The bigger Ferris wheels get, the more cash flows

Posted Monday, March 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

The London Eye Ferris wheel, inaugurated on Dec. 31, 1999, was only meant to stay a few years. But almost immediately, it was clear that the 443-foot Eye would be a keeper. Its success, in turn, has reinvigorated demand for Ferris wheels. Similar “observation wheels,” a name that has come back into vogue, have recently opened or are being built in Malaysia; Manchester, England; Singapore; and Melbourne, Australia, with others planned for Berlin, Dubai, Beijing and Orlando, Fla.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 12:50 AM
MidwavePC's avatar "The London Eye Ferris Wheel" even became prominent location and factor in premiere episode, and beyond, of the new 'Doctor Who' series revival that began in 2005.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 1:56 AM
They give the people a view of the city. Of course, they are going to get a lot of revenue. The only way they won't if it's a city with nothing in it.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:49 AM
janfrederick's avatar ^How does that work? A city with nothing in it? ;)

In any case, you could put a wheel just about anywhere and have a great view. But I think San Francisco would be great...especicially if it were tall enough to peek out over the fog when it rolls in during summer.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 12:22 PM
Wow. It almost seems crazy not to think of one of these on the Detroit River in downtown Detroit as a city icon. A wheel? In the Motor City? If you've ever been to the top of the RenCen, you know there is alot to see there.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 1:12 PM
ShiveringTim's avatar If I remember my urban legend correctly, the big tire along I-94 near I-275 is a ferris wheel frame with a "rubber" skin. I agree - why not build a bigger version?
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 4:15 PM
If you're refering to the old "UNIROYAL" tire, I believe that is the cover for the wheel that was at the 1964-65 New Yorks Worlds Fair
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008 11:30 AM
crazy horse's avatar You are both correct.
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