The West Coast’s Biggest Ferris Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel is a 175-foot-tall, 170,000-pound Ferris wheel on pier 57 between the Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium on Seattle’s waterfront, overlooking Puget Sound. It transports up to 8 people in 42 covered, heated, and air-conditioned gondolas. Passengers can enjoy a spectacular view of the city, sound, and mountains while listening to a narration on Seattle’s waterfront history as they are lifted into the air. The wheel is the first of its kind to be constructed on water. The wheel also includes one unique reserve gondola with glass floors for the ultimate viewing experience.

Over 500,000 LED lights cover The Seattle Great Wheel. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from pm to 10 pm, they present a vivid light spectacular display. Keep an eye out for special themed light shows on holidays and game days; they’re incredibly entertaining to see. Custom light shows are also available. The Seattle Great Wheel will love to be a part of your event if you are getting married, having a special occasion, or want to conduct a baby gender reveal. Patterns, text, colors, and designs can all be programmed.

What is the duration of the Seattle Ferris Wheel ride?

The length of the Seattle Great Wheel ride varies depending on the number of people on board and the season, but it usually lasts between 10 and 20 minutes. The length of each ride is determined by the size of the crowd and the number of gondolas we are loading. The Seattle Great Wheel typically has ride times of 12-20 minutes during summer operations with more prominent passengers. When the crowds are less during winter operations, ride times are generally between 10-15 minutes. Every ride, though, is three complete revolutions of the wheel.

How many people can the Seattle Great Wheel hold at once?

Each of the 41 traditional white gondolas of The Seattle Great Wheel may accommodate eight passengers. If the crowds are exceptionally huge and the queues are long, parties of 6 or less may be grouped with others. It is essential to abide by the capacity policy since people must consider everyone’s safety when loading and balancing the Seattle Great Wheel. If you buy a VIP ticket, the cabin will be reserved exclusively for your group, and each passenger in the VIP cabin will need to buy a ticket.

Final thoughts

The Seattle Great Wheel, located on the Seattle central waterfront, will open to the public on June 29, 2012. The 175-foot-high rollercoaster, situated at the end of Pier 57, contains 42 climate-controlled gondolas that can carry up to eight guests apiece. One gondola is a VIP gondola, which seats four people and has red leather seats and a glass floor. Each ride lasts 10 to 20 minutes and includes three complete wheel spins. Soaring high above the shoreline, the Great Wheel will soon challenge the Space Needle as a Seattle symbol and photography subject.

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