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A look at the glass capsules for the Orlando Eye observation wheel

by Banks Lee

Orlando Eye Capsule I-Drive 360

The Orlando Eye has released a preview of the passenger capsules that will be installed onto the observation wheel once construction is completed later this year.

The first set of glass capsules arrived on the site earlier this month after making a transatlantic journey from Northern Germany. The glass covering the capsules was crafted in Turkey, and then each capsule was assembled in Hungary.

The installation process is unique to the Orlando Eye, as each capsule will be attached to the wheel by a shaft and hangar attached to the top of the capsule, making it a first for an observation wheel that uses the ski lift capsule design featured on the Eye. This system will keep the floor of the capsule level to allow guests to walk around for optimal viewing.

Day or night, whenever guests begin their journey on the Orlando Eye, they will quietly be lifted away to enjoy the 360-degree views above the hustle and bustle of the city below. Every capsule will offer guests the comfort of air-conditioning, a bench seat, lighting and audio effects for the 20-minute flight experience.

“Construction on the Eye is moving at great speed, and once the outer wheel has been completed, it will be exciting to see the installation process of the capsules,” said Orlando Eye General Manager Robin Goodchild. “Approaching that milestone signifies just how close we are getting to our spring 2015 grand opening.”

All in all, there will be 30 capsules installed, which means that up to 450 people can experience the 360-degree views at one time.

Fun facts:
• Each capsule weights three metric tons (6,600 pounds) or as much as an Indian elephant
• All 30 capsules will have seating, air-conditioning, lighting and audio effects to enhance the guest experience
• Up to 450 guests can take in the 360-degree views at one time on the Eye, which include nearby theme parks, attractions, lakes, lush landscape, downtown Orlando and much more
• Once the structure is complete, the Orlando Eye will be 400 feet tall and weigh approximately three million pounds, making it the tallest observation wheel on the U.S. East Coast
• Each capsule has 10 panes of glass, weighing almost 1,300 pounds

Included in the Orlando Eye journey is access to the pre-flight 4D cinema experience, taking guests on a full 3D aerial journey of Florida, with the added dimension of sensory experiences, including lighting, wind, spray and scent effects.

The Orlando Eye opens in spring 2015. Visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com for more information.

The Orlando Eye Capsule Reveal

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