The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is preparing to add its next big thrill.
Best described as a “controlled freefall,” SkyJump Las Vegas will offer adrenaline junkies the opportunity to plummet 855ft from the tower’s 108th floor. Sound like fun?
The attraction will provide participants with a breathtaking view of the world famous Las Vegas Strip …if they can bear to keep their eyes open. It is expected to open this April, joining the existing trio of thrill rides on top of the Stratosphere Tower – the Big Shot tower ride, X-Scream see-saw drop and Insanity swing.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring SkyJump Las Vegas to the Stratosphere,” says Frank Riolo, CEO of American Casino & Entertainment Properties. “This will be not onlyNorth America’s only SkyJump but also the highest in the world.”
A similar attraction can already be found operating in Auckland, New Zealand. In Las Vegas, guests will be given a short safety lesson and then kitted out in custom “jump suits.” Connected to a patented high-speed “descender” and led to the edge of a small platform, they will leap out. Guide wires keep riders from straying off course in this safe yet audacious experience. Just prior to reaching the ground, the machine slows the rider down, bringing them to a controlled and safe landing.
“While the entire experience, from preparation to landing, takes just 30 minutes, the thrill will last a lifetime,” adds Riolo. “The Stratosphere has made a commitment to reinvesting in our property at all levels and this will be an outstanding addition for everyone – whether you’re making the leap yourself or watching others daring enough to do it.”