Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2015) – Earlier this morning, the Orlando Eye officially announced the first major construction milestone of 2015, with the installation of its passenger capsules. The first set of 30 glass capsules will be installed on Saturday, January 17 and the entire process is expected to span over several weeks. Each glass capsule weighs approximately three metric tons (6,600 pounds), or the average weight of an Indian elephant.
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.
Here's a look at the current status of the work being done on the Orlando Eye (from the LIVE camera):
All 30 capsules will feature air-conditioning, bench seating, lighting and audio effects, and interactive tablets providing guests with information on the 360-degree views of Central Florida.