Chicago Says Goodbye to Navy Pier’s Ferris Wheel
Chicago said #Ferrwell to the 20-year-old Navy Pier Ferris wheel on Sunday, but don't worry, a bigger one will be debuting for the summer of 2016!
The truth is, Ferris wheels and I do NOT get along. If you ever want to see me really freak out, just get stuck on the top of one with me. It's not a good time.
I may have never been brave enough to ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, but I was still sad to see that it will be completely dismantled by Halloween, and that it took it's very last ride on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at around 8 p.m. I mean, come on, the Ferris wheel is what people think about when they hear the words "Navy Pier." I guess that is why it's time for a bigger and better one.
Here's some interesting facts about the new wheel that will debut in the summer of 2016 from the Navy Pier website:
- The new wheel will stand 196 feet tall, 50 feet taller than the existing wheel.
- The new wheel will feature 42 climate controlled gondolas that can hold up to 180 more passengers per ride.
- The new wheel is the same model as the Hong Kong Observation Wheel.
- The gondolas will be colored ‘Navy Pier blue.’
- The approximate weight of the new wheel is 992,080 pounds.
Yes, this new wheel sounds absolutely awesome, but nope, I will not be riding it. Just hearing about the height of it has me feeling the starting effects of a panic attack. Hope you all enjoy it though!