There's good news for all of the thrill seekers out there. There is a new way for you to get your adrenaline pumping. The VooDoo zip line is now open at the Rio Hotel.
It's a day first official rider Bruce Buffer will never forget. He says, "What better way to cure a fear of heights but to get on the zip line."
The UFC announcer has been in his fair share of adrenaline-inducing situations, but nothing like this. Buffer said, "I figure, they aren't going to OK this for use if it wasn't safe, so I have that in my head. ill be fine, I'm just going to go and enjoy the ride."
The motorized zip line connects between the two towers of the Rio Las Vegas, flying riders 490 feet above the ground. It propels thrill seekers at speeds up to 33 mph down to one hotel tower and 20 mph on the trip back. This experience is something Rio Vice President Dan Walsh says they've been looking to provide their customers with for a long time. It's been in the making since 2012.
Walsh says, "Music in there, they have a sound system in there, you have a lap belt that's across, but other than that you're open and free so you can get a chance to experience the views at night time, the city lights, you get to see the mountains during the day."
Those of you thinking more about your safety then the fun, Walsh says not to worry. He says the ride has passed every test that the county has thrown at it and also all the inspectors that have come out.
Walsh says this new attraction along with other major improvements to the hotel can only mean one thing - big business. "What we think this could do for us potentially is you know drive some more customers off the strip to get them to the Rio to showcase this property. We are making a lot of improvements this year, and show people this is still a good property to come to," says Walsh.
Adrenaline junkies are already lining up to soar the Vegas sky. Buffer says he was nervous before heading up to take the first ride, but after taking the plunge, he's singing a different tune. He said, "It's an amazing ride, everyone should do this, this is awesome."
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