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Orlando Eye
Orlando Eye
Coca-Cola Orlando Eye logo.svg
This aerial image was taken on September 11, 2015 when the Orlando Eye was displaying patriotic colors.
General information
Type Ferris wheel
Location Orlando, Florida, US
Opened  o 1st passenger: April 29, 2015
 o Official: May 4, 2015
Owner  o Structure: Circle Entertainment[1][2]
 o 'Eye' brand: Merlin Entertainments (tenant & operator)[3]
Height 400 ft (122 m)

The Orlando Eye is a 400 ft (122 m) tall giant Ferris wheel near Orlando, Florida, US. It carried its first passenger on April 29, 2015.[4] Since July 28, 2016, it has been known as Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.[5][6]

Design and construction

The Orlando Eye is operated by Merlin Entertainments,[7] which also runs the world-famous London Eye. It's described as an observation wheel, because "[t]his is a stabilized-driven (capsule) that gives you a really smooth experience on the way around, so it doesn't feel like when you're at 400-feet, that you're swinging around in mid-air."[8] According to its official website, the Orlando Eye is the first wheel ever to use such a system in combination with a suspended 'ski lift capsule design'.[9]

The wheel was reported to be in the early stages of planning in March 2011,[7] with completion due in the summer of 2014 and was approved by county commissioners in September 2012.[7]

In January 2013, it was reported that the expected opening date had been pushed back to "by Thanksgiving [November] 2014".[10] Erection of the main support structure began in December 2013.[11] In April 2014 it was reported that completion had been further delayed until Spring 2015.[8]

Installation of the 30 air-conditioned passenger capsules, each of which can carry up to 15 persons, began in mid-January 2015, and the last capsule was installed on February 5, 2015.[12]

In mid-February, it was announced that the soft opening was scheduled for May 1, followed by a grand opening ceremony on May 4.[13]


On July 3, 2015, at around 4:00pm, a few months after operations began, the Eye experienced a technical fault with the system that monitors the wheel position, causing the system to automatically shut down, stranding about 66 riders for approximately three hours.[14]


On July 28, 2016, the Orlando Eye followed its London counterpart in becoming sponsored by Coca-Cola. The deal included the renaming of the Eye and four new "Surprise and Delight" capsules, which are branded capsules with a cooler of soda and selfie sticks.[5][6]


  1. ^ Merlin Entertainments confirms talks with Circle Entertainment
  2. ^ Wood, Debra (March 17, 2011). "Merlin Eyes Orlando for Ferris Wheel Project". ENR Southeast. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ Merlin Entertainments PLC - Announcement of Intention to Float Archived September 25, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Jensen, Christina (April 30, 2015). "13-year-old leukemia patient becomes Orlando Eye's first official rider". News 13. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Orlando Eye is renamed the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye". 28 July 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Dineen, Caitlin. "Orlando Eye officially flies Coca-Cola banner". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c Cruz, Georgina (January 19, 2015). "Orlando Eye observation wheel set to open in spring". Orlando Sentinel. 
  8. ^ a b Fais, Scott (April 16, 2014). "I-Drive 360: Construction continues on the Orlando Eye". Bay News 9. 
  9. ^ Alava, Andrea (January 20, 2015). "Passenger Capsules Begin Installation". Orlando Eye. 
  10. ^ "Construction to soon begin on Orlando Eye". Click Orlando. January 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "I-Drive Live: The Orlando Eye Goes Vertical!". Orlando Parks News. December 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Bevil, Dewayne. "Orlando Eye: All 30 capsules now in place". orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ Dineen, Caitlin (February 17, 2015). "Orlando Eye grand opening set for May 4; Harris to Tussauds". Orlando Sentinel. 
  14. ^ "Orlando Eye back open after malfunction left riders stuck". WFTV. July 4, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 28°26?36?N 81°28?06?W / 28.443198°N 81.468296°W / 28.443198; -81.468296

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