World’s highest Ferris wheel debuts in Las Vegas

By Erica Albanese,

Las Vegas’ new observation wheel, the High Roller, which is said to be the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, made its public debut on Monday.

The High Roller, which stands at 550 feet, debuted on Monday in Las Vegas. It is the main attraction of LINQ, a new entertainment and retail complex on Las Vegas Boulevard across from Caesars Palace.

The wheel was built by Caesars Entertainment Corp., as part of its $550 million development with LINQ, reports CBS News. It contains 28 glass, air-conditioned gondolas that can each hold up to 40 people.

“It's really an art piece on the Las Vegas skyline, from the dynamic lighting sequences to the overall engineering and architecture that it adds to the skyline," said vice president and general manager of LINQ, Jon Gray, according to USA Today. "It's a new icon that everyone, locals and tourists alike, have embraced. We've really enhanced the Las Vegas skyline."

A ride on the High Roller lasts for 30 minutes. Each ride costs $24.95 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The price goes up to $34.95 from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The High Roller may be the world's tallest Ferris wheel...for now. The New York Wheel on Staten Island, which is expected to open Labor Day Weekend 2016, will stand at 625 feet.

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