New Ferris wheel debuts tonight on the Santa Monica Pier
Tonight's the night -- the big debut of the new Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier, with speeches, dignitaries, fireworks and all 160,000 lights twinkling and twirling in all their laser-bright, programmed glory.
Also free rides, free snacks and a $65,000 donation raised for the Special Olympics by the EBay sale of the old wheel.
Stats from the press release:
The all-new $1.5-million Ferris wheel was manufactured by Chance Morgan Inc. in Wichita, Kan., and stands 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean, features 20 gondolas with a maximum six riders per car, accommodating up to 600 riders per hour.
-- Veronique de Turenne
Photo: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times