I have a big obsession with ferris wheels. I try to check out every kind of ferris wheel wherever I may be but one of the most amazing is the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island.
Built in 1920 by the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company using 100% Bethlehem Steel forged right on the premises. The co-owners worked as construction men to ensure quality throughout the building process. The Wonder Wheel has maintained a perfect safety record for its entire history.
Each year, the entire 400,000 lb. ride is overhauled and painted to protect it from the elements of weather, wear and tear.
A full-sized replica of the Wheel stands in Disney’s California Adventure and Yokahama, Japan. The only stoppage in the history of the Wonder Wheel was on July 13, 1977 during the Great NYC Blackout when the entire northeast lost electrical power. Riders on the Wonder Wheel were brought down safely because the owners hand cranked the wheel.
The wheel itself stands 150 feet high, has a diameter of 140 feet and can hold 144 people. The Wonder Wheel was named an Official NYC Landmark in 1989.
This wheel is also a movie star. It has appeared in movies, TV shows, commercials, music videos, and magazine ads, including: Uptown Girl, Fringe, Lipstick Jungle, and Ugly Betty.
If you are looking for a great location for a shoot, you can’t forget the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island