World's largest ferris wheel planned for Las Vegas

Posted Saturday, November 25, 2000 5:33 AM | Contributed by PointMan

Since a 500-foot ferris wheel couldn't possibly be exciting, we hope you'll enjoy someone to wait on you while you the surf the Internet high above the Vegas strip. The ride will only cost $40 million to $60 million, and one rotation will take about 30 minutes.

Read all about it on Yahoo! news.

Saturday, November 25, 2000 6:17 AM
The winds can get pretty gusty in Vegas, I sure hope that some of that 40-60 million goes into compensation of that.

Internet access, hmmmm. Who will be the first coasterbuzzer to make a post from the top of this thing?

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So you want a coaster in your backyard? I hope you have a big backyard.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 6:41 AM
sounds very interesting, but how much will they charge for the 1/2hour trip? soggy, you're right the winds get very extreme gusts. my last visit the coaster at the stratosphere was closed most of the time and even the elevators in the eiffel tower occaisionally throught our stay. the gusts could be a huge problem. i hope they can do it. *** This post was edited by rod on 11/25/2000. ***
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 6:58 AM
They did something like this in England so lets not forget the "London Eye." I've heard it charges a lot and you have to have reservations and its always closed because of safety. I bet that the same things will happen in Vegas.And
Soggy is right the wind is bad. *** This post was edited by Twistamaniac on 11/27/2000. ***
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 8:02 AM
I have ridden the 443 ft. tall "London Eye" in England and it's a lot of fun. You can get great views from it. It's extremely popular so you had to get reservations early.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 9:52 AM
I LOVE MY FERRIS WHEELS!!!!
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 11:33 AM
Internet access? I can imagine the email....

"Dear Mom. Guess where I am writing you from!"

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Saturday, November 25, 2000 11:36 AM
Dear Lord, and I thought coaster enthusiasts were passionate! ;)

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How dare you vanquish the Steel Phantom without his consent? Fear the Phantom's Revenge.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 12:37 PM
Why is it that the U.S. has to have the highest of something?

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Feel the force--Steel Force
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 1:29 PM
a bar and a restroom in each of the 30 cars? Doesn't this type of thing defeat the entire purpose of a ferris wheel.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 1:36 PM
I wanna see them pull this one off-hmmm I don't see how they do this stuff, first I didn't believe Millennium Force when I saw the first article in the paper about it and now that I've ridden it, it seems like nuthing is impossible but this ferris wheel thing seems crazy but I'm sure they will get it-but what if they did something wrong and it fell over? now that would be tradgic and nothing like that ever seems to happen. I would think that it would be a little hard for something to hold that much weight! And to make it rotate---thats gotta be one big motor! well we will see about this when they actually build it
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 3:17 PM
I think that this wheel is going to be an elegant experience like the Ferris Wheel at the 1893 Chicago world Exhibition, where that wheel was pure first class all the way.

The question I have for the builders is: "How soon do you anticipate on recovering that $40-$60 million?"
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 3:23 PM
In Las Vegas? About two years.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 5:14 PM
Well if you have to spend 30 minutes for a complete rotation, might be a good idea to have those restrooms on board! -And Just think of the money that bar will bring in!!!
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 6:26 PM
I just read this is being built by Premier Rides.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 9:07 PM
Why don't they just build two Millennium Forces with that amount of money!? Seriously, I think they should consider something that will actually attract people to Las Vegas.

You know they could build 2 or 3 Superman: The Escape rides. ;)

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***Why can't all parks have a Millennium Force?***
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 10:15 PM
You do make an interesting point Robodud.

I wonder if this will actually draw people to Las Vegas or if it will turn out to be another big folly.

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Saturday, November 25, 2000 11:30 PM
wow!!!!If they make the ferris wheels so high.Why can't they built the coasters so high?
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Sunday, November 26, 2000 8:26 AM
They can...It's a question of money and return on investment. (if people will come to ride it) The technology used on MF could be used up to a 750 ft, lift.
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Sunday, November 26, 2000 1:47 PM
Hey CP genuis, is that correct? Will the wheels stay on for that speed? Will people stay conscious for the g's? How many trains? How fast the lift? Yes, money makes all possible, but what else? Just a bit cold in the air at that height and spped of the drop? I don't think you have been out of Ohio,have you? I am betting my carrer in this industry that if MF was raised to "750ft", the trains would falll apart like cars in a demolition derby. people would black out, and more than teeth would be chattering on the way down. I lift that high would equate a length of over 12,000 ft. long. That is a lot of real estate. How about brakes? Brake run alone would be over 500ft. Better use magnetics, as friction would be too hot, and fins would fall off. ENJOY the rides,let engineers say what is good and what works. By the way, ferris wheels are all about balance and counter-balance. Providing you can counter wind resistance with the base footprint, big sizes can work.
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