High Roller / Gran Apostador

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I love ferris wheels. We moved to Brooklyn when I was 10, and my sister Dale and I regularly rode the now nearly 100-year-old, 150-foot-tall (45 meters) Wonder Wheel in Coney Island. The Wonder Wheel has the typical stationary cars and, in addition, cars that slide on a track like a roller coaster. We loved those. Every visit to New York, I intend to ride it again, but I haven’t yet. Maybe this year.

When we landed in London on our way to Las Vegas, I got a great view of the 443-foot-tall (135 meters), nearly 20 year-old London Eye, which I’ve never been on.

I had no such view of the 550-foot-tall (168 meters), 5-year-old High Roller when we landed in Las Vegas — all those clouds and snow — but at least I got to ride it. It’s the world’s tallest ferris wheel. Each car holds 40 passengers and, since the car before us was the “bar car,” all the drinkers rode that one leaving only five of us in our car.


Me encantan las ruedas de ferris (norias). Nos mudamos a Brooklyn cuando tenía 10 años, y mi hermana Dale y yo montábamos regularmente en el Wonder Wheel en Coney Island, 150 pies de altura (45 metros), y de casi 100 años de edad. El Wonder Wheel tiene los coches estacionarios típicos y, además, los coches que se deslizan en una pista como una montaña rusa. Amamos a esos. En cada visita a Nueva York, tengo la intención de volver a montarlo, pero todavía no lo he hecho. Tal vez este año.

Cuando aterrizamos en Las Vegas (todas esas nubes y nieve), no tenía esa visión del High Roller de 550 pies de altura (168 metros) y 5 años de edad, pero al menos tuve que montarlo. Es la noria más alta del mundo. Cada coche tiene capacidad para 40 pasajeros y, dado que el coche que teníamos ante nosotros era el “coche del bar”, todos los bebedores montaron el que nos dejó a solo cinco de nosotros en nuestro coche.

Cuando aterrizamos en Londres de camino a Las Vegas, obtuve una gran vista del London Eye de 443 pies (135 metros) de altura, casi 20 años de edad, en el que nunca he estado.

From the air, the London Eye with Buckingham Palace at upper left.
Desde el aire, el London Eye con el Palacio de Buckingham en la parte superior izquierda.
Walking along the Linq Promenade (which didn’t exist when we left 10 years ag0).
Caminando por el Linq Promenade (un paseo que no existía cuando nos fuimos hace 10 años).

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

25 thoughts on “High Roller / Gran Apostador”

  1. Looks like fun. I did a “champagne flight” on the London Eye a few years ago, for an extra fee we went to the front of the line and they served a glass of bubbly while we went around.

    1. David:
      Now THAT sounds like fun and worth it to get priority seating. An open bar in Las Vegas on the other hand, does NOT sound like fun. I watched a staff member carry a box of empty booze bottles off the ferris wheel. it’s amazing what 20 people can consume in a half hour.

  2. Great shot of London and the Vegas views. I only wish i was so damned scared of heights…. I’d be covering my eyes the whole way.

    1. Willym:
      I have no fear of heights but I am oddly freaked if I have to climb off the top of a ladder onto a roof. Jerry is afraid of heights but has no problem climbing off a ladder.

  3. Good that you only had a few in your car. Great photos!
    I would like to think I could go on these these things but…….

  4. I’m fine on a ferris wheel so long as the car doesn’t rock or shimmy. Then I get nervous.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      I’ve had a lot of photos and interesting (I hope) bits to share about Vegas, but each time I write about it, I appreciate why you would have no interest in visiting. I have no intention of going back again.

  5. Well, Vegas seems a lot more fun than the last time I was there, over thirty years ago. I don’t gamble (free tokens for the slot machines don’t count) but there seems to be a lot more things to do now. We live a lot closer to Reno and had friends who lived there but it’s been fifteen years or so since we’ve been there, too. One question, is there a weight limit for those Ferris Wheel cars? I need to know if I’d have to have one to myself 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      It’s definitely more entertaining than it was 30 years ago (my first time there was in 1982), but I really have no interest in seeing it again. I’m sure there must be SOME kind of weight limit on the High Roller, but I’m also sure you have absolutely nothing to worry about. But, if I were you, I’d demand a car to myself anyway. Who needs the riff raff?!?

    1. anne marie:
      I’ve seen Reno from the road. Driven by Carson City but didn’t see anything. I still love ferris wheels and the heights don’t bother me at all. This one was especially stable, too. But I know Jerry would have felt every little movement.

  6. It’s been a long time since I was on a Ferris wheel. I remember liking it, especially when it stopped and my car was a the very top.

    1. Kirk:
      The individual car was so large on the High Roller that it wasn’t the same kind of experience as other ferris wheels I’ve been on. I really had no sense of that old ferris wheel experience and we only stopped once near the finish (someone with a wheel chair), otherwise it just kept slowly moving. I’m glad I did it, but I wouldn’t bother doing it again.

  7. Mitch,
    We LOVED Deno’s Wonder Wheel at Coney Island.
    We went on the swinging cars of course, what a giggle!
    BTW, the aerial shot you have of the London Eye… just behind the wheel and clearly in shot is Waterloo station which is where I’m based 99% of the time and I was more than likely there when you took the pic, you could’ve waved!

    1. Nick:
      The Wonder Wheel is a must when we’re back there in September. Still a much more fun experience than the High Roller (with cars so huge that you really don’t have the experience of a ferris wheel). I DID wave… and I saw someone wave back. I assumed it was you.

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