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 the classic funfair ride to fit in with the parks theming or surrounding rides. When you think of a Ferris Wheel you might have a fun-fair image in mind. But these ten you are about to see are the more unusual designs and types of Ferris Wheels. They are the worlds most unusual Ferris Wheels and this is where they are located…
Ten of the Worlds Most Unusual Ferris Wheels and Where to Find Them
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More of an oval than a wheel but the passenger cars are suspended on its outer edge just like a normal one!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. It’s not as tall as the worlds tallest steel coasters, but it’s pretty tall!
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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.
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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!
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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 the way until 1985.