Drove by the Orlando Eye on the way to Sea World today and wow is this thing huge. It looks like all the spokes were now in place and all that's left is attaching the cars to it. I wonder how it compares in size to the ferris wheel that used to be up the road at what was Circus World/Boardwalk and Baseball? I remember that wheel being huge and visible for many miles.
Today Merlin hosted Theme Park Review and invited media to witness the beginning of the installation of the first passenger cabin of The Orlando Eye. Now that the wheel is complete the 30 passenger cabins are ready to be attached to the wheel. Interior work on The Orlando Eye Terminal (lobby) along with the 4-D Experience pre-show seems to be progressing as well, with the full experience set to open in early 2015.
This is what we're here to see today!
See these things? These keep the passenger cabins attached to the Eye.
The setting for today's story!
When the wheel is complete, these wheels will have the ability to move down on to the Eye structure to control the ride's motion and speed.
Time to lift the car into place!
It took a few tries since the process has to be so precise, but after a few minutes the arm was attached to the cabin...
The first bolt was put into place, starting a 2-4 hour process required to fully install each passenger cabin on the wheel. At least one cabin will be installed today with the remaining 29 set to be installed in the coming days.
Still plenty of work to do, but this was a definite milestone in the construction process!
Such an awesome logo!
We can't wait until The Orlando Eye is fully built and open to guests!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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