By Steve Beauregard (All prices and hours updated on September 1st, 2017)
Situated at the end of the Linq Promenade in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the High Roller is the exiting, new large Ferris wheel that whisks riders up in air-conditioned cabins 550 feet above the busy Las Vegas Strip below.
Day or night, the perspective and views are incredible. For many visitors, including me, the High Roller Ferris Wheel is a must-do at least one during their Las Vegas vacation.
As for cost? Well, since its opening a few years ago, ticket prices have been all over the map as Caesars Entertainment management is constantly fiddling with ticket prices and promotions. Prices have been reduced to encourage ridership, and cabins offering an open bar have been introduced. Typically you won’t have to experience any kind of line to wait to ride the High Roller.
High Roller Ticket Prices are fairly reasonable
And while prices can change, these prices listed below are updated ticket prices as of August 2017. You can purchase tickets online through the Linq’s website, via Ticketmaster to save between $1 and $5 per ticket. The ticket will be sent to your phone for you to scan to gain entry. Alternatively you can print the ticket off of your phone.
High Roller Ticket Prices
Daytime (Rides up until 7 PM)
Adults: $25 or $22 online
Youth: $10 (Ages 4-12) or $9 online
Kids 3 and under: Free
Adults: $37 or $32 online
Youth: $20 (Ages 4-12) or $19 online
Kids 3 and under: Free
These prices are for tickets purchased at the Linq ticket booth (at the base of the Ferris Wheel), or at the kisok on the Linq Promenade. You can also buy tickets from Guest Services inside the Linq Hotel.
Hours of Operation
The High Roller Las Vegas runs from 11:30 AM to 2 AM, seven days a week. (However I believe the last ride to get on is at 1:30 AM.)
Your daytime High Roller is not valid after 7 PM. The nighttime pass, (also called the “Flex Pass”), is more expensive, and as such, you can ride once during anytime of the day.
Inside one of the High Roller pods
High Roller “Happy Half-Hour”
To promote ridership in the late afternoon, (before the lights of Vegas are prominent), the High Roller has begun offering a happy hour special, in which your ticket price gives you a ride in a pod with a free, open bar.
The free drinks are available for pretty much the duration of the entire 30 minute ride. Prices have been dropped and are pretty reasonable (in my view).
High Roller Happy Hour Prices and Hours
Day: $40 or $35 when purchased online.
Night: $52 or $47 online.
These daytime ticket price of $40 (or $35 online), allows you to ride one time anytime from Noon to 7 PM.
After the switch to night pricing at 7 PM the price goes up to $52 for the free drink cabin. Prices are the same seven days a week.
The nighttime happy hour starts at 7 PM and goes until 1 AM. (Winter hours are different).
There are 4 cabins designated as the High Roller “Happy Hour” pods. After purchasing your happy hour tickets, you’ll wait in a separate area for one of the pods. All four pods have a bar of course, and a bartender.
Once inside, the free drinks start as soon as the doors close. Yes, you can drink all-you-can for the duration of the ride, which takes thirty minutes. A savvy and quick drinker can get five drinks in during the 30 minute ride. Please note that “last call” is about 3/4th of the ride in.
The liquor selection includes Jose Cuervo tequilla, Bacardi rum, Sky vodka, and Tanqueray gin, among others. There are the usual mixers, along with Sprite, Pepsi, ginger ale, soda water, lime juice, etc. Please note regular water is not served.
As for beer, plastic bottles of Coors Light (with the screw on/off caps) are served. One tip for my fellow cheapskates is to get a beer, tuck it in a backpack for later, then get another beer for the ride.
A Chocolate Ride
A new feature started in August of 2016 is the “Chocolate Experience.”
Running on Thursday nights, from 5 PM to 8 PM, riders who pay a $52 (after fees), can ride in special cabins with chocolate tastings of five different types of chocolates.
The High Roller’s previous package deal for a family 4 pack ticket option is on and off again.
As of this writing, a family deal is in place until September 30, 2017. Starting at $59 (total, not per person), two adults and two kids can ride during the day.
