Las Vegas isn’t what it used to be and neither are the people visiting. Visitors today are looking for maximum entertainment. That could mean using the same space for more than one thing. Caesars Entertainment, the owner of The Linq Casino and Promenade, announced the intended addition of Fly Linq. In addition to eating, drinking, shopping, and gambling you’ll now be able to fly above the crowd.
Once complete Fly Linq will be the first zip line on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s expected that it will be the only zip line on the Vegas Strip for a few years. Earlier this year Wynn Las Vegas announced that they would have a zip line in their Paradise Park expansion that will open in a few years.
Caesars Entertainment expects that construction on Fly Linq will begin in the spring of 2018. They haven’t announced an opening date yet. The new attraction is being developed by the team behind the High Roller observation wheel at The Linq.
The ride will cost approximately $20 million to build and will feature 10 side-by-side zip lines. The setup will allow the attraction to launch all 10 riders at the same time. Much like the Slotzilla Zipline in downtown Las Vegas riders will zoom above guests who may be drinking, dining, shopping or just walking in the mall below.
Say goodbye to the rumors that the Vortex at The Linq will become a nightclub. Guests will begin their Fly Linq ride experience by taking an elevator ride that will be designed to provide open strip views from the Vortex to the top of the 122-foot-tall launch tower. After enjoying the great views of the Vegas Strip during the ascent, the guests will arrive on the launch deck, where queuing and gear-fitting will take place. The elevator ride up the tower might be a bit too much for some people.
Fly Linq will offer guests two options for the experience. Riders can choose to ride in either a “superman” or seated position. From the launch tower, the ride continues eastward towards the High Roller observation wheel. The zip line will have riders traveling 1,080 feet above The Linq Promenade. Riders and flyers will disembark near the base of the massive ferris wheel.
Like most rides, guests will be able to opt to purchase professional photos—either individually or as a group—dressed in full flight gear and in mid-air. Slotzilla and the VooDoo zip line ride at Rio could be the best comparisons if you’re looking for an idea of pricing. Slotzilla rides cost $40 and $45 for the upper “Superman” ride and $20 or $25 for the lower traditional zip line ride. Tickets for the VooDoo zipline ride start at Rio is $27.99.
“Fly LINQ will further establish The LINQ Promenade as a must-visit destination, particularly for distinctive Las Vegas entertainment experiences,” said Bob Morse, President of Hospitality, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “This new experience will join The LINQ Promenade’s growing number of thrilling and memorable entertainment, dining and retail options.”
Walking through The Linq will be a little more interesting when Fly Linq is complete. The oohs and ahhs from the Slotzilla zipline at the Fremont Street Experience often provide a chuckle and an Instagramable moment for visitors walking the mall of casinos. Fly Linq will look to offer riders and guests below a little extra fun.
Pro-tip: Grab a drink at Yard House after the ride and not at one of the bars at the casino before the ride. Guests below will thank you.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.