Measuring 550 feet tall and capable of carrying over a thousand passengers, the record-breaking “High Roller” officially opened for business yesterday on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
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The main attraction in the shopping and entertainment district known as The LINQ, the High Roller looks both decadent and terrifying, featuring 28 spherical cabins weighing 44,000 pounds each, encased in steel and glass. Each “pod” can hold 40 people, and is equipped with its own sound system and video monitors. The wheel itself, which is lit by 2,000 LED lights in changing colors, takes 30 minutes to complete a single rotation.
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After three years of design, planning and construction, the High Roller now passes the 541-foot Singapore Flyer (built in part by the same engineering company) to capture the title of the world's tallest Ferris Wheel.
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