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Seattle Great Wheel

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The Seattle Great Wheel is a giant Ferris wheel at Pier 57 on Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington With an overall height of 175 feet 533 m, it was the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast of the United States when it opened on June 29, 201226


  • 1 Opening day
  • 2 Construction and design
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Opening dayedit

The inauguration ceremony and opening to the public was on June 29, 2012 Participants in the ceremony, which took place at 2:30 pm, included a presentation of colors by the US Coast Guard, a speech by Seattle mayor Michael McGinn, and entertainment by the University of Washington cheerleaders, spirit team, and marching band7

Approximately 200 people lined up for the first ride on the wheel2 Tickets cost $13 per person, with discounts for children and seniors One luxury VIP gondola with red leather seats and a glass floor is available4 and costs $50 per person8

Construction and designedit

Seattle was the third city in North America to offer a wheel of this design,6 following the Niagara SkyWheel at Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Canada, which is also 175 feet 533 m tall, and the larger Myrtle Beach SkyWheel in South Carolina, which is 187 feet 570 m tall The Seattle wheel is the only one of the three to be built over water6

The Seattle Great Wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas, each able to carry up to eight passengers except the "VIP" gondola, seating four, giving a maximum capacity of over 3009 The 12-minute ride extends 40 feet 122 m out over Elliott Bay210


  1. ^ "Seattle: What's New" visitseattleorg Retrieved 4 July 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e Sullivan, Jennifer June 29, 2012 "The Seattle Great Wheel opens to a big crowd" The Seattle Times Retrieved 2012-07-02 
  3. ^ Nolasco, Joanna June 1, 2012 "Structures: 170,000-pound wheel on the pier That’s a tall order!" Puget Sound Business Journal Retrieved 2012-07-02 
  4. ^ a b Laura L Myers June 29, 2012 "Seattle's new landmark Great Wheel opening on waterfront" Chicago Tribune Reuters Retrieved 2012-07-02 
  5. ^ Levesque, John June 2012 "Recreation: Big Wheel" Seattle Business Magazine Retrieved 2012-06-30 
  6. ^ a b c Kugiya, Hugo June 29, 2012 "What ‘Seattle process’ Big wheel turns up fast" Puget Sound Business Journal Retrieved 2012-07-02 
  7. ^ "Grand opening of Seattle's Great Wheel" seattlepicom June 29, 2012 Retrieved 2012-06-30 
  8. ^ Frequently Asked Questions - Seattle Great Wheel
  9. ^ "Seattle Great Wheel" Seattle Great Wheel September 1, 2013 Retrieved 2013-09-01 
  10. ^ "Seattle's Great Wheel opening pushed back to June 29" KING-TV June 20, 2012 Retrieved 2012-06-30 

External linksedit

  • Official website

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