The recently opened Las Vegas High Roller officially entered the Guinness World Records book as the tallest observation wheel in the world on Thursday (as reported by theLas Vegas Sun April 18, 2014). A special ceremony was attended by more than 300 guests including the High Roller project team, contractors and crews, Caesars Entertainment executives, media, and special guests on Thursday in Las Vegas. Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric officially recognized the High Roller as the world’s tallest observation wheel at the ceremony.
At 550 feet in height, the High Roller bested the Singapore Flyer wheel by 9 feet. In order to enter the Guinness record book, the wheel team had to submit an info package regarding the design and construction and an independent surveyor report verifying the diameter of the wheel to Guinness officials. Total diameter of the wheel and permanent construction were primary prerequisites for entry into the record books.
The High Roller is the focal point for Caesars Entertainment’s ongoing LINQ project in the mid-Strip area in Las Vegas. The company has marketed the new area through touting of the High Roller as the world’s tallest Ferris / observation wheel, which officially opened to the public on March 31, 2014. That label has now been officially granted by the Guinness group.
Check out previous LVE articles regarding the High Roller linked below.
Las Vegas’s newest attraction is a 550-foot (167.4-meter) tall observation wheel in The LINQ, a shopping and dining district in Paradise, Nevada.
March 1, 2014
The Ferris wheel, called High Roller, is the world’s tallest observation wheel and beat the previous record holder, the Singapore Flyer, by 9 feet (2.75 meters). After nearly three years of planning and construction, it finally opened to the public on March 31, 2014.
The High Roller features a 520-foot (158.5-meter) diameter giant wheel and has 28 transparent spherical cabins that can accommodate up to 40 people each, which means 1,120 passengers can ride it at the same time. The cabins are mounted outboard of the rim and are individually turned by electric motors to keep the floor horizontal throughout the wheel’s rotation.
The impressive wheel is illuminated at sunset by an LED system which includes no less than 2,000 lights and can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors around the rim or custom displays for special events.
According to Amusing Planet, the High Roller takes 30 minutes to make one complete revolution, moving at 1 foot (0.30 meters) per second. So, it gives passengers enough time to admire the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding valley.
Ticket prices vary from $24.95 (€18) for day time rides to $34.95 (€25) during the night.
If I ever get the chance to visit Las Vegas, I would surely enjoy a ride in this enormous wheel.
World’s tallest Ferris wheel opens in Vegas
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Would you like to see Las Vegas from 550 feet in the air?
The High Roller Ferris Wheel is now open in Las Vegas — and it’s giving people a bird’s eye view of Sin City. A 550 feet high — it’s being billed as the world’s largest observation wheel. Jon Gray joins FOX6 WakeUp with the details.
LAS VEGAS — At 550 feet, the highest point on the highest observation wheel in the world, Tony Anouvongs takes a selfie and sends it to his 16-year-old daughter.
“My daughter requested it,” he says of the High Roller wheel. “She seemed so excited to have me ride it and take a selfie for her.”
Everyone around him is snapping Smartphone photos of the 360-degree view of the sun setting over Vegas and the mountains surrounding it. One woman is Face Timing with her mother. Once the sun sets, the High Roller’s 2,000 LED lights turn on, and the wheel, which resembles a bicycle tire with a hub and a spindle, turns into a giant kaleidoscope.
Anouvongs, a security corporal at the Flamingo Las Vegas, is one of the first people to ride Las Vegas’ newest attraction, which got its official operating permit from Clark County last week and opens to the public today at 1 p.m.
Las Vegas has always been known for being over-the-top. With the opening of the High Roller, commissioned by Caesars Entertainment, it has taken that reputation to another level.
The highly anticipated High Roller, which only Caesars employees and select media (USA TODAY is the first) have been able to ride since Thursday, has dramatically changed the Vegas Skyline, competing with the likes of Paris Hotel and Casino’s Eiffel Tower replica and the Stratosphere observation deck.
It’s already beat its competitors around the world. At about 51 stories high, it’s taller than the Singapore Flyer, the Star of Nanchang in China, and the London Eye, which until this week made up the triumvirate of tallest observation wheels. The High Roller can fit up to 1,120 people.
“It’s really an art piece on the Las Vegas skyline, from the dynamic lighting sequences to the overall engineering and architecture that it adds to the skyline,” says Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of the LINQ, the open-air dining, retail and entertainment district where the High Roller is located. “It’s a new icon that everyone, locals and tourists alike, have embraced. We’ve really enhanced the Las Vegas skyline.”
With 28 cabins that can fit up to 40 people each, the High Roller is the focal point of the LINQ, which has been opening in phases since Dec. 27.
The LINQ, which will eventually have 30 venues, is located in the center of the Strip between The Quad Resort and Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas and directly across from Caesars Palace.
“It required a big anchor to really make that work,” says Greg Miller, executive vice president of domestic development for Caesars Entertainment. “If you think of the history of Las Vegas, it’s been hard to get people too far off the Strip. We needed something big, something audacious, almost, to compel people to come that far off the Strip.”
It’s not the first time someone in Vegas has tried to build an observation wheel. The partially constructed Skyvue is still visible on the south end of the Strip, far short of the 500 feet it was supposed to reach.
But luck was on the side of Caesars Entertainment, which spent $550 million on the High Roller and LINQ.
The High Roller had its inaugural ride on Thursday.
On Friday, employees are giddy as they wait to get in.
