Friday, March 11, 2011

The Largest Ferris Wheel in the Eastern US is Coming to Myrtle Beach!

With the warmth of the sun caressing your cheek and the smell of saltwater filling the air, you step into your SkyWheel carriage and prepare for the journey up, up and away into the brilliant blue sky. You instinctively seek the hand of a parent, sibling, best friend or sweetheart as you rise and fall over the beach’s golden sand. The scenic view of the sun sparkling on the water invites a smile upon your face as you notice a school of playful dolphins skipping through the waves in the seemingly endless horizon. The joyful memory of this experience will stay with you forever. Take it all in.

Myrtle Beach's boardwalk is welcoming a brand new Ferris wheel attraction - the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach. For several weeks, construction crews have been hard at work to meet its scheduled May 2011 grand opening, aligned with the opening of Jimmy Buffett’s Land Shark Bar and Grill. This Swiss-designed and -manufactured structure, will stand 200 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. The SkyWheel will not only be the largest wheel of any kind east of the Mississippi River, but it will also be the first observation wheel of its kind in the United States and only the second in North America. During rides that will last ten to twelve minutes, up to six passengers ride in one of 42 climate-controlled, enclosed gondolas with non-reflective glass coverings to ensure the best possible photos and videos of the beautiful panoramic views. One designated VIP carriage will even have a glass floor and leather bucket seating for an even more enhanced experience! In addition, the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach is equipped with a state-of-the-art computer-generated lighting system that features more than one million LED lights. With several magical light shows taking place every evening after sunset, it is sure to be an unforgettable sight and experience for you and the entire family.

Because the views from the SkyWheel promise to be unlike any that you’ve ever seen at the beach, be sure to schedule a ride during your family’s next vacation to Myrtle Beach!

For pictures of the construction process, visit the fan page at:

To view a video of the beginnings of the construction project, check out:

A rendering of what the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will look like when constructed.

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