Previously a family 4 pack included 2 adult passes, and two youth passes at a daytime cost of $76.95, and post- 7 p.m. ride of $101.95.
Also, the special “Family Hour” package previously offered on Saturday mornings is no longer available.
High Roller vs. London Eye
Ticket prices for the Ferris Wheel are comparable to those of the London Eye, which is the 443 foot Ferris Wheel set on the banks of the River Thames in England’s capital. A ride on the London Eye costs 19 British Pounds, which equals around $31 U.S. dollars.
At 550 feet tall, the High Roller is the highest observation wheel in the world, topping a Ferris Wheel in Singapore by nine feet. In case you’re wondering, an “observation wheel” and Ferris Wheel are the same thing, however Caesars Entertainment prefers to call the High Roller an observation wheel.
Although just a baby, the observation wheel has already become a Las Vegas landmark, visible from nearly all parts of the center Strip. It has forever changed the already incredible Sin-City skyline.
When did the new Las Vegas Ferris Wheel Open?
The High Roller opened to the public at 1 p.m. on April 1st, 2014.
A group of executives from Caesars Entertainment (they own the High Roller), along with a congresswoman and other dignitaries, took the first official ride, before the pods were open for public ridership.
In early 2014, all of the pods were attached to the High Roller, and testing was completed. Originally planned to open in June of 2013, the High Roller experienced some delays, and it’s April 1st opening took place several months after the opening of the retail plaza it anchors, Caesar Entertainment’s Linq shopping promenade.
The High Roller is set about 1,200 feet from the Strip, in-between the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, and the Linq Hotel and Casino.
It’s the centerpiece of Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million Linq Project – a restaurant/shopping/entertainment complex that has 300,000 square feet of retail space, all set on prime space right on the Las Vegas Strip. Coincidentally perhaps, the number 550 represents both the cost of the Linq project, and the High Roller’s height in feet.
The Linq officially opened December 27th, 2013, with a scaled-down opening featuring six businesses, including the re-opening of my much-beloved O’Sheas Casino. The new version has three bars and 5,000 feet of casino space. Other Linq tenants include a Starbucks, Purple Zebra (a daiquiri-type bar with a futuristic vibe), a hot dog place called Hotte Doggery (not the cheap $1 hot dogs – these are gourmet), Chayo Cocina (a Mexican restaurant with fantastic views of the High Roller), and a Koto – an shop selling “eccentric gifts.”
Ground-breaking for the observation wheel portion of the project began in February of 2012. With the wheel and foundation structures in place, (the wheel was completed in late October of 2013), the cabins, or “pods” began being affixed to the High Roller in November of 2013. The final cabin was attached on December 2nd, 2013.
How many people can fit in the High Roller Observation Wheel pod?
There are 28 cabins total on the Ferris Wheel. Each of these pods weighs 44,000 pounds, and can carry 40 passengers.
According to Caesars Entertainment, the ride last for about 1/2 hour. (The cabins travel one foot per second). Management of Caesars Entertainment said that during the first full year of operation, (ending March of 2015), the High Roller had an average of 5,000 riders per day. This was well below the company’s stated expectation of between 4 to 5 million riders each year (4 million riders equals an average of 11,000 riders per day.)
Can you Drink on the Ferris Wheel?
This is Las Vegas. Of course you can drink in the High Roller. Even if you are not riding in a “Happy Half-Hour” cabin. The operators of the Ferris wheel sell drinks (on the ground level) at the “Wheelhouse” and they encourage you to bring them onboard. Or you could bring the beer you purchased at a liquor store on board as well. Just a warning though, there aren’t bathrooms in the cabins.
You also won’t be able to smoke. Each cabin has eight flat screen TV screens, in case you can’t find anything interesting to look at when dangling 550 feet above the most dazzling city on Earth.
There is also bench seating.
Is the High Roller the Tallest Structure in Las Vegas?
Nope. The High Roller tops out at 550 feet, but the Stratosphere portion of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino tops out at 1,148 feet. (Go here to see how far it is from the Stratosphere to the Strip).
(Photos courtesy of Robert Pernett and Ken Lund via Flickr).