“The Branson Ferris Wheel” is one of the most fascinating attractions in Branson where you can have the chance to have a great view of the beauty of the Ozarks as your seat soar to the top of the big wheel. This iconic ferris wheel was once Chicago’s Navy Pier Ferris Wheel which now sits at Track 4 of The Track Family Fun Parks. This beautiful attraction in Branson has a height of 150 feet, 40 gondolas that can hold 240 riders, and it lights up the evening with a music and light spectacular titled Electrify that uses 16,000 LED lights encircling the wheel.
Chicago’s Navy Pier Ferris Wheel was inspired by the original Ferris wheel designer George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. who made the revolving steel observation wheel for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago of 1893. That engineering feat was America’s answer to the recently completed Eiffel Tower in Paris that time. The original Ferris Wheel had a height of 264 feet and was illuminated by 2,500 Edison incandescent lamps. It had about 36 passenger cars that can hold 60 people each, making a total capacity of 2,160 passengers. The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago opened on July 1, 1995 and took its last run on September 27, 2015. That ferris wheel provided nearly 17 million rides. For 20 years, it was an iconic landmark and part of Chicago’s skyline.
With its move to Branson, Missouri in 2016, the new “Branson Ferris Wheel” serves as a new icon in the Ozarks in a very different setting. The 16,000 LED fixtures of new ferris wheel in Branson can hold over 144,000 individual lights. Each light is computer-controlled to light up the Branson sky in an array of colors and animations. But there’s more about this gigantic attraction in Branson. It is built to last for generations, with its foundation constructed using over 4 million pounds of concrete, over 6 million pounds of gravel and 80,000 pounds of steel, and foundation that go down as far as 23 feet below the ground.
This 15-story tall ferris wheel in Branson gives visitors the chance to get some panoramic views of the Ozarks landscape. As you take a ride with the monstrous structure, you may easily think of taking a selfie in front of the dazzling ferris wheel. Opening this summer, Branson Ferris Wheel is perfect for visitors and guests of all ages who want to see the bird’s eye view of picturesque Branson. Located in the heart of Branson, Branson Ferris Wheel presents “Electrify”, is a music and light spectacular show seen every night at 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm, and 10:55 pm. This free show will electrify your senses with 144,000 electrifying lights that dance to music through the Track 4 sound system. If you want to fully experience Electrify, tune in your radio to FM 98.1.
Branson Ferris Wheel which was once Chicago’s Navy Pier Ferris Wheel is a must-try ride in Branson to let you get some picturesque views of the Ozarks landscape.
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