Atlanta's newest attraction, a 200-foot tall Ferris wheel in the downtown area's Centennial Park, is now officially open for business.
The SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel stands nearly 20 stories tall and features 42 separate gondolas that can each hold 6 people. The gondolas are climate controlled, so it's set to be an attraction for all types of weather.
According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed and a handful of city council members were the first ones to ride the new attraction shortly after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Apparently, people lined up as early at 7 am this morning to be one of the first to ride the Ferris Wheel.
"The SkyView Ferris wheel is set up to thrill families from all over the Atlanta Metro area," says its creators. "With a view like this, everyone will be wanting a ride. Surrounded by many other local favorite attractions of this downtown Centennial Park area, you'll never find yourself looking for something to do. SkyView. You can see Atlanta from here."
Each ride consists of 4 revolutions and lasts about 15 minutes.
Tickets run from $9.10 (child) to $14.45 (adult). Kids under the age of 2 ride for free.
SkyView Atlanta's owners expect the giant ferris wheel to draw over 50,000 visitors in its first year. The project was funded privately.[All images courtesy SkyView Atlanta]