Caesars names general manager for Las Vegas observation wheel

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An artist’s rendering looking directly east from Las Vegas Boulevard into the proposed restaurant/entertainment district, part of the overall Project Linq that connects Imperial Palace, left, to the Flamingo, right.

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Eric Eberhart, a veteran with more than 30 years of entertainment experience, has joined Caesars Entertainment as general manager of the High Roller observation wheel being built on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 550-foot attraction will be the centerpiece of the Linq retail, dining and entertainment district set to open in late 2013.

Eberhart, who spent 26 years with the Walt Disney Co., will assist developing the pre- and post-ride experience, as well as overseeing staffing and day-to-day operations once the High Roller is in operation.

Most recently, Eberhart served as principal of Orlando, Fla.-based E CUBED, where he focused on entertainment operational consulting from concept design to post-opening evaluations.

One of his most recent projects involved creating high-level, innovative approaches to moving guests through all types of environments and entertainment venues, including developing and implementing arrival procedures and seating for all distinguished guests and media for Disney’s California Adventure.

In 2003, he served as vice president of operations, design and development for Mr. Gatti’s, a privately held company based in Austin, Texas, that focuses on themed family entertainment centers.

Prior to joining Mr. Gatti’s, Eberhart was the senior director of operations for Sundance Film Centers, directing the design, development and budgetary standards of a unique entertainment concept to showcase independent films.

Eberhart got his start with the Walt Disney Co. in Orlando, Fla., in 1978. His 26-year tenure with Disney allowed him to develop strategies and expertise in big entertainment markets such as Florida, California, Paris, and Tokyo.

Construction on the Linq project began in November 2011. The 520-foot diameter observation wheel will feature 28 glass-enclosed cabins, each of which will accommodate up to 40 people. A single-revolution ride on the wheel will take 30 minutes.

Once completed, the High Roller will be the tallest wheel in the world, eclipsing the London Eye and Singapore Flyer.