Largest Ferris Wheel

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 2:17 AM
Hi all..i was just wondering where is the largest Ferris Wheel in North America?
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:38 AM
Six Flags claims that SFDL's is the second largest at 165 feet tall.

So who has one taller than that?

(I wish I knew :) )

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:52 AM
Something in Mexico or Canada, perhaps? ;)
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 8:21 AM
I was thinking the one at Navy Pier in Chicago was taller than that but after some searching that one is only 150 feet. It looks taller though because where it's mounted is so far above street level.

However, is the one at the Texas State Fair a permanent one? The Texas Star comes in at 212 feet.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 8:36 AM
I believe that Las Vegas is constructing a monster wheel that will be the tallest in the world once its built.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 9:13 AM
I heard the talk about the vegas one as well. Don't know whether it was true or not?.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 9:22 AM
Isn't the one in New England taller than SFDL's Giant Wheel? I know the height difference is very minimal, but I thought New England's had a slight edge by a few feet or so.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 10:24 AM
The tallest wheel in North America is still the Texas Star at Fair Park in Dallas at 212 feet. It only operates during the State Fair of Texas, but it is a permanent wheel.

SFNE's wheel is an earlier Vekoma model that is slightly shorter than the rest at 150 feet. The newer Vekoma wheels stand 158 ft tall and can be found at SFKK and SFDL (it is not 165 feet as Darien claims). I thought Navy Pier had a newer Vekoma wheel at 158 feet too, but if Brad G. is correct then Navy Pier must have an older model.

At 184 feet SFSL's Colossus is most likely the second tallest wheel North America, and probably the tallest at a North American theme park.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 10:29 AM

Touchdown said:
I believe that Las Vegas is constructing a monster wheel that will be the tallest in the world once its built.

There had been talk within the last five years about them constructing this thing. It was supposed to be about 600 feet tall, with enclosed Gondulas holding as many as 20 people at a time, and the center of the wheel was supposed to be a convention center. However, I have not heard much about it recently and apparently it was supposed to be opened mid 2002, but since I haven't heard anything about it, I guess it is either delayed, or they cancelled the plan.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 11:00 AM
Isn't SFSlt's 180 feet tall??
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 11:25 AM
Last I heard, the Vegas Wheel was having problem finding a home. The owners of Wet and Wild wanted to build one as well.

I don't know whats currently going on with it now.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:24 PM
Anyway, looking at the wheels in the rest of the world (especially Japan) its safe to say that the USA is not exactly interested in breaking any Ferris wheel records.

How tall is the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island?

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:45 PM
I believe the Wonder Wheel stands 150 feet tall.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:40 PM
Actually it looks like there may be four BIG (600ft) wheels planned for the future.

Check out for details.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:47 PM
Excuse me SFDL ferris wheel is the second largest in the U.S and it does stand at 165ft it is not new it has been there for quite a while maybe since when the park opened.

So SFDL is the second largest wheel next to the one at the texas state fair.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:49 PM
What about that hub-less wheel that the Intamin hyper goes through at LaQua?
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:51 PM
For the sake of my own curiosity, is the London Eye the world's tallest ferris wheel? Its about 450 feet, and it is one *amazing* ride. I'll be going for the second time in a couple of days.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 5:07 PM
The Eye is a fabulous experience (especially if you ride it at dusk in December), but I don't believe it still holds the title of tallest.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 5:28 PM
Actually I believe that the ferris wheel at Six Flags St.Louis is the tallest in America. The map & guide descride it as 18-stories high. It's not the tallest in the world though.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 5:33 PM
Colossus at SFStL is the tallest "park-bound" wheel....TX State Fair has THE largest US model...

But, as GregLeg's photo clearly demonstrates, there ARE bigger ones out there....I hate you Greg, LOL...;)


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