The High Roller Ferris wheel's multi-colored lighting system was tested for the initial time in Las Vegas on Jan. 15, 2014 and it successfully added some glow to America's favorite destination city, according to Vegas Chatter. The High Roller, standing at 550 feet tall, has been marketed as the world's tallest Ferris / observation wheel and is considered the focal point of Caesars Entertainment Corporation's $550 million LINQ project.
The wheel is located in the heart of the Vegas Strip just behind and east of The Quad and Flamingo resorts and essentially forms the back boundary and primary attraction of the planned (and significantly completed) LINQ retail area. Many Vegas locals and visitors, including many air passengers landing at McCarran Airport, assaulted social media forums regarding the big wheel's light show. Routine testing of the lighting system will be ongoing for at least the next two weeks.
The High Roller is comprised of 28 enclosed air-conditioned passenger cabins (225 square feet per cabin) that have a capacity of 40 passengers each. Each ride on the wheel lasts 30 minutes and will feature video and music shows on 8 flat-screen televisions in each cabin. Each 30-minute ride will involve one full revolution of the massive wheel, providing for an inspiring 360-degree view of the Las Vegas valley.
Reports suggest that the attraction ride will open to the public sometime in late February or March 2014. Costs per ride estimates have varied between $20 and $35 per person...we won't know until they post the signs, apparently. Line up, folks.
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