Cue the Jimmy Fallon thank you note music: Thank you giant Ferris wheel in the sky for single-highhandedly now making most of my Las Vegas Strip skyline photos completely obsolete.
Actually I can’t complain – since the opening of City Center and the Cosmopolitan a number of years ago, the Strip skyline really hasn’t changed until now – that is a long time by Las Vegas standards!
This is part of a new development known as the LINQ District- pronounced link, that does a nice job of linking this wheel to the Strip with a number of restaurants and shops.
This wheel, at 550 feet high is the tallest in the world, taller then the one in London. It isn’t open yet, scheduled to begin operations at the end of March. To give you an idea as to the scale, each of the 28 cars will hold 40 people, and the ride will last about a half hour. I believe they said the ride will cost $25 per person during the day, and $35 at night.
When we were in Las Vegas for some assignment work at Red Rock last June, they were building a giant Ferris wheel down by the Luxor. Much too my surprise, that one was never finished, this is actually further North across from Caesars Palace.