The Linq Promenade, Caesars Entertainment's open-air entertainment hub on the Las Vegas Strip, will soon get another amusement-park style attraction. The home to the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel, will see the addition of the Fly Linq zipline experience, slated to debut in late 2018. Barring any as-yet-unannounced developments, it will be the first and only zipline on the Strip - and join Fremont Street's SlotZilla as the second ziplining opportunity in town.
The $20 million Fly Linq will be developed by the team behind the High Roller, and feature 10 side-by-side ziplines -- compared to SlotZilla's four. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2018.
"Fly LINQ will further establish the Linq Promenade as a must-visit destination, particularly for distinctive Las Vegas entertainment experiences," said Bob Morse, president of hospitality for Caesars Entertainment. "This new experience will join the Linq Promenade's growing number of thrilling and memorable entertainment, dining and retail options."
Preliminary plans call for an elevator that will provide open views of the Strip, carrying riders to the top of a 122-foot-high launch tower to begin their rides. Passengers will be fitted for their gear, and will choose to ride in either a seated or "Superman" position, depending on their level of adventurousness.
From there, the seated and supermen alike will zip eastward, flying 1,080 feet above the Linq Promenade. Following the flight, they will disembark near the base of the High Roller. Professional, in-flight photos of the passengers will be available for purchase.
The automated ride system will be custom-built, using technology developed by global zipline-construction experts. The design calls for two automated gear-retrieval lines as well, to keep the lines moving quickly.
Caesars is partnering with Xventure on the project, a company that specializes in thrill rides in urban locations. Xventure will lead both the development and operations of Fly Linq, and the project will be managed by High Roller vets Themed Development Management.