GUIDE: Reaching New Heights In Orlando

Updated: Nov 10, 2019

If you’re a fan of heights, or you’re trying to conquer the fear of them, you’ll find plenty of high-flying adventures in the Orlando area. There are many attractions that reach new heights, and they just keep topping each other. Some of the tallest and craziest attractions you’ll discover in Orlando aren’t even in our theme parks! So, sit back and relax with your feet on the ground (for now), and let’s take a peek at where to get high in Orlando!

The centerpiece of I-Drive’s ICON Park, The Wheel may have struggled with a bit of an identity crisis since it’s opening in 2015, but here’s hoping that its latest (simplistic) name is the one that will stick. The Wheel is an observation wheel (not to be confused with a Ferris wheel) that towers 400-ft over Orlando. The Wheel has 30 climate-controlled capsules, accommodating up to 15 guests each, and a full rotation takes about 22 minutes to complete.

The design of an observation wheel provides for completely unobstructed views from stabilized capsules. This makes for a smooth, comfortable ride with spectacular views. The Wheel has 64,000 color-changing LEDs to create different light shows and displays throughout the year, and Central Florida residents and guests can enjoy these shows even from afar! The Wheel is the second-tallest observation wheel in the U.S., following the High Roller in Las Vegas (550-ft.) – though New York is hoping to top them both in the near future, at 625-ft..

All year long, you can choose from a menu of add-on and package specials to enhance your visit to The Wheel. Pair your revolutionary experience with a meal from a choice of ICON Park eateries with the “Fly & Dine” deal, opt for a combo package including other ICON Park attractions like SEALIFE Aquarium and Madame Tussauds, or make it a “Sky Bar Party Flight” with friends. The Wheel is a fantastic experience, appropriate for all ages. Catch our original videos from the opening of The Orlando Eye, Nik Wallenda’s walk on The Orlando Eye, and the construction process in varying stages, behind-the-scenes.