If you're going to build something in Vegas, it's got to be amazing, and it is. The brand new High Roller, an observation wheel—read Ferris wheel—built by Caesars Entertainment to anchor The Linq, a new $550 million open-air pedestrian mall on the Strip, is not just any giant wheel. At 550 feet (168 meters), it’s the world’s tallest, with 28 enclosed cabins, each holding 40 guests, that turns at a pace of just under 1 foot (0.3 meters) per second, or about 30 minutes for a complete revolution.
A ride on the wheel is quite an experience. But is it safe? As David Codiga, executive project director for The Linq, notes, “we’re essentially putting more than 1,100 people on a structure you can’t access. There’s no staircase. No way for responders to walk into the cabins. No way for people to get themselves out.”