A 400-foot tall giant Ferris wheel, the Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the East Coast and less than 10 miles from many major Orlando-area attractions.
The structure weighs around 3 million pounds, with each of its 30 capsules contributing 6,600 pounds of that weight. That’s the average weight of an Indian elephant! Each of these capsules can carry up to 15 passengers.
While the Orlando Eye carried its first passenger on April 29, 2015, its grand opening was held on May 4 of the same year. Along with its cousin, the London Eye, it is operated by Merlin Entertainments. Both wheels are also sponsored by Coca-Cola. With the sponsorships, four capsules were rebranded as “Surprise and Delight” capsules. They contain a cooler of soda and selfie sticks.
In the center of both sides of the Orlando Eye, Flash Technology’s Vanguard Medium FTS 370 dual aviation obstruction light flashes white at day and red at night to ensure pilots are aware of the landmark’s presence.