Myrtle Beach businesses and city want iconic new Ferris wheel

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Visitors coming to the Grand Strand could see a big new attraction in Myrtle Beach over the next few years. The city wants to bring a SkyWheel Ferris wheel to the beach by next summer. The 175 foot-tall wheel near Plyler Park will feature 42 gondolas that would be heated and air-conditioned so that it could be used all year long.

Read more and see video from WBTW/Myrtle Beach.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:16 PM

Interesting idea. But dose the area really have that much to look at to merit a Giant wheel.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:58 PM

Precisely what I was thinking. Boardwalk at the Beach is about a mile north, and I can't imagine there's much to see there from 175 feet up. Other than that it's just a bunch of buildings and miles of beach. I suppose this would have made more sense a few years ago when the Pavilion was still open; the now vacant site is only a couple blocks from Plyler Park.

Last edited by Vater, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:59 PM
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:52 PM

Myrtle Beach is dying a slow, painful death. They got rid of the bikers, they're trying to get rid of college and teens for Senior/Spring Break weeks, they shuttered the Pavilion, and no one went to that other big new theme park that's just sitting there.

Very sad. Don't know what it's ranked now, but it used to be the #2 US destination, just behind Orlando. I can't imagine it still is.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 6:38 PM

How about they just rebuild the Pavilion? :)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 9:02 PM

^Un-taer it down! ;)

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 3:42 AM

“No one is building amusement parks in this country these days,” said Downtown Redevelopment Corporation.

Did this quote make anyone else laugh out loud? :)

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:39 PM

Obviously he didn't know about Hard Rock/Freestyle Music Park. Now that is a marketing failure.

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Friday, June 18, 2010 12:58 PM

There are a few new parks in this country. it's no were near the volume it was 30-40 years ago. but people are still building parks.

There have to be better things to build. personally I woudl not go out of my way to ride a Ferris wheel. if it was in an area I was already in maybe things woudl be different but I would still need to want to see something or get pictures of something.

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Friday, June 18, 2010 1:31 PM

It'll be a stop on everyone's vacation? Really?

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