The casino was forced to shut down on June 10th after the county authorities closed the road due to Missouri River flooding. The first of two amphibious vehicles, also known as “ducks”, began operating yesterday morning and will run from 10:00 am to 2:00 am daily until further notice.
The “ducks” offer tour bus style seating and can carry up to 28 passengers per trip to and from WinnaVegas Casino Resort. Patrons will park in the lot that was previously a gas station located across from the WinnaVegas Inn. Patrons need to pay $10 to board the “ducks” and receive a $10 Free Play for casino play in exchange. Guests under 17 years of age will get a free buffet at WinnaVegas’ Flower’s Island Restaurant.
WinnaVegas will return to its regular 24-hour operation as flood conditions improve. Flowers Island Restaurant and the River’s Edge Gift Shop will be open during these same hours.
“These ‘ducks’ have been used for tourism in many parts of the country. The Dells, the Ozarks, and Branson just to name a few. During the short ride, the tires will most likely never leave the ground and the propellers will never run because the water is not high enough to require the vehicles ‘boat’ features to engage. It really is a very comfortable and fun ride.” says Deana Whistler, Interim Marketing Director at WinnaVegas Casino & Resort.