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Ferris Wheel Like London Eye Could Be Coming To Downtown Dallas

You could be seeing Dallas from a whole new perspective. The Dallas County commissioners gave preliminary thumbs up to plans for a 17-story observation wheel, much like the London Eye, to be built in Founders Plaza. The capsuled ferris wheel will be air-conditioned and provide audio information during the 15 minute ride.

It’s all apart of an effort to bring some zing to downtown Dallas. There are already tons of improvement projects in progress around downtown Dallas. There is the park being built over Woodall Rogers, the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge over the Trinity, and the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in the West End. The observation wheel will be a bit smaller than the Texas Star, which is a feature at the State Fair of Texas.

The wheel is backed by Great City Attractions, a company that has designed similar projects in Europe, Australia, and Asia.

The best part is the revenue the wheel could bring in. It’s estimated that the county could make at least $500,000 a year from the wheel.

There are concerns about the proximity to Dealy Plaza and the John F Kennedy Memorial, but the wheel would be located atop a parking garage across the street.

Barring no speed bumps, the wheel could be up and running by April of next year.

If you want a sample of what the observation wheel will be like, have a look at the famous London Eye!

  • Bill Chance

    That looks like a great idea! With the completion of the Dallas Arts District downtown is gaining so man venues and attractions – the only thing lacking is people. A ferris wheel would be tailor-made to attract tourists and locals alike to the area and help reach a “critical mass” of attractions that can bring people downtown on a regular basis.

    One suggestion would be to plan a spot near the wheel for Food Trucks to park. These have become a fun and effective draw and a designed area with parking spots plus a few tables nearby would help bring people down and keep them there for a while.

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