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Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

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Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

I know been few threads about this so called ferris wheel construction lately... but here is an updated article with lots of details....

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Caesars gets key permit for Vegas Strip wheel

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced Wednesday that it obtained a key county permit to build the world's tallest observation wheel in a more than half-billion dollar retail, dining and entertainment complex it is developing on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Ferris-style wheel, dubbed the High Roller, is expected to stand 550 feet tall. It is the centerpiece of a planned $550 million development, dubbed LINQ, expected to open next year between the company's Harrah's Las Vegas, Imperial Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas casinos.

The height would eclipse the nearly 443-foot London Eye, which opened in 1999, and the 541-foot Singapore Flyer, which opened in 2008. Both were the tallest observation wheels in the world when they opened.

The Caesars project would also be taller than a 500-foot wheel called SkyVue currently under construction about 3 miles south on Las Vegas Boulevard. That wheel is also expected to open in late 2013.

Caesars project chief David Codiga said the amusement and transportation systems permit received Thursday from Clark County showed the High Roller - modeled after the London and Singapore structures - met rigorous national design, construction, maintenance, operation and safety standards.

"We learned from those experiences and we've used a design team with the experience to adapt them to Las Vegas," Codiga told The Associated Press. "This allows us to complete the project."

County spokesman Erik Pappa confirmed Wednesday that Caesars had been granted the permit.

As designed, the wheel is oriented parallel to the casino-lined Strip. It would have 28 air-conditioned bubble-like cabins capable of accommodating 40 people each. At capacity, more than 1,100 people at a time would see broad panoramas of marquee-lit resorts during a 30-minute revolution.

Codiga said Caesars has gotten inquiries already from people interested in weddings in the sky.

Jason Krolicki, project manager for Arup Engineering, said the structure was designed to exceed area seismic, wind and temperature extremes.

Codiga said a final certificate of operation won't be issued until the wheel is built, tested and commissioned.

Support structures are now about 200 feet high for the rival SkyVue wheel, being built by developer Howard Bulloch and Compass Investments across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay resort, near McCarran International Airport.

It is part of a $100 million privately funded development expected to include 50,000-square-foot LED screens and convention space capable of hosting concerts, sporting events and product launches.

Project representatives said Wednesday they expect SkyVue to receive its amusement and transportation systems permit with other county applications

That wheel's 32 gondolas, capable of holding 25 people each, would rotate perpendicular to the Strip.

"SkyVue's construction is moving full steam ahead and continues to make progress on a daily basis," Bulloch said in a statement Wednesday.

"Despite the fact that there may be two observation wheels on the Strip, we are confident in our project and believe that SkyVue will deliver a far superior view and overall experience," he said.

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1. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

So now there will be two wheels.

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2. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

If each '''gondola" on these wheels holds 25 and 40 passengers, I wonder how much a person can see from inside if each gondola is at max capacity? I can almost imagine everyone pushing and squeezing to be along the outer edge to get the maximum view. Well, hopefully not.

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3. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

Yea, first time I've heard of two wheels in Vegas. Why in the world do we need two of them in Vegas.

I give 7 to 5 odds that both are closed in 5 years !!

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4. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

The 2 wheels have been known for a year now. Only new news is that they got the permit they need for the one at Linq. I don't do heights...the idea of being on an enclosed height oriented ride for 30 minutes with possible drunks doesn't interest me. I do think all the "extras" around the wheel, shows, dining, shopping will be the true attraction. Hope all goes well for both ventures.

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5. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

If I remember correctly they were close in the timing of their announcements, bet both are peeved the other exists

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6. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

5 years is a bit quick considering the time spent on construction, but one of them gone in 10 years? I'd take that bet.

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7. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

I've been on the London Eye and even if the pod is to capacity, there's still plenty of room to move about and get a good panoramic view, you are not jam packed........sounds like a good idea.

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8. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

Was in Vegas in June and did not see another wheel - were we drunk!!! ??????????????LOL??????

And the London Eye when full to capacity in a "pod" was no problem - could still see everything- maybe this will be the same????????????

I think this will be great for LV Only my opinion!!!

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9. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

How much would you pay to ride a giant ferris wheel?

$10 each, $20?

imagine there are 4 of you, would you pay $80 to ride it?

I wouldnt.

i might ride it if i have a coupon and can take some beer but probably not.

here are the london eye prices to get an idea

londoneye.com/TicketsAndPrices/…Default.aspx

Edited: 6:42 pm, July 28, 2012
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10. Re: Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel Worlds Largest

Me neither eddie !!

Like I said before

"I give 7 to 5 odds that both are closed in 5 years !!"