|High Roller, currently the world's tallest Ferris wheel as seen from the nearby LINQ mall in Las Vegas|
“Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels,” she sang, “the dizzy dancing way you feel.”
--Singer, composer Joni Mitchell.
Editor’s note: The world’s tallest Ferris Wheel is currently under construction in the U.S., in the country where it was invented in 1893. To celebrate, this blog is launching a year long series of monthly posts on Ferris Wheels from around the World. We started [Pillar to Post blog July 20, 2016] in Chicago, where a 33 year old engineer George Washington Ferris invented and had built the world’s first Ferris Wheel in 1893. Each following month we’ll spotlight another Ferris Wheel somewhere else in the world. This month we’re in Las Vegas.
Reigning as the current (summer 2016) tallest Ferris Wheel in the world, the Las Vegas High Roller stands 550 feet and has 28 gondolas each carrying 40 passengers. At full capacity the High Roller will hold 1,120 persons. It takes 30 minutes to make one revolution. Tickets range $30 to $65 range.
The Roller opened March 31, 2014 and is part of a new nearby Caesar’s Palace mall on South Las Vegas Boulevard. Arup Engineering (also worked on Singapore Flyer) is the design and build firm.
At night the wheel is illuminated by a 2,000-LED system, which can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors moving around the rim, and custom displays for special events and holidays.