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Another zip-line in our future?

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First the Fremont Street Experience and now the strip. MGM Resorts International said they are looking at the possibility of putting a zip-line on Las Vegas Boulevard that would connect the Excalibur and Luxor. The plan would include four zip-lines ranging from 340 feet to 1400 feet long.

"I think you might see a return of the amusement park to Las Vegas Boulevard," said UNLV Gaming Expert David Schwartz. "Roller coasters in the 90s were very popular. It seemed every casino had a roller coaster or attraction like that and I just think this is the next generation of that."

While visitor numbers are up, gaming revenue is still nowhere near where it was in 2006 and 2007. Schwartz believes amusement park rides like zip-lines will be another revenue stream.

"You know if you put in a zip-line there is going to be certain demand for it. It's not that expensive and you'll make money on it probably from day one," Schwartz said.

Any zip-line proposal in that area would require Federal Aviation Administration approval for the two resort locations because of their proximity to the airport.

There are also two giant observation wheels that are under construction in Las Vegas, one across from Mandalay Bay, the other on Caesar's Palace property between Flamingo near O'Sheas.

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