For more than 100 years, every Ferris wheel on the planet was roughly the same size and height as the 1893 original. But in 2000, something changed: London debuted the London Eye, an enormous juggernaut of a tourist trap. Its success sparked a global race to build higher and faster wheels in the sky—and it’s only heating up. So who’s winning?
In 2011, Las Vegas, that bastion of understatement, announced The High Roller, eeking out the Singapore Flyer by just few feet. The wheel is currently a half-moon under construction as part of the massive Linq development on the Strip. But hold up there, Vegas! The New York Wheel, which received community approval earlier this year to rise on Staten Island, saw the High Roller’s bet and raised its height to a stunning 625 feet.
And since nothing is allowed to be built on the planet without a bigger one being planned in the United Arab Emirates, theDubai Eye (WAY TO BE ORIGINAL, GUYS) quickly staked its claim for somewhere between 689 and 690 feet, depending on reports. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 1.5 times the size of the otherEye.