Infamous Las Vegas Super Wheel Coming Down • This Week in Gambling
The High Roller Las Vegas was not the first observation wheel planned for the city. The original Las Vegas Super Wheel was never actually built, and now all that remains of the planned Skyvue Wheel sits in a vacant lot across from Mandalay Bay on the south end of The Strip. Planned as the main attraction of the London Las Vegas project that never came to be. And now, these two lonely towers are all that remain, and they are finally coming down.
The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel, also known simply as Skyvue, is an unfinished observation wheel near the Mandalay Bay Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. Construction of the wheel and the proposed London, Las Vegas was abandoned in 2020, and only the concrete pillars were built. They still stand there to this day.
London, Las Vegas was to be a 38 acre property featuring over 1,300 hotel rooms, a casino, and the Skyvue Super Wheel. There were also plans for 550,000 square feet of restaurants and shops, all replicas of various British landmarks and neighborhoods. The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel was Phase I of the London Las Vegas project.
The Vegas Wheel was originally expected to have 40 gondolas, each carrying 20-25 people, but in March 2012, when 1,300 cubic yards of concrete foundations were poured it was reported that there would only be 32 gondolas, each carrying 24 passengers, and that it would not open until July 4, 2013.
Then in July 2013, the developer stated “We anticipate construction to resume in the next couple of months.” By November 2015, however, the property and unfinished Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel had been put up for sale. It was put up for sale again in 2020, and was sold to Perry later that year. He put the site up for sale in 2022.