by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – After months of anticipation, the two-point-five million-dollar Branson Ferris Wheel project comes to end and opens the gates to its first gondola.
On January 29th, The Track Family Fun Parks announced its purchase of the iconic 20-year-old Chicago Navy Pier Ferris Wheel. Just two weeks later, 26 semi-trucks loaded with the steel columns, gondolas and other pieces of the Ferris Wheel from Chicago arrived in Branson.
In the weeks that followed assembly on the wheel began, along with new buildings, walkways and landscaping to surround the attraction at Track Number Four.
President and CEO of the Track Family Fun Parks Craig Wescott says this adventure has been quite the experience:
Wescott adds as riders take the trip to the top of the Ferris Wheel they will be presented with a whole new outlook on Branson:
The Ferris Wheel also includes a new lighting system, installed by Branson entertainer and production expert Michael Haygood and his crew. Instead of the old incandescent lighting system, the Ferris Wheel now features 16-thousand light fixtures, containing 144-thousand multi-colored LED lights that will light up the skies each night.
The Ferris Wheel stands 150 feet tall and can hold 240 passengers in its 40 gondolas. The wheel remains in continuous motion with seven to seven and a half minutes per rotation.
To learn more about the iconic Ferris Wheel and its journey, you can go here.