Five Hundy by Midnight #349: No Sustainability Lectures Here

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Zip and Learn?

The RJ has an update to the Excalibur/Luxor zip line plans we broke in February. The FAA approved the plan on April 6, and Clark County signed off last night. The FAA approval becomes final on May 16, opening the door for MGM Resorts to start stringing the cables.

According to today’s update, three of the lines will serve as a multi-leg zip line course. The fourth line (starting at the Excalibur entrance) will function separately.

Here’s the weird part… the company that will run the thing, Ziptrek, plans to have guides (zip line sherpas?) lead zippers through the course, delivering educational lectures about “sustainability and four conditions which must exist in a sustainable society” during the two hours it will take to complete the course. People will be clamoring to get on the zip lines just to escape from the hippie buzzkill. How long before they drop the unnecessary lectures?

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Five Hundy by Midnight #348: Interesting

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Five Hundy by Midnight #339: Teasers and Tangents

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The Las Vegas Strip Zip Line Race Begins

Thanks to the popularity of Flightlinez on Fremont Street, at least three Strip hotels may be getting zip lines of their own soon. According to a permit request from MGM Resorts International uncovered by @detroit1051, Luxor and Excalibur are planning up to four separate runs of four lines each. They would include:

  1. Excalibur entrance to roof of the pedestrian covered walkway at the southwest corner of Tropicana Ave. and the Strip. (500 feet)
  2. Top of the north side of the Luxor pyramid to the southwest corner of Excalibur. (950 feet)
  3. Roof of the southwest corner of Excalibur to a new platform at the northwest corner of Luxor’s east tower. (340 feet)
  4. New platform at the southeast corner of Luxor’s east tower to the roof of the Excalibur tram station. (1,440 feet)

Using my third-grade-level Photoshop skills, I put together a rough approximation of each zip line course’s route:

 

Meanwhile, across the street, Tropicana may be getting a zip line of its own. According to a recent Trop customer survey sent our way by @airportlimbo, “The zip line would run from the roof of our Club Tower down to the grassy area on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Tropicana Blvd. Riders would ‘fly’ over a portion of our pool and beach club area and land in a new structure that includes a new restaurant and bar with exceptional views of the flyers from take-off to landing as well as of the Las Vegas Strip.”

Based on that description, I’m thinking the route would look something like this:

 

So, the race to build the first Las Vegas Strip zip line is on. So many questions:

  • Who will build one first?
  • Will it happen before a Las Vegas Strip ferris wheel opens?
  • Will the zip line cables interfere with Parabounce?
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Five Hundy by Midnight 337: What the Hell is Wynn Thinking?

Las Vegas podcast #337 includes:

  • Cities of the Underworld opener
  • Thoughts on the Derek Stevens interview
  • Vegas Mate 3.5 is really great.
  • Wynn unveils new, absolutely horrible website.
  • Legionnaires Disease hits Luxor
  • Is Imperial Palace getting a Golden Corral?
  • Seablue rumors
  • Slush Bar is open at Bill’s
  • Splash Canyon opening is delayed
  • Travel Channel debuts new Vegas series
  • Finalists in our poetry contest, cosponsored by Viator
  • Listener calls about Absinthe, Zumanity, Palazzo, Cosmopolitan, new slot machines and more
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494

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