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Las Vegas Zip Line: Massive Slotzilla Ride Planned to Open in Downtown Vegas in 2013

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Nov 28, 2012 01:38 PM EST

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Las Vegas tourists will soon have a new way to view the sights of Sin City as a new five-block zip line is planned to be built.

The zip line will be an entire unique ride experience for those who visit Las Vegas. The ride called Slotzilla involves an 11-story slot machine which shoots out riders across a lengthy zip line at 35 mph in Downtown Las Vegas, giving visitors a different view of the famous casinos.

Plans for the ride were unveiled during a spectacle involcing showgirls on Tuesday. The ride will be a permanent fixture which is sure to become a landmark in Vegas.

"This is going to be known around the world: Come ride our Slotzilla," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman told the Associated Press.

The project will cost $11 million. To make up for the costs, riders will have to pay $20 to $30 to ride. Construction is expected to begin in January and it is expected to open by June. It will be built near Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard as part of the Fremont Street Experience.

The huge zip line will be an expansion of a small temportary zip line that currently occupies the space. The current zip line was only supposed to stick around for 30 days but it has been in place for two years due to its popularity.

The current zip line is comprised of a 67-foot metal scaffold and the ride goes on for 800 feet, ending near the Four Queen casino. The new zip line would include a tower that is twice as tall, has twice as many lines, and will include the giant slot machine feature.

"If you're going to do something here, you have to do it bigger and better than anywhere else," Fremont Street Experience marketing director Thomas Bruney told AP.

The ride will have a breaking system that will slow riders down before stopping.  Riders will be able to stop halfway or they will have the option of completing the entire 1,700 foot course which will end by the Golden Gate casino. Riders will also have the option of flying horizontally, as if they are Superman.

The massive zip line will be built by the Hawaiian company, Skyline, which often buils zip lines across waterfalls and forests.

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