This post and experience were sponsored by FlyOver in Las Vegas in partnership with Pursuit.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! — It’s YOU!
If you’ve ever felt like flying just like your favourite superhero, but with considerably more safety measures in place, one of Las Vegas’ newest attractions might be for you.
I just got back from the Entertainment Capital of the World and got a chance to fly over some of North America’s most stunning vistas, all without leaving the strip!
FlyOver is the ultimate ride that gives you the feeling of flying by using immersive and state-of-the-art technology. It’s such a fun experience that it’s honestly not surprising at all that it has been nominated by USA TODAY as one of the best new attractions of 2021.
The entrance to FlyOver is actually right on the strip, across the street from the Park MGM and Eataly. It’s on a pretty busy part of the strip, but look for the bright red FlyOver sign and, within a matter of a few seconds, you will feel like you’re in a completely different world (which if you’ve ever been to the Las Vegas you know is a good thing every now and then)!
As you make your way through to the lobby of FlyOver, you’ll want to keep your camera handy as it offers up some pretty fantastic Instagram-worthy shots. The light tunnels are so fun, you’d be forgiven to think that walking through them was the ride, but soon you’ll be in the lobby and that’s when the real fun begins!
There are two choices of shows to choose from: The Real Wild West, which has you soaring over picturesque destinations, while your feet are seemingly dangling over places like the Las Vegas Strip, the Grand Canyon, Zion and Arches National Parks, and Lake Tahoe. The other show has you flying over Iceland, a place I’ve always dreamed of going to see. If you choose this movie, you’ll soon be soaring over the top of iconic Icelandic locations: reiðamerkurjökull Glacier, Mountains of Hörgársveit, Island of Elliðaey, Aldeyjarfoss Waterfalls, City of Reykjavík and more.
But it’s not just the 52-foot vibrant spherical screen that will leave you feeling like you’re flying high above. The mesh-seats and platform are engineered to move with the movie, it really feels like you’re flying! If I could provide you a little tip: Enjoy the ride. I know that’s simple to say and may be harder to do, but what I mean is try not to think about it too much. Try to let go of your everyday stress, take a deep breath, and take in the whole experience. It’s honestly the most peaceful and exciting thing I’ve done in years and I would happily do it over and over again to recapture those feelings.
FlyOver is actually a thrill for all of your senses because you also feel the wind as you go nosediving into the Grand Canyon, and cool mist as you hang ten with surfers riding the biggest waves captured on film in 20 years in San Francisco. There are even location-specific scents like sweetgrass as you fly over a group of Indigenous people performing a traditional ceremony.
When the ride is done, you’ll definitely want to talk about it and soak in everything you just experienced. I went on the ride with a few other writers and afterward, we met up at The Lost Cactus, which is right in the lobby and talked about everything we saw. It was incredible that even on a 52-foot screen, we all experienced it differently. We talked about all the little details and things that we saw, felt, and smelled. It was like we had traveled the world together, but experienced completely different trips!
The Lost Cactus is actually a bit of a hidden gem right on the Strip, because the bar makes fantastic drinks that honour some of the places you just flew over like the Prickly Pear Margarita, Sin City Cocktail and the Durango to Silverton. It’s also a nice place to sit, catch up with friends and plan out the rest of your Las Vegas experience.
One of the things I love about FlyOver is that it’s hard to imagine not loving it. It’s not particularly scary (if at all), but it is thrilling. It really does feel like you’re flying and gives you a chance to see things that you might not ever get to experience in real life. To me, it’s what a ride is supposed to be: Fun, memorable and joyous enough that you immediately want to get back on and do it all over again!