Reach New Heights with LIFTOFF
Contributed By Debbie Hall
(Photos courtesy of Area15)
AREA15, Las Vegas’ immersive art, events, and entertainment district, debuted LIFTOFF—a panoramic skyline experience. The 7-minute open-air panoramic ride and aerial experience lifts guests 130 feet into the sky to enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas, while enjoying an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.
The new attraction next to Art Island in front of AREA15 features an outdoor moving balloon ride and the LIFTOFF Lounge, an open-air bar, lounge, and event space.
AREA15 launched the official flight of LIFTOFF following a spectacular light and sound choreographed show, and live performances to original music compositions by Dale Fleischman. AREA15 Chief Creative Officer Michael Beneville welcomed guests for the first rides on LIFTOFF.
Manufactured by Aerophile using over 44 tons of steel, the world leader in a balloon flight, LIFTOFF is the first of its kind built in the United States and was inspired by those seeking the exhilaration of vistas that only high-altitude vantage points offer. The experience begins at the base of the attraction’s triple-helix tower in the LIFTOFF Lounge. “Gilly,” a 21-foot-long and 16-foot-high original steel sculpture by Las Vegas artist Orion Fredericks, greets guests. Riders choose from a selection of beer, wine, cocktails, or alcohol-free drinks before they board. After being strapped into LIFTOFF’s 16-seat gondola, guests then ascend 130 feet: personally witnessing a 360-degree panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas.
LIFTOFF features sophisticated lighting and sound capabilities creating an immersive experience. In addition, the LIFTOFF Lounge provides an appealing, open-air hospitality space available for corporate events, private parties, and weddings.
AREA15 is the world’s first purpose-built immersive entertainment district offering live events, immersive activations, monumental art installations, unique design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars, and eateries.
AREA15 is located at 3215 S. Rancho Drive, minutes from the Strip, with the ticketed attraction located at the west parking lot off Sirius Avenue. Visit area15.com/experiences/liftoff.