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FlyOver, Las Vegas’ first flight ride attraction, now open

by Brittani Tuttle

Las Vegas’ first flight ride attraction, FlyOver, has officially opened to guests on the iconic Strip. The high-tech adventure will take guests on a multi-sensory journey over 22 U.S. destinations in an original flight ride film titled “The Real Wild West.”

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Photos courtesy of FlyOver

“We are thrilled to officially open our first FlyOver location in the U.S. and debut ‘The Real Wild West’ film,” said Lisa Adams, vice president of FlyOver Attractions. “This flight ride brings a completely new type of entertainment experience to Las Vegas, perfect for visitors of all ages.”

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FlyOver utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give visitors the feeling of flight. Shown in 8K resolution on a 52.5-foot screen, location-specific mists, scents and wind fully immerse guests in the action taking place all around them on a spherical screen. The film includes landmarks found in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

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The 25-minute experience begins with a six-minute pre-show by Montreal-based Moment Factory. Here, guests learn the history of the booms and busts of the American West, complete with scenes like the Cambrian explosion and the ghost towns of Gold Rush, shown on a dynamic 360-degree video wall.

After the pre-show, guests then board the flight ride, soaring to great heights above land, sea and sky — all punctuated by a musical score by Grammy-nominated composer Tom Holkenborg.

Highlight destinations and sights in the film include:

  • Crashing 65-foot waves at Lost Coast, just south of Jackass Creek
  • A dual floor gate release that happens once every 11 years at Roosevelt Dam in Arizona
  • Potash pools in Moab
  • Bellagio Fountains and The Strip in Las Vegas
  • A solar eclipse over a volcanic peak in Oregon’s Cascade Volcanic Arc
  • Winter beauty in Yellowstone National Park with a team of stallions
  • Water skiing in winter show at Cascade Lake
  • A Hualapai traditional “Bird Dance” in the Grand Canyon
  • A speed demon Streamliner soaring over Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah
  • Two Navajo horseback riders traversing Monument Valley, Ariz.
  • Western movie set action in Goldfield Ghost Town, Ariz.
  • Fly fishing in the woods outside of Telluride, Colo.
  • The vantage point of a wingsuiter as they descend Washington’s Stehekin Mountain

Some of the creative minds behind “The Real Wild West” include creative director and former Walt Disney Imagineer Rick Rothschild and Cannes Lion Award-winning film director Dave Mossop of Sherpas Cinema.

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Before or after the ride, guests can peruse FlyOver’s lobby that transports guests from The Strip to a zen-like slot canyon. Entering from Las Vegas Boulevard, guests will happen upon an “endless hallway” that detaches them from the sounds and action of the world outside. Imagery, sound, color and lighting are used to take guests to the bottom of a canyon where The Lost Cactus bar offers a variety of food and beverage options, like mocktails and specialty frozen drinks.

FlyOver is located next to the Hard Rock Café and across from T-Mobile Arena on Las Vegas Boulevard, and is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. to guests of all ages. Tickets start at $24 for children and $34 for adults; children must be at least 40 inches tall to ride.

To learn more, visit FlyOverLasVegas.com.

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