SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel to Open July 16
- Jul 12, 2013
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
Starting July 16, Atlanta residents and tourists will get unparalleled views of the city aboard the 20-story SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel.
The initial opening date—set for July 4—had to be pushed back as construction crews discovered a bank of Georgia Power electrical ducts that could not be moved and they had to build around them. Out of the six concrete pads that anchor the wheel, one was supposed to be placed on the very spot where the electrical ducts were discovered.
Located at the South end of Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta, the SkyView Ferris wheel is equipped with 42 gondolas that will be able to hold up to six people. All gondolas are fully enclosed and wheelchair accessible.
Set within walking distance from the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and Philips Arena, the ferris wheel will provide nearby parking options two blocks south, on the corner of Luckie St. and Cone St.
According to 11Alive, crews assembled the remaining panels on the 200-foot wheel on Thursday, along with nearly one million lights that can be programmed to switch colors.
The official opening has been set for Tuesday, July 16, at 12 p.m. Adults will pay $14.45 for a ride, while seniors, military and children will benefit from special prices.