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August 5, 2014

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Las Vegas’ Hottest New Thrill Ride – VooDoo Zipline (Rio Zipline)

by Jason Dutton-Smith
Voodoo Zipline - Las Vegas (photo courtesy of VooDoo Zipline)

Thrill-seekers in Vegas are flocking to the latest thrill ride. Located just off the Vegas strip at the Rio Hotel and Casino, the Rio Zipline (formally VooDoo Zipline) is a terrifying ride that flies 500 feet above the ground, whisking riders between the two hotel towers at over 30-miles per hour (50-kilometres per hour). And the most terrifying part? There are no armrests, harness or safety bar to be found! This is not a ride for the faint-hearted….

The Rio Hotel and Casino is a famed Las Vegas hotel located just off the strip at 3700 W Flamingo Road. Offering over 10 restaurants, countless bars, a huge casino floor and famous shows such as Penn & Teller, MJ Live, The Rat Pack is Back and more, the Rio has long been a favourite for visitors and locals alike.

Rio Zipline (VooDoo Zipline) Las Vegas

Adding to the hotel’s attractions is Rio Zipline (formerly VooDoo Zipline). Gaining worldwide attention, this thrill ride adds to Rio’s popularity, becoming the latest ‘must-do’ thrill ride in Las Vegas.

Here is a video from the opening day.

Commencing from the patio of the VooDoo Steakhouse on the 50th floor of Rio’s Masquerade Tower, riders are propelled a distance of 800 feet across to the 20-storey Ipanema Tower. The novel twist, however, is that you also have to zipline back – and backwards! Lasting just over one heart-pumping minute, riders retrace the harrowing ride with the wind to their back, returning safely to the platform they started from.


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Just you and a view…

Your feet dangle towards the ground, there is no safety bar like a roller coaster or harness or safety straps to keep you in. A simple looking seatbelt is all you have between you and 500 feet below. With 360-degree panoramic views of Las Vegas of course.

And now with a view from the seat…

Hours of operation – 3pm to 11pm Mon-Thu and 3pm to Midnight Fri-Sun
How many riders at once? – Two riders at the same time or for the brave(r) travel solo
Is there a height restriction? – You must be taller than 48 inches (122 centimetres)
Is there a weight restriction? – No single rider can be more than 300-pounds (136-kilograms) and double riders cannot exceed 450-pounds (204-kilograms) total.

Do you have what it takes to ride VooDoo Zipline at Rio? Purchase tickets online here.

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