- The enormous High Roller is beginning to take shape in Nevada’s Sin City
- Giant wheel will stand 9ft taller than existing record holder – Singapore Flyer
- High Roller is scheduled to open in early 2014 once safety tests completed
By Helen Collis
The world’s tallest Ferris wheel is under construction in Las Vegas NV which will tower more than 100 feet over the London Eye.
The High Roller is expected to be open to thrill-seekers with a head for heights next year & it is already beginning to take shape.
Towering high over many of the huge hotel complexes around it, the wheel, when completed will stand at 550 feet. The London Eye, which commands spectacular views over the English capital, is 443 feet tall.
World record: The Las Vegas NV High Roller will be the tallest Ferris wheel in the world when it opens next year
Currently Singapore’s Flyer holds the record for the highest Ferris wheel, yet when it opens, High Roller will stand 9 feet taller, according to the Las Vegas Times.
Similar to London Eye, the High roller will have numerous cabins from which visitors can slowly watch the city unfold beneath them during a 30minute ride, making one revolution.
Each pod will be able to hold up to 40 guests, the news service asserted & tickets are expected to be around $30 to $35 – comparable to London’s ride which charges around £19 for adults & £10 for children.
Towering: The vast structure is already taking place & towers over nearby hotel & casino complexes
Opening: The giant Ferris wheel is not scheduled to be operating until early 2014, after safety checks have been completed
The enormous wheel forms part of a new development in the Sin City, known as the Linq.
Planned to be opened in time for Christmas, an old-fashioned looking pedestrianised zone will run between the Quad & Flamingo resorts & will feature an outpost of Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Construction: When completed, the High Roller will tower 107 feet taller than the London Eye which stands at 443 Feet
The enormous wheel forms part of a new development in the Sin City, known as the Linq
Parts of the retail & entertainment complex will be open in time for the busy winter shopping season, as per the plans.
Restaurants & shops will open their doors in time for festive visitors & New Years Eve revellers attending the 300,000 square foot mall.
But the giant Ferris wheel is not scheduled to be operating until early 2014, after safety checks have been completed.
Speaking to the LA Times, Jon Gray, the Linq’s general manager, said: ‘This is Vegas & we intend to do Vegas right. This will be a very entertaining experience from start to finish.
Coming soon: A poster shows how each pod is expected to be lit up in different colours
The London Eye has-been a very popular tourist attraction in the English capital since its opening in March 2000
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