Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels

Named after George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr this popular fairground attraction hasn’t changed much over the years, but now and again theme parks need to build a special version of this fun fair ride to fit in with the theming or surrounding rides. What you end up with are some very unique Ferris wheels that are well worth a ride…

 


Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels


 

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
Osaka Ferris Wheel

10 – Osaka
www.dpreview.com/forums/post/17041774

More of an oval than a wheel but the passenger cars are suspended on its outer edge just like a normal one!

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
The Big O Ferris Wheel

9 – Tokyo
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centreless_wheel

This ride is the world’s only Centreless wheel and they had to make it that way because it’s got a roller coaster track going through the middle of it!

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
Baseball Ferris Wheel

8 – Detroit
mentalfloss.com/article/17892/8-things-do-ballpark-besides-watch-game

Comerica Park is an open-air ballpark located in Downtown Detroit and the home of the Detroit Tigers (Major League Baseball Team) and also a rather unusual Ferris Wheel.

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
US Royal Tyres Ferris Wheel

7 – Michigan
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniroyal_Giant_Tire

The Uniroyal Giant Tire Ferris wheel was created by the Uniroyal Tire Company for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, but it has since been moved to Allen Park, Michigan

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
Waggons Ferris Wheel

6 – Yorkshire
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooXbaxTQr_g

It might look like the wild west, but it’s just good theming and it’s located at Flamingo Land theme park here in the UK.

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
Toys ‘R’ Us Ferris Wheel

5 – New York
www.babygizmo.com/10-fun-family-friendly-things-new-york-city

Located in Toys R Us flagship location at the Toys R Us store in New York’s Times Square is a Ferris wheel with so many toy brands on it, it looks like a giant advert wheel! Very cool indeed, but oddly corporate.

World's Tallest Ferris Wheel
World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel

4 – Las Vegas
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2593569/Riders-1st-turns-big-Vegas-Ferris-wheel.html

This would have been no list at all if I didn’t include the world’s tallest Ferris wheel (They call it an observation wheel, but it’s the same thing) located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
Underground Ferris Wheel

3 – Transylvania
www.thebeautyoftravel.com/the-bizarre-beauty-of-transylvanias-salina-turda-salt-mine-theme-park

This Ferris wheel looks normal and at 65 feet high with only 6 gondolas it’s nothing to write home about. But what is amazing is that it’s located 350 feet underground inside a giant salt mine shaft! At only 64ft tall you don’t get anywhere near the top of it even at the highest point of the ride.

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
World’s First Figure 8 Ferris Wheel

2 – China
www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3162539

Called the Golden Reel it is the World’s first figure 8 Ferris wheel that is apparently inspired by two flaming asteroids! If that wasn’t scary enough it’s located 130 meters in the air!

Top 10 Weird and Unusual Ferris Wheels
World’s Oldest Moving Ferris Wheel

1 – Austria
www.worldtravelimages.net/Vienna_Leopoldstadt.html

Located at the Wurstelprater amusement park in Austria’s capital Vienna is the world’s oldest active Ferris wheels. It’s an impressive 64.75-metre (212 ft) tall and originally it had 30 gondolas but was severely damaged in World War II and when subsequently rebuilt only 15 gondolas. When it was built in 1897 it was the world’s tallest extant Ferris wheel all they way until 1985.

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