No proverbial grass is growing under National Harbor—’cuz one gets whiplash from the dizzying pace at which it’s adding major attractions. To wit, enter the Capital Wheel, a Ferris wheel currently chillin’ aboard a tugboat in the Potomac River as it heads to its home at National Harbor (where it will open to the public in May). Personally, I’m a dude that really isn’t into the whole “height” thing, but this gigantic spinning wheel might get me to rethink my height issues . . . at least once.
Well . . . maybe.
But anyway, I couldn’t be happier it’s coming! ‘Cuz while Bellevue languishes without many goods, services, businesses, or experiences that don’t involve liquor stores, carry-outs, or social service distribution(s), it’s at least nice to appreciate the things that we Bellevue-ans ( . . . still working on that one) can access quickly and conveniently.
Update: The Capital Wheel Press Kit content has been added to the site:
Fun Facts About The Capital Wheel:
- Size: 175 Feet Tall (diameter of wheel is 165 feet)
- Visible from the Top of the Observation Wheel: Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, Alexandria, Prince George’s County
- Number of Climate-Controlled Gondolas: 42 (including 1 VIP Gondola)
- Maximum Number of Passengers: 336 (8 per Gondola)
- Price (estimated): $15 per ride (VIP Gondola will cost more)
- Hours of Operation (estimated): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., year-round
- Ride Speed: 1.5 rotations per minute
- Lighting: 1.6 million LED lights, fully programmable, with a spectrum of 16.7 million colors
- Concessions: Wolfgang Puck Catering will operate concessions, and the Observation Wheel will be available for private party rental.
- Other Cities with Observation Wheels: London, Seattle, Niagara Falls, Brisbane, Perth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Malacca Island, Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.
- Manufacturer: Chance Rides, Wichita, Kansas
- Architect: Brown Craig Turner, Baltimore, Maryland
- Construction Manager / General Contractor: Cianbro
- Scheduled Opening Date: May 2014
Press Kit Content: