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Top 10 Ferris Wheels: Texas Star & Wonder Wheel

Ferris Wheel
6. Texas Star
     The Texas Star in Dallas, Texas, is North America’s tallest Ferris Wheel and has been the centerpiece of the Texas State Fair since 1985, when it was built for Texas’s sesquicentennial. The 21-stories-high wheel contains 44 gondolas, capable of carrying six each, and requires a operation staff of 18. Prior to 2008, the wheel was illuminated by 16,000 incandescent lights, but like the wheel at Santa Monica, the Texas Star underwent an energy-efficient upgrade and now implements an LED system.
Although it is difficult to count exactly, it is estimated that the 3-week-long Fair attracts 3 million visitors annually and contributes more than $300 million to the Dallas economy. Attractions at the fair include concerts, auctions, an auto show and an assortment of unique culinary items such as deep-fried Twinkies, deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried butter, deep-fried banana splits, deep-fried beer and deep-fried Coke. And from what better view to take in all in than the top of the Star?
 5. Wonder Wheel
      An eccentric wheel (really, it was built by the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company), this type of Ferris Wheel is different in that not all the passenger cars are permanently attached to the outer frame of wheel, but some, instead, slide on tracks within the wheel’s frame as the wheel rotates. Built in 1920, the Wonder Wheel was the first Ferris Wheel of this kind and is located on Coney Island, in Brooklyn, in New York City. Alongside the Cyclone roller coaster and Nathan’s hot dog shop, it is one of Coney Island’s most iconic and popular attractions.
It is 150 ft. (46 m) tall, with 24 passenger cars (16 of which move positions and 8 which remain stationary on the wheel) and a total rider capacity of 144. The other notable Ferris Wheel of this variety, a carbon copy essentially, is Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, built in 2001.
But the Wonder Wheel was the original.
 
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