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.
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.
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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.
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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. ------------- Parks for 2000: SFEG,IOA,MGM,WDW,PGA,SFMW,SCBB,Lakeside. #1 Park-CP. #1Steel-Montu. #1Wood-Roar(W)
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
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.