Slackline athlete Mickey Wilson leads on his line as Andy Lewis attempts to set the world record for the longest urban highline walk outside the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 | 1:27 p.m.
Slackliner Andy Lewis, second from right, and cast members of Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson One" on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.
Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” and Gibbon Slacklines partnered Wednesday on a record-breaking highline walk from Mandalay Bay’s exterior and House of Blues Foundation Room 63 floors above the Strip. The walk kicked off the 2013 World Slackline Federation Slackline World Cup Finals at “One” theater today.
Daredevil Gibbon athlete and slackliner Andy Lewis, who performed with Madonna during her Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show in 2011, set a world record for the longest urban highline walk. Lewis forged a 480-foot-high and 360-foot-long slackline running parallel to the Strip and rigged from two of Mandalay Bay’s towers.
Hayden Nickell, Jon Fait and Mickey Wilson, three of the world’s top slackliners, simultaneously performed tricks on individual slacklines.
“We’re no strangers to executing gravity-defying stunts,” said Emilio Torres, VP of sales at Gibbon Slacklines, in a news release. “However, this mega-stunt brings slacklining to a new level and showcases what the incredible Gibbon athletes can pull off. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Mandalay Bay and Cirque du Soleil to show the world what we can do.”
The 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals is free and open to all ages. Details: GibbonSlacklines.com/Vegas. Meantime, Lewis watched a performance of “One” on Wednesday night.
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Foundation Room Accessible only by private elevator, the Foundation Room sits atop the Mandalay Bay on the 43rd floor in an enviable perch. Once a members-only venue, the low-lit lounge is now open to the public nightly with events ranging from dance music nights to burlesque shows. Authentic artifacts from India and Tibet, intricately carved wood-paneled walls and lush fabrics lend an Eastern, mystical ambiance.
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Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel, with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel-within-a-hotel, offering 424 rooms and suites; and the stand-alone all-suite THEhotel which will be redesigned and rebranded Delano Las Vegas in late 2013.
Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise, featuring real sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city.
Other property highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Mandalay Bay’s offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
In 2013, Mandalay Bay will become home to a resident Cirque du Soleil production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
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