National Harbor Plans to Debut The Capital Wheel in May

Observation wheel will be considerably taller than the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

A rendering of The Capital Wheel. (TheCapitalWheel.com)
A rendering of The Capital Wheel. (TheCapitalWheel.com)

First it was an outlet mall, then an MGM casino. Now National Harbor is getting ready to build a 175-foot observation wheel.

National Harbor announced Thursday its plan to debut The Capital Wheel in May at the end of its marina.

The attraction, which will offer views of the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, the city of Alexandria and more, is expected to draw between 600,000 to 800,000 visitors a year.

The wheel will include 42 climate-controlled gondolas, allowing year-round daily operation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each gondola will include eight seats and admission is targeted at $15 per person. 

The Capital Wheel will include 1.6 million LED lights that will be programed to a variety of colors.

At 175-feet, the wheel will be significantly taller than the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which has a 70-foot clearance at its highest point.

The Capital Wheel will feature seasonal concessions by Wolfgang Puck Catering and be available for a variety of corporate and private events.

Amy January 17, 2014 at 06:44 AM
Greg Crider January 17, 2014 at 08:38 AM
It's not something I want to see or hear as I walk along natural area of Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve or the historic waterfront of Old Town Alexandria. Dyke Marsh is the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetlands in the Washington metropolitan area. Milt Petersen has another hair brained idea after seeing a ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde in Paris. Makes one wonder what he won't do to make another $buck.
Jay January 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM
I love seeing National Harbor lit up at night.
matt tallmerq January 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM
It is bad enough listening to them shoot off fireworks what seems like every night over the summer, and often during the winter. Now we have to deal with lights from the ferris wheel. Is there anything we can do about it? Like shoot off fireworks over the National Harbor hotels while their guests are sleeping, or stopping every car with MD plates coming over the Wilson Bridge and exiting into OT?
Linda Couture January 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Will contact Congressman Moran's office to see if the National Capital Planning Commission has approved this monstrosity! We thought "Dollywood" would be bad.....
Pete January 17, 2014 at 01:39 PM
What a bunch of grumps. Only in this area could a Ferris wheel (and fireworks?) elicit such reactions. I think it's a great addition to balance the overwrought "doesn't our history awe you?" navel-gazing on this side of the river.
Drew Scott January 17, 2014 at 04:02 PM
No kidding. Everybody get off their conservative high horses and allow something half fun in this area. If they approved a billion dollar casino I'm sure Moran has no say in this "monstracy".
Linda Couture January 17, 2014 at 05:04 PM
The National Capital Planning Commission handed off all approvals to the developer, Petersen, and Maryland. Have a copy of the paperwork. No one ever implied or said Moran had anything to do with this. Duh!
Drew Scott January 17, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Did i just get a Duh? Nice! I feel like I'm 13 all over again. Doh!
Linda Couture January 17, 2014 at 06:12 PM
You're welcome.
CS January 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM
What's disgusting is the $15.00 fee! What??? Ridiculous.


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