Vegas Earth-moving theme-park lets patrons operate heavy machinery

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  1. Nathan F says:

    Plus Diggerland in the UK is about £10 to get in. Well worth it for seeing an 8-year old giddy on fizzy drinks coming at you in ‘control’ of a 25-tonne JCB.

  2. IronEdithKidd says:

    Pro tip: You can rent smaller versions for around $400/day and actually do some work at your house while simultaneously fulfilling childhood fantasies of running construction equipment.

    For what it’s worth, I had more fun driving a fork truck than running an excavator.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Interestingly, in the new Lee Scratch Perry documentary, Lee relates how it was a gig moving earth as Jamaica built a highway to Montego Bay that was his first musical inspiration as a young man. The sound of rocks crunching filled him with a sense of aural majesty etc etc..

  4. jphilby says:

    Looks like they’re picking stuff that is slow and hard-to-tip-over. Bulldozers are absolutely clunky. Excavators also have a high snore-factor.

    Much more fun is the wheel-loader … tires and a bucket. For maximum thrills, only the huge two-engine earthscrapers will make ALL the cowboys happy!

  5. HDN says:

    I’ve driven both kinds of forklifts, warehouse and off road and while it’s useful to know how to do, as an all day affair it’s tiresome and boring.

    What I find odd, is that you’d think, “hey that’s an easy gig in construction, the machine does all the work,” but operators have a surprisingly high injury rate.

  6. TNGMug says:

    You too eh? I work in geotechnical as well, with some materials testing. I have never got to drive anything, but some of the technicians have. If I ever wanted to get the ticket though I certainly would know enough people to talk to about getting a job. It is fairly decent pay.

    Or I could go to this place and pay them to do this… Truthfully I think it’s kind of funny that this opened in vegas. Considering the local economics, how much surplus iron do you think is hanging around town? Kind of looks to me like somebody got creative with their desperate attempts to pay the loans on their equipment.

  7. wiredfool says:

    $400 is about the going day rate for a bobcat or mini-excavator from the local rental place. They’re not as big as a D5, but you can get some real work done.

    Hmm. Fathers day is coming up.

  8. obeyken says:

    That’s great, but how much to blow up a hotel?

  9. Brainspore says:

    The first vehicle I ever operated that had a stick-shift was a big-ol’ industrial tractor with a backhoe. Much of my late teens and early 20′s involved part-time work that younger kids fantasize about with Tonka trucks. Good times.

  10. phlavor says:

    My wife has a convention coming up so while she’s attending conferences about legal recruiting I can drive a freaking backhoe. Sweet. I think I’ll rent a Ferrari the next day.

  11. Waltb555 says:

    Wow. You could put up signs at an actual construction site and charge people big bucks to operate the machinery and do all your work for you.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I have only three words for this:AWESOME, AWESOME, and most AWESOME, this looks so fun to me.

  13. Anonymous says:

    daleedmunds:This looks so much, fun, and it sounds awesome!

  14. adamnvillani says:

    I have a female co-worker who used to work for her family’s small construction company, operating excavators and the like. She said that she almost never (or maybe it was never) encountered any other women in the industry.

    So I suppose it is interesting that half of the customers are women, considering how few go into the sort of work where operating these machines is a part of the job.

  15. Eye Open Doors says:

    I am daydreaming about someone taking one of those machines for a joy ride down the middle of the main strip, minus the people of course. I must still be bitter about the $300.00 I lost diddling with the Vegas loose slots.

  16. dargaud says:

    I’ve worked in a place where we were all allowed to drive those things after a five minute ‘tutorial’. There weren’t enough drivers and we all had to use them. They are FUN to drive, and much easier than a car. Of course you can wreck things in creative ways if you are not careful (cough cough backing over oil drums cough getting stuck in soft ground cough dropping a full 25 ton tank of jet fuel from a crane cough cough cough). Seams like a great idea to me. What could possibly go wrong ?

  17. dculberson says:

    It’s the grown-up version of the toy vacuum cleaners and toy lawn mowers we played with as a kid; make-believe work!

  18. Anonymous says:

    http://www.diggerland.com/

    You can even pay for entry with Tesco Clubcard vouchers.

  19. emmdeeaych says:

    To those of you who don’t do this for work: it’s very rewarding. I miss driving equipment.

  20. laukarlueng says:

    +20 for the interesting story… -10 for the broken window fallacy.

  21. templemere says:

    “Diggerland” in England have been doing this sort of thing for years.

  22. merreborn says:

    $400 is steep. I bet this could make a really kickass 14th birthday present though.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Enormous? Not even close. The machines listed are not even mid-sized.
    However, probably a blast for someone who has never been around equipment.

  24. Rajio says:

    “Half of our customers are females”

    wow what a coincidence! about half of our population is females! WOAH! [/sarcasm]

    Did the inclusion of this line really improve the post at all guys? come on….

    • GreenJello says:


      “Half of our customers are females”

      wow what a coincidence! about half of our population is females! WOAH!

      It’s interesting, there are definitely things that appeal more to one side or another of the gender divide.

      Personally, this sounds like a TON of fun!

    • kmoser says:

      That half their customers are female does add something of interest; just because half the population is female doesn’t mean half the population will necessarily gravitate towards it.

      What I do find a bit sexist is the following line: “Throttling up a powerful engine and moving mounds of earth is very empowering,” implying that women crave empowerment more than men do.

      • GreenJello says:

        What I do find a bit sexist is the following line: “Throttling up a powerful engine and moving mounds of earth is very empowering,” implying that women crave empowerment more than men do.

        Or maybe the spokeswoman is just offering an explanation for the surprising interest from women?

        I would expect something like this to be empowering to anybody.

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