The London Eye took the world by storm when it was launched as the Millennium Wheel in 1999. Standing at 443 feet, this larger than Ferris wheel which transformed the London skyline, provides panoramic views in all directions. The passenger capsules with space for 32 guests is perfect for receptions.
The 21st century has seen a resurgence in this tradition and other destinations have been launching giant Ferris wheels. Event planners can keep this in mind when in search of an experience straight from the bucket list to add the "wow" factor to corporate events and incentive trips in Singapore, Dubai, Las Vegas, and other destinations.
- The London Eye, 1999. Experiences for groups include the champagne experiences and hot chocolate and wine tastings,
- Eye of the Emirates, 2005, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Operated by Al Qasba, this wheel provides views to as far away as Dubai from its air-conditioned cabins.
- Niagara SkyWheel, 2006. From this gigantic Ferris wheel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, guests soar 175 above the falls and enjoy panoramic views in enclosed gondolas that are heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer
- Star of Nanchang was completed in 2006
- Big O at Tokyo Dome 2006
- Singapore Flyer, 2008. From this 165-meter high wheel groups can enjoy gourmet meals with sky butlers, high tea flights, a fully catered reception, with canapes, soft drinks, juices, or a Singapore Sling or Signature Cocktail experience with take-away glass.
- Melbourne Star, December 20, 2008
- Wiener Riesenrad, Giant Ferris Wheel at the Vienna Prater, refurbished and re-opened in 2008.
- Las Vegas' High Roller, The world's newest and (for now) tallest giant Ferris wheel, standing 167 meters high, opened to the public on March 31, 2014.
- Eye on Staten Island (2015)
- Nippon Moon, Japan
- Dubai Eye is under development on Bluewaters Island from reclaimed land. The planned height is 688 feet, which means it will dwarf both the High Flyer and the Eye on Staten Island.
Photo Credit: J.R. Ramos