|Location||Orlando, Florida, US|
|Opened|| o 1st passenger: April 29, 2015
o Official: May 4, 2015
|Owner|| o Structure: Circle Entertainment
o 'Eye' brand: Merlin Entertainments (tenant & operator)
|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. Since July 28, 2016, it has been known as Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.
The Orlando Eye is operated by Merlin Entertainments, 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." 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'.
In January 2013, it was reported that the expected opening date had been pushed back to "by Thanksgiving [November] 2014". Erection of the main support structure began in December 2013. In April 2014 it was reported that completion had been further delayed until Spring 2015.
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.
In mid-February, it was announced that the soft opening was scheduled for May 1, followed by a grand opening ceremony on May 4.
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.
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.