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Largest Ferris Wheels in the World

Raksha Kulkarni May 21, 2020
In 1893, George W. Ferris constructed the first Ferris wheel at the World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago. It attracted a lot of attention but sadly, was destroyed in 1906. This idea spread worldwide and several such were erected later.
These huge rides have various cabins and rotate slowly. They are now also called as ‘observation wheels’. They definitely let you observe the stunning view in peace.
People of all ages enjoy this ride and the larger, the better; right? We’ve made a list of such stunning Ferris wheels.
1. High Roller
The largest Ferris wheel is located near the LINQ Hotel and Casino, on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada. It stands tall at a height of
550 ft (168 m). It was opened in 2014 to the public.
There are 28 cabins and each cabin can carry up to 40 people at a time. The unique part is that you can buy your drinks from the base and carry it along for the ride. After all, it’s Vegas! There are happy hours every day when you may get a cabin that has a bar and a bartender inside.
2. Singapore Flyer
The wheel was opened in 2008 and boasts of a height of 541 ft (165 m). It is located along Marina Bay and undoubtedly, gives a breathtaking panoramic view of neighboring areas; even parts of Malaysia and Indonesia on clear days.
There are a total of 28 AC capsules which can take up to 28 passengers each, at a time. There are options of sipping tea at teatime or you can even dine here.
3. Star of Nanchang
The Ferris wheel was opened in 2006, at the Nanchang Star Amusement Park in Nanchang, China. It stands tall at 525 ft (160 m). There are 60 temperature controlled gondolas which can hold 8 people each at a time. Its special lighting display is a must-watch!
4. London Eye
The attraction stands tall at a height of 443 ft (135 m), along the famous River Thames in London. It was opened in 2000 and was known as the ‘Millennium Wheel’ then.
It has a total of 32 capsules which can carry 25 people each. A single rotation lasts for about 30 minutes and promises stunning views of the city.
5. Sky Dream
It stands tall at 413 ft (126 m) at the Lihpao Land theme park in Taichung, Taiwan. It is the largest Ferris wheel in Taiwan ever since its opening in 2017. It has a total of 60 cabins which can take up to 8 people each, at a time. It takes around 25 minutes to complete a single ride.
6. Redhorse Osaka Wheel
It was opened in 2016 and stands tall at 404 ft (123 m). It is located at Expocity, on the site of Expo ’70, in Osaka, Japan. It was the place where the world’s first ever fair was held in Asia. The unique feature of this wheel is that all 72 gondolas have transparent floors, which just enhances the view.
7. The Wheel at ICON Park Orlando
It was opened in 2015 and was known as the Orlando Eye then. It stands tall at 400 ft (122 m) and boasts of spectacular views.
It’s one of the tallest rides in Florida and you can see the theme parks, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando from the ride. The ride also offers Wi-fi and has facilities like hiring a private party capsule for adults.
8. Melbourne Star
It stands tall at 394 ft (120 m). It opened in 2008 at Docklands in Melbourne, Australia. The spokes of the wheel form a seven-pointed star. The wheel boasts of LED lights that display over 15 million light combinations.
The ride takes around 30 minutes of panoramic views of Docklands and surrounding areas like Philip Bay.
There are four Ferris wheels of
 394 feet each, in China. Let's check these giants too.
9. Zhengzhou Ferris Wheel
It was opened in 2003 at Century Amusement Park in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. It stands tall at 394 ft (120 m). There are a total of 48 cabins which accommodate 8 people each, at one time. It takes around 30 minutes to complete a ride.
10. Changsha Ferris Wheel
It started in 2004 in Changsha, Hunan, China. It’s located besides the Helong Stadium. It has 48 cabins that can fit 6 people each, at one time. The ride is fairly slow and takes around 20 minutes to complete a single ride.
11. Tianjin Eye
It opened in 2008 above the Yongle Bridge over the Hai River in Tianjin, China. It stands tall at 394 ft (120 m) and boasts of a spectacular view. It has 48 cabins in total and accommodates 8 people each. One ride takes around 30 minutes to complete.
12. Suzhou Ferris Wheel
It opened in 2009 in Suzhou, China. It’s located on the east bank of Jinji Lake, making it the largest lakeside Ferris wheel in China. It has 60 cabins which hold 5 people each. The whole ride takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Special Mentions
It definitely is a unique experience to see the Niagara Falls. It stands tall at 175 ft (53 m) and shows breathtaking views of the Horseshoe, American Falls and the Niagara Parks.
Niagara Sky Wheel
It stands tall at 130 ft (40 m) above the Santa Monica Pier. It’s world’s only solar-powered ferris wheel and gives a breathtaking view of the Southern California coastline.
Pacific Park Wheel, Santa Monica, California
Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel is a spokeless non-rotating Ferris wheel, located in Shandong, China. It stands tall at 476 ft (145 m) on the Bailing River.
This is a list of already functional Ferris wheels. There was a New York Wheel proposed but that didn’t happen. But, there’s news about the Dubai Eye opening in 2020, which will be 689 ft (210 m); becoming the largest in the world!