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First capsule installed on The Orlando Eye / Fun Spot America and Gatorland break ground on Gator Spot

January 20th, 2015 4:46 PM by Brent Ferry

It was a busy morning in Orlando!

The Orlando Eye is one step closer to completion as it reached a major milestone today with the installation of its first capsule.

 

 

 

Weighing in at approximately 6,600 pounds a piece, or the average weight of an Indian elephant, each air conditioned capsule will accommodate up to 15 riders. A special shaft and hanger system attached to the roof will allow standing or sitting. 30 passenger capsules will be installed in all allowing for 450 total possible guests at one time.

The Orlando Eye observation wheel stands at an impressive 400 feet tall and is located between International Drive and Universal Boulevard just south of Sand Lake Road in the heart of the Orlando attractions area. Interactive tablets will provide guests with information on the sweeping 360 degree view.



Additional Merlin Entertainments brands, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE, will also be part of the complex known as I-Drive 360, Home of The Orlando Eye. Opening is scheduled for Spring. A number of restaurants and bars including Yard House, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, and Tin Roof are already open.



Further up I-Drive another new attraction was also making headlines. Orlando Mayor, officials, and executives were joined by hundreds of visitors, the media, and invited guests at Fun Spot America - Orlando for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the all new Gator Spot by Gatorland.

  

Gatorland + Fun Spot = Gator Spot! The 15,000 sq. ft. facility is a joint-venture between the two local theme parks.



Gator Spot at Fun Spot America will showcase an array of alligators up to 12 feet, a rare leucistic “white” alligator, and numerous crocodiles as well as provide up-close encounters, photo opportunities, a gift shop, and more. Admission will be just $6 per person adult or child.

 


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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 20th, 2015 4:46 PM

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