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Zip line to launch riders high from Rio’s VooDoo Lounge

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Courtesy of Rio Hotel & Casino

The Rio’s VooDoo Zip Line will open in early November.

Resort officials today announced the ride will be open to the public from noon to midnight daily, but a solid opening date has not been set.

Riders must be 21 or older to ride the zip line after 8:30 p.m. From noon to 5:30 p.m., the ride costs $24.99 per person and from 5:30 p.m. to midnight it is $37. Service fees are attached to both packages.

About 400 feet off the ground, the two-seat zip ride launches at the VooDoo Lounge, atop the Rio’s 50-story Masquerade tower. Riders zip 800 feet at 33 mph before coming to a short rest at the Rio’s Impamena Tower, where riders are then launched backward, toward where they began.

Created by New Capital Ventures partners Joe Shortal and Jonathan Borchetta, and Stan Checketts, the maker of more than 200 amusement rides, the VooDoo Zip Line lasts 1 minute, 10 seconds.

A reservation system is planned to reduce wait times. Riders will be able to eat, gamble and walk the property while waiting their turns.

Riders will be notified via a cell-phone alert when it’s their turn. Before boarding, all riders will receive a safety briefing.

“The ride is going to bring a completely new level of excitement to the Rio,” said Kevin Donnelly, director of hotel operations.

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