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Can Vegas sustain three observation wheels?

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Maybe two gigantic observation wheels are enough.

We’ve got a 500-foot Ferris wheel going up by Mandalay Bay and a 550-foot Ferris wheel going up behind the new Quad casino. So let me ask you this: What kind of people look at a city with two giant Ferris wheels in construction and say, “You know what this place needs? Another.” And now let me answer: Eric Smithers and the London Thrill gang do.

Last week, Smithers, with a straight face, presented the Clark County Commission with plans for yet another Vegas wheel. “But it’s more than just that,” he said. “That’s one component of an entire park.”

The London Thrill would offer other rides, retail shops and restaurants. Like a lot of places on the Strip. Come on, London Thrill! Get creative!

What about a walk-under fish tank like the one at the Dallas World Aquarium? Or a Vegas version of Hollywood’s Magic Castle? How about four-story laser tag? An outdoor climbing wall? A permanent American Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course?

These suggestions aren’t for my sake; they’re for yours. Can Vegas really sustain three observation wheels? Or another amusement park? If you’re not sure, ask the good people at MGM Grand Adventures.

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