I recently learned that a Ferris wheel is not a Ferris wheel if it is a giant observation wheel. Yes, you heard me right a Giant Observation Wheel. Personally, I think its just a term to help distinguish and market the 4 Giant Observation Wheels worldwide that claim this title. These four wheels are located in Australia, Singapore, England and The United States of America. Can you guess the name of these wheels? So what is the difference you may ask between a Ferris Wheel and a Giant Observation Wheel? The below table sets out what separates a mere Ferris Wheel from a Giant Observation Wheel.
So who invented the Ferris Wheel you might ask? The original Ferris wheel was designed and constructed by the company Ferris. This wheel debuted for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris wheel is used for all such structures. The Ferris Wheel is the most common type of amusement at fairs, carnivals and shows worldwide.
Now getting back to these four Giant Observation Wheels, The four are The Melbourne Star, The Singapore Flyer, The London Eye and The Las Vegas High Flyer. I have asked 3 other outstanding bloggers who have taken a trip on the Flyer, The Eye and the High Roller to tell us about their experience. I will complete the foursome with our experience on the Melbourne Star.
The Singapore Flyer by Marianne from Mum on the Move
The High Roller Vegas by Leslie at Trips with Tykes
Standing at 550 feet high, Las Vegas’s High Roller is the world’s largest observation wheel. It towers over the Strip at the LINQ Hotel, making a single revolution every half hour. It is slow enough for riders to hop into one of 28 fully-enclosed pod cabins as each one passes by the loading area. The bright lights visible along the Strip are breathtaking at night. This is definitely why the attraction charges increased fees after sunset. The good news for family travellers, however, is that kids 12 and under ride free at any hour.
The Las Vegas High Roller is the world’s largest Ferris Wheel
The London Eye by Karen from Mini Travellers
London Eye Tickets.
At 135 meters, the Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the world’s tallest observation wheels, offering breathtaking views of London and its famous landmarks. Your ticket includes new interactive guides powered by Samsung Galaxy Tab and an entry to the London Eye 4D Experience, an inspiring journey of discovery that brings London to life through multi-sensory special effects.
Book your tickets HERE.
The Melbourne Star
The Giant Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is 120 metres high. The wheel has 7 spokes which represent the seven stars on the Australian flag.The Star comprises of more than 7.5 kilometres of steel tubing, weighing over 1736 tonnes. A trip on the Melbourne Star takes 30 minutes for a full journey around the wheel. The Melbourne Star is a located in the Docklands district of the city of Melbourne Australia. We visited The Melbourne Star on a very blustery Sunday. The kids had a mixed look of excitement and fear all rolled into one of their faces but once we were on the Star excitement took over!
The Melbourne Star observation wheel was great fun
The staff on the boarding deck were extremely friendly and helpful with instructions and able to answer questions about your ride on the giant wheel. A nice touch is the P.A system that informs you of a monument, building or landmark to look for. The P.A gives you a rundown on the history of Melbourne. Information about the Star itself is featured during your journey. The Star is positioned so that you get a view of the bay area for the first half of the journey. The second half brings into view the Melbourne CBD. The Star is not cheap that’s for sure with a family ticket going for around $90 AUD. The smart move is to check Living Social and Scoupon for specials that often come up.
Melbourne Star Tickets
Experience a single 30-minute flight in a fully enclosed, air-conditioned cabin that will take you 120 meters above Melbourne. The Melbourne Star Observation wheel is the only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere.
Book your tickets HERE.
So there you go, what’re your thoughts Ferris Wheel or Giant Observation Wheel?. I think Ferris Wheel.