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One of the most iconic traditional rides available. This is superb when you need something a little slower for those who don’t want to be turned upside down and inside out. Big wheels have been a regular fixture at funfairs throughout the world for over 100 years. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. designing the first ever one in 1893.
Its not only a super attraction, but being so high, makes a landmark centrepiece for any event. Being visible all over your venue the Ferris Wheel is a standout attraction. A great draw for your bonfire or fireworks night.
The Ferris or Big Wheel, is one of the mainstays of any funfair event. Its one of those rides like the Carousel or Helter Skelter that is instantly familiar to anyone being one of the iconic fairground rides.
Basically the ride consists of two giant spoked wheels parallel to each other. Between them are suspended a number of cars for the riders to sit in. As the ride turns the cars remain upright due to being mounted on a rotating axle.
Our rides need around 44ft width and 35ft depth for installation. We have used them successfully at many indoor venues, though obviously they do need suitable headroom.
There are even bigger wheels out there, usually referred to as a continental wheel. These can be supplied, but for anything less than a major event they are prohibitively expensive. Mainly due to the logistics required to transport and install them
The very first wheel of a type that would be familiar nowadays was called the Chicago Wheel . Designed by George Washington Gale Jr. It was 264ft (80.2) metres high. This was the tallest attraction at the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
There are historic depictions of pleasure wheels going back as far as the 1600’s. With the same basic idea though obviously with a more primitive design.
The oldest surviving wheel is the antique Weiner Riesenrad in Vienna, built in 1897. This has cabins for groups of people to gather in rather than seats as are traditional nowadays.
There are a number of funfair attractions that work great with our wheels, if you are going for a nostalgic feel, for the fair of yesteryear, then a carousel and helter skelter are a must. On the other hand if you are catering for todays white knuckle crowd, with miami rides and waltzers and the like, the wheel makes a great chill out ride, for those a little less daring.
In common with all of our attractions we supply;
Many of these documents are legal requirements. Never hire from an operator that cannot supply these.
Fun Facts About Ferris Wheels
The first ferris wheel was 264ft high. Invented by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. Powered by steam, it was introduced in 1893.
The Singapore Flyer, completed in 2008 was said to cost $240 Million.
The current worlds tallest wheel is 550ft high. The High Roller in Nevada U.S.
The 668ft wheel in Dubai will carry 1400 passengers once it is completed.
The oldest wheel still in use is the Riesenrad in Vienna dating from 1897.
The original wheel carried 2160 passengers in 36 cars.
The first wheel charged 50cents per ride, the equivalent today of $10.52
The first version cost $380,000 (the equivalent of $8,223,226) to build.
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