There were plans to build a ferris wheel near Mandalay Bay, and they even started. But the project has been scrapped.
Giant Ferris wheels have been proposed for more than half a dozen locations in the area. Here's a link for six locations from 2009 and earlier: www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/voyager.htm .
Since then, I'm aware of three others. Only the High Roller has been completed. As ktinca noted, another near Mandalay Bay was scrapped. There was a third proposed even after that, but it never went anywhere; I forget the details.
Taxi driver told us that they used the wrong kind of cement/re-bars and it is scrapped and that it is going to take millions to take it down.
And we know taxi cab drivers know everything
Wait what. A millions to remove two 15 ft support beams. I'm having a hard time believing that.
I'm not even sure that loco moco should really have gravy all over. I gotta watch my cholesterol.
FYI when construction was halted they were 200 feet.
>>>Only thing left of the "proposed" big wheel are two 1/2 built support columns across from MB/Luxor hotels. I'm sure the people behind this failed attempt are pretty happy at this time. Since the linq is not exactly doing good<<<
I think it is worth pointing out that ride tickets are only a part of the revenue from these things. The primary function of the Linq is to draw people to the area. They get revenue from the leases in the entire development. FWIW at least at the Flamingo they also bumped room rates for rooms with a "High Roller View". If they can just sell enough tickets to generate revenue to cover the day to day operating costs then they are ahead of the game.
I bring that up in this thread in part because people are so quick to call the High Roller a "failure" and in part because it was an obvious point in the design of the 2nd wheel by Mandalay Bay. If you looked at the design illustrations for that one it was obviously really just a giant billboard geared much more toward advertising revenue than making money from rides. I am glad it is not going to be built because I thought it looked tacky and was unnecessary. But again the point is that financially there is more going on with these things than just making money from ticket sales.Edited: 29 July 2014, 20:47
HuskerBB: Thank you for that upbeat post. The High Roller may not be a cash cow, but IMO, it is a positive venture that will pay off in the long run. I've been on it during the day and will go on it again at night next time.