Fremont Street Experience’s SlotZilla zip line open
By F. ANDREW TAYLOR/LVRJ
It’s one thing to enjoy the over-the-top signs in Las Vegas. It’s quite another thing to climb up inside one and jump off.
SlotZilla, the zip line through the Fremont Street Experience that launches from a 12-story slot-machine-themed platform, opened to the public at noon Sunday. Every time period for the ride sold out on its first day.
The operators had hoped to do the final testing on Friday, moving up from sending dummies down the ride to sending friends and family of the staff, but high winds pushed that back to Saturday.
A sneak peek at the contemporary and breathtaking Cromwell at center Strip
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Fans of Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon aren’t going to recognize the new jewel-box boutique hotel Cromwell Las Vegas that has risen from its shell. This is no “lipstick on a pig” conversion. This is a total transformation, and its new look is contemporary and breathtaking.
That’s even before star chef Giada De Laurentiis moves in to open her first-ever restaurant and before nightlife czar Victor Drai officially opens the first-ever, two-level, rooftop dayclub and nightclub. And wait till you explore Curios.
The property originally started its new look as part of the Gansevoort empire, but licensing problems with one of its overseas investors forced Caesars Entertainment to go it alone, and the construction design team improved on the first-planned designs with newer, fresher and more modern innovations.
MGM Resorts, Cirque to build 33-acre, open-air venue to host Rock in Rio in Las Vegas
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Rock in Rio, one of the world’s largest music festivals, is set for Las Vegas in May 2015 and is a partnership among MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil, billionaire Ron Burkle (who owns the Fresh & Easy grocery story chain here) and Roberto Medina, who founded the headliner concerts 30 years ago.
MGM plans to transform 33 acres of prime real estate near Sahara Avenue and its property Circus Circus into a permanent City of Rock open-air concert venue to host the first Rock in Rio USA with a daily capacity of 80,000 people to view five stages.
Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts International, said: “It will serve as a major tourism driver for Las Vegas expected to draw well over 300,000 people to our city over the four days of the concert.
MGM RESORTS UNVEILS EXPANDED PLANS, PROGRAMMING FOR “THE PARK” IN LAS VEGAS
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has unveiled expanded plans and the first look at programming for its dynamic park, dining and entertainment district taking shape on the west side of The Strip. Creating an interactive neighborhood environment, The Park will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts and the new 20,000-seat world-class Las Vegas arena currently in development by MGM and AEG. New York-New York and Monte Carlo both are undergoing significant transformations of their Strip-facing experiences into robust plaza environments featuring casual eateries, bars, restaurants and retail destinations that will ultimately lead to The Park.
When it opens in 2016 in conjunction with the arena, The Park will create an immersive outdoor destination spanning more than eight acres. Both New York-New York and Monte Carlo will transform their park-facing facades with a series of unique indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment venues, cultivating a vibrant patio culture that encompasses The Park’s landscaped spaces.
To create a harmonious dialogue between resorts, Rue de Monte Carlo, the adjacent street providing access from Las Vegas Boulevard, will be realigned as a gently curving, tree-lined parkway: a grand approach to the new arena. New cobblestone walkways in front of New York-New York and Monte Carlo will lead guests into The Park from both directions and blend seamlessly with the mosaic tile patterns that canvas the space.
Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said, “Beautiful public places are highlights of many of the world’s finest cities, and Las Vegas shouldn’t be the exception. The Park will be the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip and is an embodiment of MGM Resorts’ commitment to engaging guests through arts and innovation. To create this picturesque outdoor destination, we are literally taking down the walls and opening the doors at