Apparently downtown Atlanta’s getting a 20-story Ferris wheel

Which begs the question: Just what will riders look at?


Don’t get me wrong. I love Atlanta. Love Downtown. Have unabashed boosterish tendencies. But when I heard that the Atlanta City Council voted this week to approve installation of a twenty-story Ferris wheel near Centennial Olympic Park, my reaction was simple: WTF?

The 187-foot wheel in question is scheduled to arrive in Atlanta in late May, coming from Pensacola where it’s been for the past year. Before that, as Jason Evans, spokesman for Atlanta Partners LLC, the group behind SkyView Atlanta, pointed out, it was in Paris. “Right across from the Louvre. Which is pretty cool.”

Okay, last summer I rode a Ferris wheel outside the Louvre and it was pretty cool. But, as I noted to Evans, that was in PARIS. Where one had a view of, oh, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, the Seine. Just what are you going to see from Centennial Olympic Park, which beside being a little dull, is downhill from Peachtree? Presumably Stone Mountain, when it’s not too smoggy. The streetcar construction? AmericasMart?

Evans says the company is confident SkyView Atlanta will be popular, attracting a sizable percentage of the 1.5 million folks who visit the World of Coke and Georgia Aquarium.

The wheel is slated to arrive late this month. It will be installed in a parking lot adjacent to the Tabernacle and should be operational by mid June. Tickets will be in the $12-14 range for adults and less for kids.

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  • Thomas Lake

    I enjoy the Atlanta skyline from that angle. And I’d take my kids on this ride, for sure.

  • Darin

    The view might not be great during the day, but the city looks awesome from that height at night.

    Now, I’m not saying a Ferris wheel is the best way to experience it — I’ll probably still prefer the roof at The Glenn and the top of the Westin — but you do get a night city-lights-at-night view that many people may enjoy.

  • Jim_MAY

    The difference between Atlanta & Paris? Can you say the 3 L’s!

  • Anon

    You know… the more I look at where this wheel is,the more I concur with Rebecca about its location. The current location is dull (at least in the day). Honestly, if I was the owner of the Skyview wheel..if they had the room,I would have put it somewhere like Atlantic Station. At least it is pretty to look at day and night. Looking at the buildings..and even the expressway..while congested is gorgeous.

    I’ve read that Skyview where corporate groups are already interested in riding on it. Sounds encouraging but I hope that they won’t get discouraged by the day views