UPDATE 6/26/12: The Wheel’s official opening date is now this Friday, June 29. Ride tickets are for sale at the Seattle Great Wheel website and are $13 for adults and $8.50 for children. Discounts for seniors and military personnel are available only on-site.
Fear heights? Fear tourists? Then gird yourself for June 28, the tentative opening date for the new Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57. Hal Griffith and Associates, the company behind the new attraction, tells Seattle Met that’s when the new ride will probably welcome the public on board.
Yesterday the 42 gondolas were attached to the 175-foot wheel skeleton. Each holds six to eight people—we did the math for you, that’s up to 336 people at a time—and there are 41 white ones and a single black one. (The latter could be a glass-bottomed car.) All will be heated and air conditioned, reports the Seattle Post Intelligencer. No sign of the rumored windshield wipers that would clear the windows in rare event of Seattle rain.
Prices have yet to be released by Hal Griffith, but one report says that it will be $12 or $13 for adults and $7 or $8 for children.
The new waterfront structure began construction in April. From its location at Alaskan Way and University Street, the wheel will likely draw tourists from nearby Pike Place Market.