A video starring Lucas Dick (comedian Andy Dick’s son) explains to visitors in a humorous way the logistics of getting through the High Roller.
“It’s the highest party in Vegas,” he says.
Employees scan tickets with handheld devices before sending visitors up an escalator, where five cameras take photos of each group in front of green screens that will be digitally enhanced with scenes of the High Roller.
The next room has a full bar. This is Vegas, after all.
“We want them to bring drinks aboard,” says Eric Eberhart, general manager of the High Roller.
Eberhart says if people are willing to pay to reserve a cabin, he can have a bar and bartender set up. He already has a cabin reserved for a wedding this summer.
“If you want to, I will even arrange to have Elvis marry you,” Eberhart says.
He doesn’t say how much that would cost. The High Roller will open to the public today at 4 p.m. EST. A variety of ticketing options will be available online and on-site starting at $24.95, plus fees. The High Roller will be open seven days a week 365 days a year.
In the next room, a 270-degree video screen loops six different videos by up-and-coming filmmakers, including — not surprisingly — a cheeky cartoon tribute to Elvis Presley singing “Viva Las Vegas.”
I finally make it to the platform, where employees are loading people into each 44,000-pound cabin. The wheel never stops turning so you have to get on it quickly. But not too quickly as it only moves 0.89 feet per second, or half the normal walking speed.
Each cabin has 300 square feet of glass, so you’re guaranteed a great view. There are orange benches on each end. But mostly, people stand.
I ride with several employees. Two of them, like me, are afraid of heights and stay seated.
But the cabin feels like it’s hardly moving, and after a few minutes the jitters start disappearing. I feel like I’m floating in air.
“I feel okay. It’s steady,” says Sandra Lombardo, a digital marketing specialist for Caesars who says she can’t even sit in a window seat on an airplane.
The entire ride takes about 30 minutes. We have an expansive view of the entire Strip. We see the Wynn, LVH to the north, and down to Mandalay Bay on the south. If you know where to look, you can even see outlying casinos like Red Rock. The famous Bellagio fountains go off while we’re in the air.
Back at the bottom, I hop off and decide to return to watch the sunset from the wheel.
I get back on around 6:40 p.m. and watch the sun disappear behind the mountains. All is well, until we are almost at the peak and the wheel stops. An announcer says over the loudspeaker that there’s a medical emergency in one of the cabins. A few minutes later he lets us know that an “abnormality” has been detected and that we would be moving shortly.
The atmosphere becomes tense but after a few minutes, we begin moving again.
I learn later that several computers and monitors are in place to detect anything out of the ordinary and alert engineers to check various functions of the wheel. Once the medical emergency was taken care of, the computers sent out an alert. The engineers checked, and everything was fine.
We continue our journey, iPhone cameras in hand, nerves back in check.
I ask Anouvongs if he’d ride the High Roller again. “Absolutely,” he says. “When do we get to bring the family?”
Linq observation wheel passes another hurdle toward full operation
Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 4:53 p.m.
The High Roller
The High Roller, the towering observation wheel located within Caesars Entertainment’s new Linq development, has been granted an operating permit from Clark County.
A company spokeswoman said today the 550-foot High Roller was “in the final stages of preparation” to welcome its first ticketed passengers. The observation wheel’s 28 cabins are designed to hold up to 40 passengers for a 30-minute ride, the time it takes for the entire wheel to rotate.
The High Roller is the tallest observation wheel in the world — taller than the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. It’s located within the Linq, a $550 million entertainment complex between the Quad and Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip.
Caesars executives have said they expected between 4 million and 5 million riders in the wheel’s first year of operation
Linq Las Vegas is betting on non-gaming entertainment attraction
LAS VEGAS – In this town, where “wow” is a prerequisite for anything new, Caesars Entertainment Inc., the company behind the $550 million Linq retail/dining/entertainment venue being built at the heart of the Strip, boasts that it will be the next must-see attraction, luring gamblers and non-gamblers alike.
Caesars Entertainment, of course, also owns Bally’s, Showboat, Harrah’s Resort and Caesars in Atlantic City, as well as Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester.
And at an event on the terrace at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace announcing the project’s first tenants, Gary Loveman, Caesars Entertainment chairman and CEO, said the Linq is just the type of non-gaming attraction that Atlantic City is focusing on.
“Something of this general sort, I think, could work in Atlantic City as we try to widen the attractions in the city,” he said.
The centerpiece of the Vegas development is the High Roller, being billed as one of the world’s tallest Ferris wheels. True to its name, at 550 feet it will soar higher than the Singapore Flyer and be 107 feet taller than the London Eye, and will feature 28 enclosed observation cabins that will hold up to 40 passengers each.
There will be nowhere to gamble at the Linq, reflecting what the Strip will see more of, industry observers say.
“We’re standing here, overlooking the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevards, which is at the heart of everyone’s visit to the Strip, whether you stay with us or not,” Loveman said. “What we had hoped to do here is to create a place where everyone in Vegas would have a reason to come and gather, to meet among friends or business associates, and to introduce an experience that was not just gaming.”
The three-story complex is called Linq because, when it is completed next year, it will link three Caesars properties: the Flamingo, the Imperial Palace (soon to be renamed the Quad), and Harrah’s.
“We recognized that we had the capacity to cater to customers that were visiting our competitors to the north and to the south, and to create a very special experience here at the center of the Las Vegas Strip,” Loveman said.