World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel to be Built in Vegas

Business, Travel News — By christinegarvin on September 30, 2011 at 9:38 am

In a move that’s sure to surprise no one, Las Vegas is determined to build the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.

The original London Eye? Phffft. The 165m Singapore Flyer? Whatevs. The new 168m “Las Vegas High Roller,” which will have 28 cabins that hold 40 people each, is set to be built behind the Imperial Palace and Flamingo hotels and will overlook most of Vegas.

Rides will last 30 minutes, and we’re guessing they’ll include Austin Powers-inspired sofas and plenty of cold, cheap champagne.

The look is similar to the London Eye, with round and enclosed pods that offer great views. Maybe the purpose is also similar; the London Eye was built as a part of the millennium celebrations, and the High Roller is being built in celebration of hopefully- boosting tourism.

Image: Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment is not the first to replicate the Eye. In 2006, a smaller-yet-similar wheel was erected in York at their National Railway Museum, but it was dismantled in 2008. Plus, there’s the Plymouth Eye in Devon. Apparently those Brits really like their eyes.

Don’t discount Britain’s former empire constituent, Australia. Turns out they were first with the “eye” idea, with the Brisbane Wheel established in 1988 as a part of the World Expo.

But the Vegas High Roller, with construction set to begin this month and finished by 2013, is bound to delight kids and drunk bachelorettes alike. It really is good family fun.

Tags: Australia, Britain, Caesars, Las Vegas, Las Vegas High Roller, London Eye

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