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Riders wowed by view from big Vegas Ferris wheel (+photos)

Published: Monday, March 31 2014 4:05 p.m. MDT

The Las Vegas High Roller at The LINQ is seen on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Las Vegas. The 550-foot-tall attraction, which opened to the public today, is the highest observation wheel in the world and features 28 cabins that can accommodate up to 40 people each.  (David Becker, Associated Press) The Las Vegas High Roller at The LINQ is seen on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Las Vegas. The 550-foot-tall attraction, which opened to the public today, is the highest observation wheel in the world and features 28 cabins that can accommodate up to 40 people each. (David Becker, Associated Press)

LAS VEGAS — Tourists are taking in the view from a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique look at sparkling casinos and distant mountains from high above the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Van Kim, from Phoenix, declared the experience "unanimously awesome" after standing in line for six hours Monday to be on the first gondola to complete the 30-minute ride on the 550-foot High Roller.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. officials christened the attraction as the world's tallest Ferris-style wheel.

It eclipses the 541-foot Singapore Flyer and the nearly-443-foot London Eye.

The High Roller is part of the $550 million LINQ development at the heart of the glittery Strip resort corridor.

It has 28 glass-enclosed, air-conditioned gondolas that can each hold up to 40 people.

In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, shows a view from the top of the Las Vegas High Roller at The LINQ in Las Vegas on Monday, March 31, 2014. The 550-foot-tall attraction, which opened to the public Monday, is the highest observation wheel in the world.  A full revolution takes 30 minutes.   The height tops the nearly 443-foot London Eye and the 541-foot Singapore Flyer. (Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush, Photo) In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, shows a view from the top of the Las Vegas High Roller at The LINQ in Las Vegas on Monday, March 31, 2014. The 550-foot-tall attraction, which opened to the public Monday, is the highest observation wheel in the world. A full revolution takes 30 minutes. The height tops the nearly 443-foot London Eye and the 541-foot Singapore Flyer. (Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush, Photo)

Tickets are $24.95 during the day and $34.95 at night.

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