Now anyone can be a high roller in Las Vegas. Just hop aboard Sin City’s newest tourist attraction, the High Roller. The High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel (550 feet tall). It opened this Spring (2014) near the Flamingo Hilton, just off the famous Las Vegas Strip.
High Roller - Las Vegas
Get High on Las Vegas' newest attraction, The High Roller. It's the largest observation wheel in the world!
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The posts holding The High Roller in the ground are enormous! (Photo Peggy Miles/Traffic411)
The High Roller offers the highest views in the city and is taller than similar sky rides including the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. Riders are treated to a party like atmosphere starting with the friendly staff members who welcome you on board. Trance-like party music is pumped into the pod, with a friendly announcer pointing out points of interest along the 30 minute experience. A computer screen shows your progress as you circle the wheel.
I rode the High Roller the week it opened with a group of friends in town for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention. Not everyone in my group was sold on riding the giant wheel but, when we got to The LINQ (perhaps it was seeing the foot of the ginormous post holding the High Roller in the ground), a sense of excitement prevailed. We were ready to ride! The pod is fully enclosed and very sturdy, so it felt very safe. Someone with a fear of heights might feel queasy, but there is little chance that a rider will tumble out of the wheel since there are no open windows.
Looks are deceiving. Each ‘pod’ holds up to 40 riders who mostly stand up during the 30 minute experience, taking pictures or taking in the stunning views (thankfully, there were only 15 passengers when I rode during its debut week, making it very comfortable to move around the cabin). I heard that Caesar’s Entertainment, who owns the High Roller, plans to rent out pods privately for weddings, parties and special events.
The High Roller is located at The LINQ, a new outdoor dining & entertainment arcade that features restaurants including the Yard House and Sprinkles Cupcakes, so even if you don’t think you want to ride The High Roller, there is still plenty to see and do at this new Las Vegas attraction.
Traffic411 Insider Tip: Ticket prices vary (day vs night, wait in line vs express pass). There may not be a line, so you won’t have to pay extra for an express pass to bypass the line if no one is waiting.
Distance from LAX: 281 miles