The first iconic Ferris wheel made its debut in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair. Over 110 years later, the amusement rides are still one of the preferred ways get a bird’s-eye view of a city in a way that skyscrapers, jets or cameras can’t offer. The next time that you travel in your private jet to a city with one of the best Ferris wheels in the world, take a moment to see a view that’s sure to delight.
Big O | Tokyo, Japan
When you take a look at the Big O Ferris wheel at the Tokyo Dome City amusement park, you’ll notice that something is missing: the axel. This type of Ferris wheel was the first of its kind. As of 2013, it’s also the largest axel-less Ferris wheel at 200 feet in diameter. As the Big O rotates, the Thunder Dolphin roller coaster periodically passes through the center of wheel at 81 miles per hour. (http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/attractions/)
London Eye | London, England
As the largest Ferris wheel in Europe at 443 feet tall, the London Eye on the Thames gives you an unobstructed, 360-degree view of the city. Built in celebration of the millennium, the cool factor that the Eye offers is in the way that you go for a ride. Instead of sitting in a teetering chair, you and up to 28 other passengers get loaded into an enclosed, transparent gondola-like capsule that’s like a slow-moving observation deck. For a more private experience that lets you bypass the crowds, book a private capsule in advance for you and your colleagues, family or friends. (http://www.londoneye.com/)
Singapore Flyer | Marina Bay, Singapore
The next time you charter a private jet to Singapore, be sure to take a ride on the Singapore Flyer. The Singapore Flyer is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world as of May 2013. It stands 541 feet tall, about 42 stories high. Each air conditioned capsule accommodates up to 28 passengers and offers views of the entire island city, including the Singapore River, Merlion Park and glimpses of the Straits of Johor and the Spice Islands. Operators of the Singapore Flyer offer unique experiences for love birds tying the knot, like the Solemnistion Package for those who wish to get married in a capsule and the Ritzy Elegancy Package or Eternal Devotion Package for the wedding reception. (http://www.singaporeflyer.com/)
High Roller | Las Vegas, Nevada
Soon the Singapore Flyer will have to hand over the title of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel when Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas debuts the High Roller in the LINQ entertainment district in late 2013 or early 2014. The High Roller will measure 520 feet in diameter and top out at 550 feet. The wheel’s 28 passenger cars will hold up to 40 guests, measure 225 square feet and, like the London Eye, will have completely transparent walls without support structures obstructing your view. (http://www.caesars.com/thelinq/)
Wonder Wheel | Brooklyn, New York
Built in 1920, the 150-foot Wonder Wheel on Coney Island is a Ferris wheel that gives you a roller coaster-like experience. It’s an “eccentric” wheel with 24 rocking carriages that aren’t fixed to the wheel’s rim. Instead, the carriages slide on rail between the rim and the center axel as the wheel rotates. If you want a similar experience on the West coast, check out the slightly smaller replica at Disneyland’s California Adventure. (http://www.wonderwheel.com/)
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