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The Orlando Eye Lights Up International Drive

The Orlando Eye reached a luminous construction milestone with the installation of the observation wheel’s special lighting. The Orlando Eye officially lit up International Drive for the first time time tonight and I felt honored to be a part of the event along with Merlin Entertainments employees, friends and family.

Almost 64,000 LEDs were installed over a four-week process. The LED lights will use 92.7% less energy than traditional light bulbs. The Eye will offer a variety of lighting options to celebrate holidays and other special occasions.

A Make-A-Wish family was given the honor of flipping the switch to power this evening and once turned on The Orlando Eye began a full rotation to turn on the nearly 64,000 LED bulbs. To celebrate, tonight’s lights illuminated in a beautiful white glow.



Fun Facts:

  1. The Orlando Eye has LEDs which uses 92.7% less energy that traditional light bulbs

  2. The Orlando Eye has 2,652 individual fittings, which in turn each fit 24 LEDs, giving a total number of 64,000 LED on the wheel

  3. The lighting system uses an RGB system to provide for a large variety of color options to fit any special occasion or holiday

  4. In the future, The Eye, which has a white exterior, will have a rainbow of color effects to choose from with the newly installed LEDs.

The Orlando Eye is located in the heart of International Drive, the 400-foot Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the U.S. eastern coast, offering a new way to experience the breathtaking views of Central Florida.

Poised to become a top visitor attraction for the tourism capital of the U.S., the Orlando Eye, part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex, will showcase 360-degree views of Central Florida, including nearby theme parks and attractions, downtown Orlando and Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast, all within the comfort of 30 air-conditioned glass capsules. Each capsule has room for up to 15 guests to enjoy a serene 20-minute journey above the scenic landscape.

Included in the Orlando Eye journey is access to the pre-flight 4D cinema experience, taking guests on a full 3D aerial journey of Florida, with the added dimension of sensory experiences, including lighting, wind, spray and scent effects.

The Orlando Eye opens May 4, 2015. Visit for more information.

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