The Orlando Eye in December 25, 2016
|Location||8401 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, US|
|Opened|| • 1st passenger: April 29, 2015|
• Official: May 4, 2015
|Owner|| • Structure: Circle Entertainment|
• 'ICON' brand: IDL Wheel Wheel Tenant LLC (tenant & operator)
|Height||400 ft (122 m)|
The ICON Orlando is a 400 ft (122 m) tall giant observation wheel in Orlando, Florida, United States. It carried its first passenger on April 29, 2015. On July 28, 2016, it was rebranded to be known as the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. On March 11, 2018, another name change took place, making it the ICON Orlando.
Design and construction
It's described as an observation wheel, because "this is a stabilized-driven (capsule) that gives you a really smooth experience on the way around, so it doesn't feel like when you're at 400-feet, that you're swinging around in mid-air." According to its official website, the ICON Orlando is the first wheel ever to use such a system in combination with a suspended 'ski lift capsule design'.
In January 2013, it was reported that the expected opening date had been pushed back to "by Thanksgiving November 2014". Erection of the main support structure began in December 2013. In April 2014 it was reported that completion had been further delayed until Spring 2015.
Installation of the 30 air-conditioned passenger capsules, each of which can carry up to 15 persons, began in mid-January 2015, and the last capsule was installed on February 5, 2015.
On July 3, 2015, at around 4:00 pm, a few months after operations began, the Eye experienced a technical fault with the system that monitors the wheel position, causing the system to automatically shut down, stranding about 66 riders for approximately three hours.
On July 28, 2016, the Orlando Eye followed its London counterpart in becoming sponsored by Coca-Cola. The deal included the renaming of the Eye and four new "Surprise and Delight" capsules, which are branded capsules with a cooler of soda and selfie sticks.
On March 11, 2018, it was rebranded again as ICON Orlando.
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