The day we’ve all been waiting for is here! (Okay, maybe not all of us have been waiting for it, but many of us have.) The High Roller, the observation wheel that is the focal point of the Linq development, is now open for business. Three cheers for more stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for its opening, but my
roving reporter brother Lee was. He and his wife were able to take advantage of the free rides being offered last weekend during the “soft opening” and later went back when they started charging. Here is his “boots on the ground” report with some initial photos:
Lee: Our ride yesterday was free, but today they start charging. It is slow moving, so you get on and off while it’s moving. The ride is very gentle and smooth; you don’t feel it move (like a rotating restaurant). It takes about 30 minutes for a complete cycle.
Early reports talked about gaming table/bars in the car, but we saw none of that. (There was however a full bar right before you get on the ride.) Very minimal seating. Maybe about 8 people could actually sit if they wanted to.
You can buy tickets for a specific time if you want. You can book it for groups or even a wedding. (There’s one wedding on the books already.) The lights change colors at night. Also new once they went “live” were TV monitors that kept you up to speed on the progress of your trip.
Thanks for the firsthand report, Lee!
Check out some of Lee’s photos below, as well as some fast facts about the High Roller.
(Sort of like watching your flight path on an airplane, right?)
Why am I calling it a “pod” rather than a “cabin”? Mainly because it amuses me to think that everyone who rides the High Roller will be a Pod Person. Yeah, I’m a nerd.
Here they are nearing the top of the ride. That’s 550 feet up. (You’re not afraid of heights, are you?)
I am afraid of heights, but I don’t think it would be so bad in this environment. . .as long as you don’t look straight down:
Besides, the views are totally worth it:
The view isn’t so bad from the ground, either, especially at night, when the High Roller lights up:
The High Roller By the Numbers:
- Height: 550 feet (making it the tallest ferris wheel in the world)
- Person capacity per pod (or car, or cabin): 40
- Number of pods: 28
- Total rider capacity per rotation: 1,120
- Day (10am-6pm) Ticket Price: $24.95
- Night (6pm-2am) Ticket Price: $34.95
- Number of LED Lights used on the High Roller: 2,000
- Weight of each pod (without riders): 44,000 pounds
- Length of ride: 30 minutes
As for bars and gaming tables in the pods, I believe those are only available if you reserve the whole pod for a group. (So I guess we’re SOL on seeing those, solo travelers.)
What do you think about the High Roller? Do you plan on riding it on your next trip to Vegas?
All photos used in this post were taken by my brother Lee with an iPhone, unedited.