During the zoning commission meeting, Metroflag admitted they were finally out of bankruptcy and only recently turned their attention to this plot of land. Perhaps, they have short memories. Way back in 2006 they were trying to turn it into "a hotel, casino, entertainment, retail, commercial and residential development project." Who wasn't?
They have at least started a current paper trail. London Thrill Park (Las Vegas) Inc. was formed in September last year. A previous LLC with the same name was dissolved so it didn't work once before. They've also trademarked the name. Trips off the tongue, doesn't it?
Amazingly, it's not the first or second time a London-themed attraction has been proposed. Three times the charm? The indispensable Vegas Today And Tomorrow features renderings of the two previous failed dream resorts. Both featured Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster and an observation wheel. You know how they turned out.
The commission pushed for more London Thrill details, but were told it would be about six months before they'd be presented. Hinting at skepticism, Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani expressed her belief the SkyVue Super Wheel was not going to be completed. That's despite her and her colleagues doing everything in their powers to help Skyvue along. And, she suggested that merely a "nice idea" should no longer be grounds for construction approval. Giunchigliani bemoaned the current "idea du jour" trend that has resulted now in three observation wheels and multiple stadium proposals.
That's a County Commissioner, with access to inside knowledge, saying she doesn't believe the Skyvue observation wheel will be finished. We've been roundly criticized for saying exactly that, for months and months. And, we're telling you now -- in our considered opinion -- the London Thrill Park observation wheel will never turn. Never. If Metroflag Cable has never been able to clean up their eyesore properties and still thinks in terms of temporary retail, why do they think they can create a $50 million theme park property? Aha! Here's why:
Whenever anyone writes about this area they say that so-and-so person has a "financial interest" in the property. One of those with an interest in this block was Brett Torino. His company now has an interest in Harmon Corner. He also has an interest in Circle Entertainment Inc.; which also used to have an interest in these 18 acres. What does Circle Entertainment do? They try to create “location-based entertainment venues.” They are very slowly creating I-Drive Live park in Orlando, Florida. Another park? Yep, this attraction might one day feature the Orlando Eye, their 425-foot tall version of the London Eye observation wheel.
So, why is this small group of investors and dreamers so jazzed about an observation wheel? Part of the interests of Circle Entertainment Inc. is the company that would make the SkyView observation wheel seen at the top of our page. Phew! You'd never know any of this from the local press. But we can assure you, if Las Vegas let's them start building this thing, you'll sure know it's a construction site.
Over the last decade, three London theme parks, and six Ferris wheels have been proposed. A decade from now, only the Linq's High Roller will be remembered. Don't make us come down to the public meeting, County Commissioners. Check, check and triple check before this pipe dream starts digging up the Strip.
(Renderings: SkyView,Vegas Today And Tomorrow)