Friday, April 08, 2011

"leaping off the platform"

SkyJump Las Vegas, an 885-foot controlled free-fall thrill ride, opened April 20, 2010 at the Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, setting a new Guinness World Record along the way.

Similar to skydiving or base jumping, SkyJumpers literally leap off the platform to descend to the landing pad below. To make the leap from the 108th floor of the hotel, riders first are suited-up in Stratosphere's custom jump suits and connected to a patented high-speed descender machine.

Dan Ball skyjumps 829 feet from Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino to open SkyJump Las Vegas. His jump also breaks the Guinness World Record for highest decelerator decent. SkyJump Las Vegas / Eric Jamison photo

SkyJump Las Vegas costs $99.99 per person per jump, and riders must be 14 years old to jump. Those jumping also have the option of having their SkyJump recorded on DVD and a photo.

"Ideally situated high above the show-stopping Vegas Strip, SkyJump is a must-do for anyone looking to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush," said Frank Riolo, CEO of American Casino & Entertainment Properties. "Between screams of excitement and the rush of wind in their hair, riders will experience an unmatched view of the city day or night and a thrill that will last a lifetime."

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