Rio Casino in Las Vegas Funding Zip Line

zip line rideWhat was once just an idea will now become reality: a zip line ride will now be built at the Rio in Las Vegas to connect the two towers, adding an attraction that will send guests flying over 400 feet above the hotel-casino.

Known as the VooDoo Skyline, this attraction should open sometime in summer, according to officials in connection with the project.

Riders will start the right at the VooDoo Lounge above the 50-story Masquerade Tower of the Rio. From there, guests will zip 845 feet to the 20-story Ipanema Tower of the Rio, expecting to reach speeds as high as 33 mph (53 kph). After that, a motorized pulley system will bring the riders back for a return trip, reaching speeds of about 25 mph (40 kph) back to the original tower.

The ride will take a minute and ten seconds to achieve and offers riders 360 degree views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Says Joe Shortal, this will be a much different attraction than other zip lines because its design is safer than normal. According to Shortal, the attraction will cost “under $1 million” to build.

Kevin Donnelly, the Rio Director of Hotel Operations, stated he was sold on the project since it offers the Rio even more attraction as guests can take pictures and video on the ride.

The ride will be open to riders every day from noon to midnight. It is expected to cost $25 during the day for each person and $40 during the evenings. Shortal hopes to have the ride finished in the coming weeks.

Though it is certainly one of the safer and more interesting ones, it is not the only zip line to pop up in southern Nevada. A zip line that is currently on Fremont Street will be replaced by a 100 foot tall structure designed to be a slot machine and offering two landing pads known as Slotzilla.

One pad will be built by the Fremont and about 850 feet from the tower, with the line putting riders 75 feet in the air just under the largest LED video screen in the world. The other pad will rest by the Golden Gate. Speeds will reach just faster than the VooDoo Line, but riders will lie flat similar to superheroes.

Just last year, there were also tentative plans announced to put a zip line between the Excalibur and the Luxor.

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