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The free ride is over.
After giving complimentary spins to employees of Caesars Entertainment as well as to visitors to The Linq over the weekend, the tallest observation wheel in the world -- The High Roller -- makes its official public debut today at 1 p.m. PT.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here. (There will be multiple purchase points at The Linq, too. Tip: If lines are too long, we were told guests also can purchase them at the Linq's little known Concierge office.) As we've been reporting, pricing will be between $25 and $35, however, flex, express pass, and multi-day options will range from $44.95 to $59.95.
This video will probably be pulled from YouTube a blink of an eye, but for now it's the first we've seen from inside one of The High Roller's passenger cabins as the wheel spins. (We did, however, video the video as a precaution so resistance is futile.)
A YouTube description says the clip was filmed by a group of engineers and technicians (hence, the day glo safety vests), or by a "bunch of dudes" as it's more eloquently stated in the video. Although short, the clip provides a better sense of the room we'll find inside the pods as well as the fantastic views the attraction will provide.
It's easily one of the most gawked at sights on the Las Vegas Strip. Just don't try to take a pic of the High Roller. At least not from the outdoor promenade that leads to it, The Linq. Especially, if you have a "real" camera and not "just" a smart phone.
Last week, we raised an eyebrow after reading this tweet from @Dribbleglass on Twitter:
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A week ago, we told you about renewed activity at the site of what was once hoped to be Las Vegas' other observation wheel -- SkyVue Las Vegas Super Wheel. But this construction work was not the hopeful kind.
From watching SkyVue's still operational (for some reason) webcam, it looked as if the scaffolding climbing the wheel's support legs was coming down. And, we were right. It continues to slowly disappear. The photo at top shows how the site appeared on January 8. Below is a snapshot from January 9.
This photo gallery (captured by our @sammasseur) is from yesterday, January 15:
The power switch has been flipped on for the highest observation wheel in the world.
The High Roller, located just behind The Quad and Flamingo at the end of The Linq, tested its multi-colored lights for the first time last night and it was a show-stopper. Execs and passers by alike documented the event across social media. Even folks landing at McCarran were excitedly tweeting about it. Here are a few of the photos that were shared:
With 17 pods now securely fastened, the High Roller is on the fast track to at least looking like an observation wheel if not running like one, at least not yet. An opening isn't expected until early 2014, but that doesn't mean you can't buy into it now. Just not admissions, though. We're talking ads.
Ad Week reports that sponsorship opportunities are plenty, from within the cabins to the name of the wheel itself. Yep, even that is for sale, apparently, if the price is right:
The excitement is high for Vegas' High Roller, the tallest observation wheel in the world (but not if New York gets its way). We can't take our eyes off it these days as more and more pods are added. (Nine as of this afternoon with 19 to go.) Noticeable from all over the Las Vegas valley, it's really hard not to look at it. It's already become one of the dominant parts of the city's skyline and it's still months away from welcoming its first passengers on board.
When it does begin to send folks soaring and twirling (each pod will rotate as the wheel itself spins) above the Vegas cityscape, we'll be sure to be among the first to take a ride. But, that got us wondering who else we might find ourselves next to on that 30-minute, bathroom-less ride. People like...
The person who was more scared than they let on:
OMFG SO I AM ON A FERRIS WHEEL WITH MY COUSIN AND SHES SCARED OF FERRIS WHEELS AND WE'RE STUCK ON THE TOP 😂 pic.twitter.com/hR9B8OHFIt— the drummer (@irwins_laugh) October 25, 2013
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Look what's flying high at The Linq now!
After showing you the first photos of the High Roller's cabins on Monday, the very first pod was attached yesterday and hoisted to the top this morning.
Each cab weighs in at 44,000 pounds and will hold 40 passengers. There will be 28 pods in all. It will take two months to add them all to the wheel.
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No, The Rock is not about to begin filming a new installment of Witch Mountain in Vegas. Nor, are we to host the next film in the Ender's Game series. Nor, are these spacecraft-looking pods on the way to Area 51.
A member of the Vegas Rover Facebook group has instead captured the first glimpse of the High Roller observation wheel's passenger cabins. These images were snapped as Samia M. was on the road last night so the blurriness is understandable. We still think they're pretty awesome.
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Our skepticism has been wide and not unfounded. SkyVue Las Vegas Super Wheel has been long promised and long unrealized after once pledging a 2012 New Year's Eve debut. In January, we were told to look for activity around May or June. It's now September and the only movement has been of tiny tumbleweeds.
The SkyVue social media accounts are now just as dormant as its construction site located just across from Mandalay Bay. @SkyVueLasVegas halted tweets in June and its Facebook page went silent after this July 3 post:
The under-construction observation wheel taking shape behind the Quad and Flamingo (as opposed to the one not taking shape at all across from Mandalay Bay) is showing noticeable progress and catching eyes once again. Both here in town -- as captured at the top and bottom of this post by VegasChatter fan Brian F. -- and beyond thanks to The Linq's live webcam:
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We drove by last night and pondered. A few hours later, VegasChatter friend Greg C. pinged us to inquire if we'd heard anything new while sending us the above pic. And, today, a story entitled "On one end of the Strip, a giant wheel takes shape; on the other, a construction site sits quiet" sat front and center on the home page of the Las Vegas Sun for much of the day.