Buy a ticket (duh). Last week, I had to go to the two ticket windows as the kiosks were not working. I did see a man offering to swipe credit cards via a handheld machine which prints the ticket right then and there. I guess he's the human kiosk for now.
Walk into the main entrance (still duh). Depending on the crowds, you might have to queue in maze-like lines often found at amusement parks. This is not the last time you will see these metal dividers.
Next, get your bag checked by security.
Then, walk a few more steps to get your ticket scanned.
Ride up your first set of escalators.
Enter the High Roller lounge.
Buy a $17 souvenir drink or a $13 glass of champagne. Just remember, no sex in the champagne pods. (If there were any.)
Go up another set of escalators.
yelled at convinced by High Roller photographers to take a photo in front of a green screen. You'll be able to pick these up after the ride.
Step into the Room of Doom a.k.a. the waiting room. You've been warned. This place could be hellish for claustrophics. Especially, if it's totally full
of drunk people. As I mentioned, I was there at 1 p.m. and, even though there weren't that many people, I still had to wait there about 15 minutes. The wrap-around TV screens play cartoons as well as odd dance videos and provide instructions delivered by your "guide" Lucas, a millennial dude who is -- thankfully -- witty as he'll be with you for a while.
At last, you're ready to board the pod. But, be careful of your footing.
If you fall, there's a safety net below. We've heard that at least 40 people have already become acquainted with it.
Once inside, either take a seat on a teeny bench or find a spot near the window. Most people move around a lot during the ride so it really doesn't matter where you go. Just know that Lucas is with you nearly every step of the way. He'll be pointing out all the various Caesars properties, including the highlights of The Linq, as well as cracking some SFW jokes.
Enjoy the views. The pods do give amazing views of Vegas and they get better as you go higher up (naturally). Daytime is impressive, but nighttime is probably more spectacular. (Which is why they charge $10 more!)
Do a dance when you hit the top. Congrats! Now you get to just chill out for another 10 minutes or so as the pod works its way back to the bottom.
Exit the pod, go down the exit ramps, and down the escalator until you're dropped off inside the souvenir shop.
Check out your snapshots. The photos that you took before the ride cost $25 for one photo and $30 for two. There are four different backdrops to choose from. But, hopefully, you've taken your own selfies in the pod so you won't need these.
Buy more souvenirs. There are also a ton of souvenirs to buy, some High Roller-related and some general Vegas merchandise.
A FEW MORE THINGS: The ride itself is great for anyone, except those with a severe fear of heights. We were only a teensy bit scared once the pod took off, namely because we were trapped in this thing for 30 minutes with people we did not know. But the pre-boarding stuff is truly annoying, especially the holding room. By comparison at The London Eye, you buy your ticket inside and then you step outside, walk up a ramp, and then board the pod. Much simpler.
Lastly, people did have children on the ride and that's fine. But again, do you want to hold onto a three-year-old in a massive holding room with scary cartoons and weird dance videos playing? We think not.
Have you tried The High Roller? What did you think? Share your thoughts in comments below!