Ferris Wheel Timeline

Events

Ferris wheels are observed in the Middle East

1620

William Somers issues patent for 16 seat roundabout. George Ferris invents the first Ferris wheel

1893

The Great Wheel in London becomes the world’s tallest Ferris wheel at 308 feet

1895

Big wheel at Blackpool opens. George Ferris dies.

1896

Wiener Riesenrad is erected in Austria

1897

The Grande Roue de Paris becomes the tallest Ferris wheel with a height of 328 feet

1900

New York’s Wonder Wheel is the world’s first eccentric Ferris wheel

1920

Six Flags Astroworld opens the world’s first double Ferris wheel ride manufactured by Intamin

1968

Japan’s Cosmo Clock 21 becomes the tallest Ferris wheel yet, topping out at 353 feet (later increased to 369 feet). The Ferris wheel at Asbury Park is taken down ( it was the oldest operating Ferris w

1989

Tempozan Ferris Wheel opened with a new record of 369 feet

1997

Daikanransha takes tallest record with a height of 377 feet

1999

The London Eye smashes the current record holder with a total height of 443 feet

2000

The Star of Nanching in China becomes the first Ferris wheel over 500 feet tall, with an official height of 525 feet

2006

The Singapore Flyer in Singapore is becomes the world’s tallest open and operating Ferris wheel with a height of 541 feet.

2008

The High Roller in Las Vegas takes the height record.

2014

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