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Vegas opens world’s tallest Ferris wheel

Vegas opens world’s tallest Ferris wheel

WORLD'S TALLEST:The Las Vegas High Roller at The LINQ begins to operate on Monday, March 31, in Las Vegas. The 550-foot-tall attraction, which opened to the public on Monday, is the highest observation wheel in the world and features 28 cabins that can accommodate up to 40 people each. Photo: Associated Press/David Becker

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Riders are getting their first turns on a skyline-changing Las Vegas Strip observation wheel that’s opening as the world’s tallest.

A ceremony Monday marked the completion of the 550-foot High Roller — built by Caesars Entertainment Corp. as part of its $550 million LINQ development at the heart of the glittery Strip resort corridor.

The Ferris-style wheel has 28 glass-enclosed and air-conditioned gondolas that can each hold up to 40 people.

A full revolution takes 30 minutes. Tickets are $24.95 in the daytime and $34.95 at night.

The height tops the nearly 443-foot London Eye and the 541-foot Singapore Flyer.

A group in New York plans a 625-foot Ferris wheel on Staten Island with a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

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