SlotZilla, announced Tuesday, will launch guests out of openings in an 11-story "slot machine," sending them soaring past camera-wielding tourists.
Construction of the giant one-armed bandit, adorned with a pair of 37-foot-tall showgirls, will begin early in 2013 near Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. The ride, expected to open in June, will give guests the choice of two experiences: the Zipline, a lower-level, shorter ride, or the Zoomline, a higher and longer trip that will send thrill seekers flying nearly a third of a mile along the giant video screen canopy.
Because there’s not much of a drop along the line, the ride’s creators needed to come up with a way to keep folks moving. They devised what a news release described as a “first-of-its-kind propulsion launch system.”
Strapped flat in a harness, guests will be propelled out of the takeoff tower (a.k.a SlotZilla) at 35 mph. The designers have also incorporated a proprietary braking system, to ensure a smooth landing at the other end.