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While it's still possible a handful of venues may make their debut at The Linq -- the new outdoor mall under construction between The Quad and Flamingo -- by year's end, we've been able to confirm that many of the businesses won't open until early 2014.
Back in September, we shared the rumor that tenants were pushing back their move-in dates until The High Roller opens. Nervous business owners were allegedly concerned they wouldn't generate enough revenue without the foot traffic only the world's largest observation wheel would bring. That seems to be legit as we've reached out to every confirmed outlet and many have responded with the same target debut timeline:
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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It's another day for The Quad and The Linq, which means a few new things to look at and report. This writer walked through last week and again this morning, and I have some interesting tidbits to share.
Let's start with what still hasn't been touched. Though it's painful to say, unfortunately, the construction fairy didn't wiggle her nose to renovate the rooms overnight. While the rooms are quickly working their way up to the top of the to-do list, we're still left waiting with bated breath. On the positive side, if the Goretorium does wind up closing before Halloween maybe the Quad could get into the spirit, too.
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Most folks remark about how much Vegas has changed based on weeks, months or even years of elapsed time. Lately, it's happening within days. Right now, we'll focus on the transformation underway between The Quad (formerly Imperial Palace) and Bill's (soon to be Gansevoort Las Vegas).
As shown above, the demolition continues at Bill's. This photo was taken Thursday afternoon by Greg C. It shows the removal of almost the entire circular parking ramp. (Click here for what the "before" looked like.) But, while the teardown is still in progress, new paint is now going up on the property's south side. This picture was captured by YourstarlaGwen on Twitter:
Over at The Quad, changes to its Strip-facing facade seem to be coming to an end. At least enough so that scaffolding is down and a covered pedestrian walkway has been dismantled.
Meanwhile, the High Roller observation wheel rising above it in the background is also nearing a milestone. It's just a few pieces away from a complete outer rim. The next step will be the addition of supporting cables. The pods will be put into place last. The wheel won't debut until the second quarter of 2014. Gansevoort will debut in "early" 2014 as well.
We've all been wondering what that Vortex is going to look like when it's all systems go. Well, recently we've captured a few shots of the Vortex in action, and it has us excited for the possibilities.
Last night, the Vortex was lit up in a blaze of white (seen at top) while the south side of The Quad was showing its colors, too. Seen below, this is the side you'll pass by as you enter The Linq. The wall features multi-colored LED panels. Execs have explained that they'll be programmed to complement the lights you'll see both on the marquee and the Vortex.
A few weeks back, we also snapped these shots of some waving American flags on the Vortex. And, we have to say, it looked great. Reps say the Vortex will never show ads so we're really curious as what will be displayed.
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:
With The Linq still set to make its debut by year's end, we continue to see rapid progress both at the coming outdoor shopping/dining destination and next door at the also under construction Quad. Below, five tweets that put the latest round of changes into focus.
And, we should point out once again that The Linq won't entirely open this December. Some venues like the much-anticipated Brooklyn Bowl and the High Roller observation wheel won't debut until sometime in 2014.
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On The Strip, it's getting hard to get from one resort to the next without running into some form of construction.
Mandalay Bay, Aria, Venetian and The Mirage are all working on opening new restaurants. Work is underway at the Luxor Festival Grounds. MGM Grand has coming soon signs all over the joint. New York-New York and Monte Carlo are transforming their facades. Bill's has been gutted to make way for Gansevoort (new pics below). The Linq still cometh. The Quad still has some things in store as well. Then, there's the Sahara-slash-SLS. And, we're probably neglecting to mention some things, too.
The photos in this post, some snapped on Tuesday and others today, detail the current state of things at Bill's, New York-New York, Monte Carlo and the Linq's High Roller observation wheel. We'd like to thank John N. and Donovan S. for lending their lenses to the cause.
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Caesars Entertainment giveth, taketh, and giveth again.
It's been just over a year since O'Sheas shuttered on The Strip. At the time, execs promised it would return and now there's a sure sign of it. Actually, there's a real sign. O'Sheas' sign. The VP of The Linq posted this photo of the sign's return yesterday on Instagram.
Our Jeff Prozeller swung by the construction site last night and again this morning to snap new pics of the $500 million project. You can view them in the photo gallery below. The one thing he couldn't see from The Strip, however, was said O'Sheas sign indicating it's new home will be tucked further into the
outdoor mall open-air promenade.
There isn't anything new to report about The High Roller observation wheel, but VegasChatter fan @sammasseur (with a wide-shot assist from the Linq's live webcam) is giving us another reason to gape at how tall it's getting thanks to updated snapshots.