It appears Atlanta will be getting a Ferris wheel in time for the summer tourist season.
Atlanta's city council approved plans yesterday for "SkyView Atlanta," a 180-foot high Ferris wheel that could open for business in downtown Atlanta next month.
The wheel, originally used in Paris, is currently in Pensacola, Florida. Pacific Development, the St. Louis company that owns the wheel, has shopped it around to different cities since then, exploring options in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Miami before finally settling on Atlanta.
The future SkyWheel Atlanta as seen in its current location, Pensacola, Florida.
The wheel has a capacity of 10,000 riders a day but according to the Pensacola News Journal, 360 Pensacola, as the wheel is currently known, gets between 600 and 800 riders on its best days. Pacific Development thinks it's moving SkyView to a pretty promising spot in Atlanta, bordering a collection of popular museums and public space. "Centennial Park has a lot of other attractions," says spokesman Jason Evans, adding, "but they're the sort of things you watch instead of the things you do."
Each ride on SkyView will go around four times for 15 minutes and will cost $12 to $14.
Top image of "360 Pensacola Beach" via Flickr user bcbnwa