The High Roller is celebrating its 5th birthday at The LINQ. The world’s tallest observation wheel offers 360-degree views of Las Vegas from 550 feet in the air, and is one of the most thrilling attractions in the city. In celebration of the milestone birthday, here are 5 fun facts about the High Roller:
#1: Birthday Specials
What’s a birthday without a celebration? The High Roller is offering birthday specials throughout April. On its birthday weekend (March 31) the observation wheel was decked out in streamers and balloons.
#2: The Cabins
There are 28 cabins on the High Roller. Each cabin can hold 40 people. 1,120 people can ride the High Roller at once. The cabin weight limit is 44,000 pounds, and each cabin has a 22-foot diameter.
#3: Construction History
It took two years for the High Roller to be complete. The project broke ground on February 29, 2012. On October 12, 2012, the wheel began its journey into place. Almost a year later on September 9, 2013, all 28 elements of the rim were installed. On November 6, 2013, the first cabin was attached to the High Roller arm. And on December 3, 2013, the cabin installations were complete.
#4: Special Events History
On February 28, 2014, a month before the official opening, the lights on the wheel glimmered for the first time on the High Roller. On March 31, 2014, the first guests rode the world’s tallest observation wheel, which was certified less than a month later by Guinness World Records. On July 14, 2016, Yoga in the Sky debuted. August 24, 2016 brought chocolate high into the sky with Ethel M Chocolate tastings. “Lights at The LINQ” began on November 1, 2016, and on November 6, 2018, the first and only zipline on the Vegas Strip, Fly LINQ, opened.
#5: By the Numbers
There are 2,000 LED lights that display, featuring thousands of colors, for the “Lights at The LINQ” show and thematic light shows for the holidays. Additionally, it takes around 30 minutes for the High Roller to make one full rotation, and there are 112 cables and 7.2 million pounds of steel on the wheel.