Giant Wheel is Cedar Point's ferris wheel ride.
The 1950's was a really bad time for Cedar Point. After all, it almost closed. After formulating a plan to become the "Disneyland of the Midwest", Cedar Point would add rides that would make the park popular. In 1963 Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad took guest on a journey back to the days of the Wild West. Blue Streak became the first major ride built in decades when it opened in 1964. In 1965 Space Spiral opened as the first ride in the world to go over 300 feet. Pirate Ride sent riders back to the days when Pirates ram-sacked the high seas. Frontiertown opened in 1967. Frontiertown was expanded in 1969 to include Cedar Creek Mine Ride. In 1970 Cedar Point Celebrated its 100th anniversary with the Million Dollar Midway and some other additions to bring the lines down. Frontier Trail opened in 1971.
With all these new additions, 1972 would bring many attentions to add to Cedar Point's line up.
1972 would be another big year for Cedar Point. The park would add 3 new attractions, Matterhorn, Jumbo Jet and Giant Wheel.
These new additions would give all member of the family another ride they could ride.
Giant Wheel was located in the middle of the park. It gave a great view of the entire park.
Cedar Point closed for the season on Sunday, October 10, 1999. When the park closed Giant Wheel was taken apart carefully. On the Beach Midway, Kid Arthur's Court was removed and site prep began so Giant Wheel could be moved to its new location.
After the ride was taken apart it was restored. The ride received an overhaul that was hard to complete without taking the entire ride apart.
Giant Wheel was put back together in the spring of 2000. The ride wold be painted and given a new control system.
This move is the first time the ride had been taken down since it was built in 1972.
Giant Wheel is a massive ferris wheel. There are many different types of ferris wheel and they are made by many different people. Over the years the ferris wheel has become a classic amusement park ride.
Giant Wheel was built by Anton Schwarzkopf of Germany. Schwarzkopf only built two of these rides. The first one went to Cedar Point and the second one opened in 1974 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.
Giant Wheel Gets New Lights
As part of Luminosity, Cedar Point wold light up the Main Midway at night with new lights. the park also added new LED to 3 rides: Millennium Force (2000), Giant Wheel (1972), and Power tower (1998)
The line is usually long for Giant Wheel. It usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The longest the line get is like around 45 minutes to an hour.
Giant Wheel was very popular at Cedar Point. After Giant Wheel Cedar Point would add: Cedar Point Cinema (1975-2001), Corkscrew(1976), Troika (1976), Witches' Wheel (1977), Gemini (1978), Wave Swinger (1979), Gemini Children's Area (1979-2013), Oceana (1980-1998), Ocean Motion (1981), Kid Arthur's Court (1982-1999), White Water Landing (1982-2005), Demon Drop (1983-2009), Avalanche Run (1985-1989, Thunder Canyon (1986), Iron Dragon (1987), Soak City (1988-2016), Magnum XL-200 (1989), Disaster Transport (1990-2012), Mean Streak (1991-2016), Challenge park (1992-2016), Snake River Falls (1993), Raptor (1994), Cedar Point's 125th Anniversary Celebration (1995), Mantis (1996-2014), Chaos (1997-2010), Power Tower (1998), Camp Snoopy (1999), Aquatic Stadium (1999-2006), Millennium Force (2000), Wicked Twister (2002), Good Time Theatre (2002-2014), Top Thrill Dragster (2003), maXair (2004), Skyhawk (2006), Maverick (2007), Planet Snoopy (2008), Extreme Sports Stadium(2008-2017), Shoot the Rapids (2010-2015), WindSeeker (2011), Dinosaurs Alive on Adventure Island(2012-2018), GateKeeper (2013), New Gemini Midway (2014), Rougarou (2015), Valravn (2016), Cedar Point Shores Water Park (2017), Steel Vengeance (2018), Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island(2019), and Cedar Point's 150th Anniversary Celebration (2021).
All of these attractions have helped make Cedar Point what it is today.
Photos by:J ake Hamons, Andrew Borgen, COASTER-net ,The Lost Coaster,Russ Hauden, COASTER-net, Ron Hintze, Ray Osburn and Cedar Point.
Last Updated: 5/20/2020