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SkyWheel Myrtle Beach Takes Guests to New Heights
The newest attraction in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area, the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will stand more than 187 feet above the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and serve as the anchor attraction to the new 1.2 mile Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade.
SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will be the first SkyWheel to open in the United States and the largest observation wheel east of the Mississippi River.
The newest, most exciting way to see the entire Myrtle Beach landscape, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach which will be located next to Plyler Park, will feature 42 Swiss-manufactured fully-enclosed gondolas described as “ballooned-out square”. Each gondola will be heated in the winter and air conditioned in the warmer months and comfortably seat eight passengers. In addition to providing year-round temperature control, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach gondolas will feature UV protective, non-reflective blue glass for excellent viewing and photo or video capturing; a neutral sand-colored interior with bench seating; an LCD monitor and intercom system. The SkyWheel Myrtle Beach VIP gondola will feature these amenities in addition to a glass floor, leather bucket seating for four adults and one child; and installed champagne bucket.
The approximate eight to twelve-minute ride on SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will provide guests with a panoramic view, from the Myrtle Beach shoreline to several miles inland, and serve as the perfect vantage point for a variety of different perspectives of the Myrtle Beach area at different parts of the day, creating the area’s most unique sightseeing opportunity.
A highlight of the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will be a state-of-the-art computer-generated lighting system with LED lights, creating an amazing light show each and every evening after sunset. A variety of dynamic light shows will run nightly and also feature holiday-themed shows to display images associated with Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July.
St. Louis-based developer Koch Development and Pacific Development chose Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for this joint venture because of the new Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, which has its northern end near the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach site. Chance Morgan is the North American manufacturer of SkyWheel Myrtle Beach and gondolas are designed by Ronald Bussink Professional Rides in Switzerland.
SkyWheel Myrtle Beach is scheduled to open in May, 2011. Look for updated information on the Skywheel’s Facebook Page.