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New York Plans World's Largest Ferris Wheel 170 170

justelite writes "It is an old trend to build "The World's largest..." something. One of the latest somethings is a 630-foot tall Ferris wheel planned for Staten Island. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 'The New York Wheel will be an attraction unlike any other in New York City even unlike any other on the planet.' Designed to carry 1,440 passengers at a time, it's expected to draw 4.5 million people a year to a setting that also would include a 100-shop outlet mall and a 200-room hotel."
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New York Plans World's Largest Ferris Wheel

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  • by Relayman (1068986) on Monday October 01, 2012 @02:21PM (#41516085)
    It still won't be as big as the original Ferris Wheel [wikipedia.org] which could hold 2,160 people at a time. Also, will a 9-minute ride still be 50 cents?
  • Re:Loading (Score:4, Informative)

    by Scootin159 (557129) on Monday October 01, 2012 @02:22PM (#41516099) Homepage
    Ferris wheels like this don't stop for loading - they just have a mobile loading platform that moves with the wheel. Also remember that it's not 1440 people per car, but only 40 people that need to be loaded at once.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 01, 2012 @02:25PM (#41516139)

    If you ever went to such a wheel (I'm thinking London Eye now) , you'd know that they never really stop rotating so that they can _constantly_ load and unload passengers, one car at a time, each time one of the cars passes near the floor.

    Are we really on Slashdot as you seem to have never heard of "pipelining" ????? ^_^

  • Re:My biggest fear (Score:5, Informative)

    by TubeSteak (669689) on Monday October 01, 2012 @02:50PM (#41516475) Journal

    I think it is the fact that I just have time to look out at the world and wonder about the minimum wage carnie who maintains the machine.

    The manufacture of amusement and carnival rides is regulated at the Federal level.
    The set up, maintanence, and operation of traveling carnival rides is regulated at the Federal level.

    The set up, maintanence, and operation of permanent amusement and carnival rides is regulated at the State level.
    Your safety may vary.

    Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming have no regulation at all.
    New York has a strong regulatory environment.
    Would you like to know more? [saferparks.org]

  • Re:My biggest fear (Score:4, Informative)

    by RicktheBrick (588466) on Monday October 01, 2012 @03:21PM (#41516885)
    Maybe the Ferris wheel will somehow get loose and start rolling and run over the prettiest female and you will safe her by grabbing her. Than she will sit on your lap and hug you until the wheel stops. By the time you are safely removed from the wheel, she will be madly in love with you. I mean if you are going to imagine something at least make it interesting. The odds of that happening are about the same as you being injured.

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