Construction zooms ahead on Slotzilla, High Roller in Las Vegas

It’s a week of milestones in the construction of Las Vegas’ newest coming attractions, Slotzilla and the High Roller.

A rendering of Slotzilla.

If you’ve noticed a lot of people walking around Fremont Street with their faces pointed towards the sky, it might be because the multilevel zip ride Slotzilla at the Fremont Street Experience received its first zippy cable last night. Fremont Street will experience nightly closures in order to accommodate installation of the further cables.

Meanwhile on the Las Vegas Strip, the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller, added its first passenger cabin today.

The High Roller added its first passenger cabin today. (Photo by Denise Truscello).

The 44,000-pound, spherical, glass-enclosed pod was transported 10 miles from its assembly site to its home at the Linq via a police escort.

The Linq — which is expected to open in December 2013 — is a $550 million open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, located between The Quad Resort & Casino and the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip.

When the High Roller opens in February 2014, there will be 28 cabins total, each of which will hold 40 passengers.