I have never been on one of these massive ferris wheels. I would love to see the view from the top. London eye always looked awesome! Anyone had the pleasure of riding it? If so, what was the experience like? The largest ferris wheel I have been on was at Myrtle Beach a long time ago. It was huge.
I've pretty much only heard Cedar Fair fanboys say that the London eye was cool. ^ To each their own, in my honest opinion MotC. ;)
BTW I saw this video earlier on Yahoo. After all of the huge coasters I've been on, Ferris Wheels are still my only vice when it comes to my fear of heights. I finally forced myself on CP's wheel over the summer, and actually ended up being able to relax enough to enjoy the view for the first time. As for 541 feet, I don't know if I have the nerve for that just yet.
-Sean *** Edited 2/15/2008 2:08:37 PM UTC by Sean Menefee***
Can someone explain the above post? Does it mean that only CF fan boys have reviewed the London Eye; only CF fan boys like the London Eye; if you like the London Eye you must be a CF fan boy?
And what is MotC? Urbandictionary.com has it as undefined. I did find a few references on the web but Masters of the Cage, Ministry of Transportation and Communication, or monthly one time charge don't really seem applicable.
I'm not sure why I really care, but it is a slow Friday morning and I guess I have nothing better to do.
I hardly consider either this wheel or the London Eye "thrill rides" by any stretch of the imagination...I mean, in the vid for the Singapore one I saw some guy in wingtips drinking wine!!
And having been on the London Eye myself, it's more akin to an elevator or being in a tall building...it's just about the view. An actual open-air, swinging carriage ferris wheel is nothing like these...
I think every city should build one of those. They look absolutely spectacular. I love the design of all of them. They are actually the only pieces of modern architecture that don´t play around with unnecessary kitsch.
China will get an even bigger one and Berlin is in the process of building another one, but I don´t know when they will overcome all the numerous legal hurdles.
tricktrack said: I think every city should build one of those. They look absolutely spectacular.
Here in NJ, they're trying to get one built at the Meadowlands. If constructed, it would be the tallest in North America, something like 240 feet. Of course the mayor of some nearby town is trying to stop it, saying the wheel would block his town's view of the Manhattan skyline in the distance. I guess Giants Stadium and a bunch of high-tension wire towers haven't already spoiled the view.
Mamoosh said: ^ Spoken by someone who must have never been on one of these.
Actually, I do remember riding one of those when I was a lot younger. I remember being terrified! I guess you could consider it a thrill ride. I just think never have thought of a ferris wheel as being a thrill ride more than an observation ride,
They look spectacular, but I have heard a lot of "don't ride it, it's pretty boring" comments from people actually having had a ride on the London Eye, for example. The Singapore model really looks fun though, I especially like the blue lights at night--- looks so much like what it was supposed to look like in SF novels. 2008 here we come.
P.S. In the video it says there is one to be built in Berlin... Makes me kind of curious where they're going to put it. *** Edited 2/16/2008 2:19:36 AM UTC by superman***