500-foot high VooDoo Zipline opens at Rio

A nervous energy bubbled high atop the Rio, on the patio on the 50th floor, where men and women of all shapes and sizes queued up to be the first to ride the new VooDoo ZipLine on Sunday.

More than a year in the making, the attraction finally opened about 1 p.m.

Rio Vice President and Assistant General Manager Dan Walsh said it took a little longer than anticipated, because they wanted it to be as safe as possible.

Walsh expects it to be a boon for business.

“It always helps to have an attraction like this,” he said. “We hope it’ll bring more people off the Strip to the Rio.”

He also said the ride is unique due to its height and the fact that it’s motorized, rather than depending on gravity. The VooDoo ZipLine spans about a third of a mile between the Rio’s 51-story Masquerade Tower to the 20-story Ipanema Tower.

Rides cost $27.49 before 5:30 p.m. and $42.50 after. If you want another go, second rides are discounted. People younger than 21 are not allowed to ride after 8:30 p.m.

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