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.
Might be something you do once, just to say, "I did that".
Oh wait, someone already did that.
I think it would be more fun if the wheel spun continuously and people had to time it just right then...LEAP onto a passing car.
Indiana Jones music could play in the background during the leap!
Still, ride it once, then get back to the theme parks, I say!
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