What Are the Highest Ferris Wheels in the World?

The panorama as seen from the London Eye. (Image:   via  wikimedia  CC BY-SA 3.0)
The panorama as seen from the London Eye. (Image: via wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0)

If you are actually afraid of heights, but can’t say no to Ferris wheel rides, or you’re just a big fan of Ferris wheels, then hold your socks, because the following examples of giant Ferris wheels in East China’s Shandong Province, Las Vegas, and Dubai will surely amaze you.

A Ferris wheel without a center shaft

The Chinese Ferris wheel in Weichang has been praised by Chinese online media as the world’s largest hollow Ferris wheel, reaching 476 feet (145 m) into the sky. It truly is a marvelous sight to see.

What makes it unique is the fact that it lacks a construction element most Ferris wheels carry in common — a center shaft. The Eye of the Bohai Sea, as the giant hollow wheel structure is officially called, was opened to the public on May 16, 2018 in China’s Shandong Province.

The wheel overlooks the spot where the Bailang river flows into the Bohai Sea, giving visitors a bird’s eye view of the surrounding scenery composed of cityscapes melting into the natural scenery beyond. While the world’s largest hollow Ferris wheel is something unique, it is not the largest Ferris wheel in the world. Which one is the world’s largest?

London’s Eye

The London Eye, is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. A ride around it takes about 30 min. (Image Credit: Diliff (Taken by user) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons)

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. A ride around it takes about 30 minutes. (Image: via wikimedia Diliff CC BY 2.5)

Counting as one of the world’s highest Ferris wheels is the London Eye in the U.K. At 443 feet (135 m), it even stands among the 20 tallest structures of London.

Las Vegas’s High Roller

High Roller, a Giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States of America. (Image: pixabay / Daniel Ramirez/ Flickr / CC0 1.0)

High Roller, a Giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The High Roller Ferris wheel, which in Las Vegas in 2014, is currently the largest Ferris wheel, standing at a height of 550 feet (167.6 m).

The Dubai Eye: The sleeping giant

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai. Soon the Beach area will have the worlds larges Ferris wheel. (Image Credit: pixabay / AD Taesdale/ Flickr / CC0 2.0)

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, soon to be the location of the worlds largest Ferris wheel. (Image Credit: pixabay / CC0 2.0)

But the amusement wheel that puts all of the above under a long cast shadow, in terms of height, is the Dubai Eye, a 689 foot (210 m) high Ferris wheel planned to overlook Jumeirah Beach Residence, a Bluewaters Island development project in Dubai.

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