Merlin in talks to build 425-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel on I-Drive
Published: March 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM
The London Eye
Merlin, which is building Legoland Florida in Winter Haven for a planned October opening, would be a participant in the planned I-Walk Orlando development, slated for the old Mercado location on Orlando's International Drive.
At 425 feet, the Orlando Eye would be a smidge smaller than the London Eye, which stands at 440 feet. The world's largest observation wheel is the Singapore Flyer, which stands 540 feet. The Orlando Eye would be about the same height as the new Peabody Hotel tower. (TPI reader and commentator TH Creative, this is where you jump in with a comment, I believe?)
Circle Entertainment, Inc. and Unicorp are developing the I-Walk Orlando project, which is scheduled to open in 2013. According to a joint press release e-mailed today, they want to bring Merlin on board to provide the observation wheel, as well as possibly a Madame Tussaud's wax museum and another, unnamed indoor attraction for the site.