitors to the once struggling area. But this week a game-changing announcement will put Downtown on the map as a must-see destination for every Las Vegas visitor: SlotZilla is coming!

SlotZilla will be the world's biggest slot machine, or at least a replica of one. Standing at 120 feet tall (roughly 11 stories), the $11 million dollar structure will feature two 37-foot tall neon showgirls and a 20x10 foot replica of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

It will act as the launching point for one of the craziest zip line attractions anywhere, with no fewer than 8 lines zooming out of it. Four of the lines will be the traditional seated variety and will run at roughly the same height and distance as the former Flightlinez attraction, which closed in June of 2013 to make way for this. The other four lines will come out of the top of SlotZilla with riders flying face down superhero style, launched at high speed (35 miles per hour) on a trajectory that will take them from the top edge of the Viva Vision canopy all the way down the roughly 5 blocks of Fremont Street Experience.

The whole thing is the brainchild of Skyline, an eco-adventures company that was the first to operate commercial zip lines in the United States when they opened attractions in Hawaii in 2002. Skyline's permanent SlotZilla facility replaces the incredibly popular Flightlinez zip lines that have been operating for the last two years on Fremont Street with a temporary launch tower. How popular was Flightlinez? Waits to take the 60-second ride can be up to two hours at peak times.

SlotZilla is being built near Neonopolis. The basic lines will run to Binion's while the new high-speed lines will run all the way down to the end of Fremont Street near The Plaza. Costs have not been officially announced yet but it should be around $20 for the basic lines, $30 for the high-speed lines, and $40 for both.

This is exactly the kind of thing that Downtown needs to solidify its place as the "fun" Vegas - the antithesis of the high-cost, overly serious, one-big-nightclub scene that has taken over The Strip. Not everyone will want to ride SlotZilla but just about everyone is going to want to see it and that's the kind of thing that can put Downtown Vegas at the top of visitors' to-do lists.

SlotZilla is expected to open by February of 2014.

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