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Country’s Largest Observation Wheel coming to Orlando

The country’s largest observation-wheel will open in Orlando in 2010, offering panoramic views of Disney, SeaWorld and other locations as far as 25 miles away.

Official plans for the 400-foot attraction were announced Wednesday, June 25, by Singapore-based Great Wheel Corp.

“As one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations, Orlando provides the ideal location for North America’s first Great Wheel,” says Florian Bollen, Chairman of Great Wheel Corporation. “We are bringing the Great Wheel not just to Orlando but to the millions of visitors who vacation here each year.”

The Ferris wheel-like attraction will sit next to the Orlando-Orange County Convention Center in the heart of the thriving tourism corridor at 6503 Westwood Boulevard.

The attraction’s 30-minute rides will also offer views of launches from Kennedy Space Center and nightly fireworks unlike anywhere else in North America, according to Bollen.

“The Great Orlando Wheel will attract visitors and locals, young and old alike,” Bollen said. “They will come to enjoy one-of-a-kind dining and shopping, with the added benefit of spectacular views.

The Great Orlando Wheel is one of several observation wheels currently under development in gateway cities around the globe, including Beijing, Singapore and Berlin.

Orlando is the first North American site for the Great Wheel Corp.

The London Eye is one of the tallest structures in Europe and it welcomes an average of 3.5 million customers each year, according to its Web site.

Before the Orlando attraction, the Pepsi company announced it planned to create America’s largest Ferris wheel in New Jersey. The attraction would be 287 feet tall, according to a Business Wire report.

Currently, the largest observation wheel in the world is the Singapore Flyer.

Information courtesy of Local 6 Orlando