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The Las Vegas strip will soon be home to the tallest observation wheel in the world, dwarfing the London Eye at 550 feet. An integral permit was just secured this week for the construction to move forward.
Dubbed the "High Roller," this spoked giant will stand between Caesars Entertainment's Harrah's, the Imperial Palace, and Flamingo Las Vegas resorts. A mix of retail, restaurants and lounges will fill out the accompanying complex. Aimed at the younger generation of Las Vegas tourists, the High Roller hopes to appeal to the growing percentage of thrill-seekers who visit the city.
If construction goes according to plan, the wheel should open to visitors by the end of 2013. The wheel will be fitted with 28 transparent passenger capsules, all fitted with flat screen TVs and iPod docks, able to carry 40 people at once. The revolution around the wheel will take approximately 30 minutes and cost around $20.
A few blocks down the strip, ground has already been broken on a competing observation wheel named SkyVue. This 492 foot tall project will boast 32 passenger pods that will have space for 24 passengers each.
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