Vegas nuggets: Size does matter

LAS VEGAS -- Steve Wynn may be taking his much-talked-about project, Le Reve, to new heights -- literally.

The word on the street is that Wynn has reworked the specs on the property and added two additional floors that will make it the tallest building on the Strip, aside from the 1,149-foot tower at the Stratosphere.

Even though the latest Vegas phase is to build bigger on the Strip, the Strotosphere's sizable claim to fame seems safe for the time being.

The Desert Inn property would stand at 528 feet, 48 stories and include 2,611 rooms.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place by the end of the year, as soon as Wynn finalizes the $1.65 billion it's going to take to build it.

Speaking of size: Just as the roller coaster atop the Stratosphere reaches the realm of "been there, done that" by Vegas standards comes news of a 560-foot Ferris wheel on the Strip.

At least that's the plan from Voyager Entertainment International, which is the firm planning the "vertical rotating vehicle" (this is Las Vegas, after all).

"Voyager," as the project is dubbed, has the capacity to spin some 7 million guests per year (at $18 a pop) above the Strip. And, in true Vegas fashion, being the world's tallest Ferris wheel just isn't good enough.

Therefore, Voyager will include retail shops, restaurants and a night club in the "eye of the wheel."

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