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Sky Shop, the retail store for The High Roller observation wheel, is packed with its spin on the Vegas souvenir. Over the weekend, this writer was so focused on trying to catalogue all the different wheel-branded merchandise now available that I skipped right over another offering. That is until an employee told me to go back and take some photos of a small grouping of tees.
Why? That's what I wanted to know, too. The worker quickly informed me that the tees were unique because they featured real felt from Caesars Entertainment casinos. Priced at $25, the shirts had tags that stated:
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After walking into Sky Shop, the retail store for The High Roller observation wheel, we can only imagine that the merchandise meeting went something like this -- What can we brand with the wheel? Okay, that sounds good. Let's do it all.
If you can imagine it as a High Roller souvenir, chances are you'll find it within the newly opened Sky Shop. Magnets, keychains, cups, mugs, tumblers, shot glasses, tanks, tees, stuffed animals, bottle openers, beer cozies (koozies?), wallets, playing cards, picture frames. And, that's just what we noticed after a quick walk-around over the weekend.
All eyes are on the sky in this area thanks to The High Roller observation wheel, but here's what the underbelly of its pods looks like up close. So futuristic! The powers that be say 40 people can fit inside at once.
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For The Linq, the outdoor mall between The Quad and Flamingo, it's been a slow, phased opening. The first six venues debuted right before year's end. Earlier this month, we grabbed our first bite at Chayo, but we wanted more.
We thought we could get a peek into what will be the newest music venue in Las Vegas, Brooklyn Bowl, but that was short-lived. Our friends couldn’t even take pictures of The High Roller from the public side of The Linq! (Although, a few days ago, we saw a security policy about-face with officers now offering to help take photos.)
The second phase of The Linq opens this Friday, but we still want more now. We always want more. Thankfully, our impatience was rewarded over the weekend with a hard hat tour of the last-minute touches taking place.
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:
2.24 Update: Murphy's Law has struck. The High Roller is still undergoing testing and has not yet received approval to open. We'll let you know when new information surfaces.
Remember when we said we had no idea when The High Roller observation wheel would debut nor how much it would cost? Well, that was so yesterday. Mainly, because it was really yesterday. Today, however, is a different story.
We're about 99.9% sure we've uncovered the opening weekend, how much tickets will cost and the exact times you can board what will be the world's largest observation wheel.
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If you thought last year saw a lot of highly anticipated openings in Vegas, that was nothing. This year will most definitely top that. From the debut of a world record-setting attraction to even more new hotel concepts, 2014 is going to be another incredible year for Las Vegas. Here are the 10 openings we consider the biggest game changers of the year ahead:
1. The High Roller (Opening: March?)
It's the tallest observation wheel in. the. world. And, it's just a short walk off The Strip. You had a good run, all other Vegas attractions.
2. SLS Las Vegas (Opening: fall)
We lost the Sahara, but will we gain a revived north Strip with the debut of SLS? What happens here will make or further break not just this property, but an entire neighborhood.
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:
We dug deep to figure out when The Linq and The High Roller will really (likely) debut and we seem to be spot on. Vegas gossip Norm Clarke recently pegged a February debut for the High Roller observation wheel after weeks of trial spins.
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.