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Chicago’s Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Finds New Home in Branson

Starting summer 2016, there will be a whole new way to see the sights of Branson. The Track Family Fun Parks are bringing the iconic 15-story Ferris wheel formerly featured at Chicago’s Navy Pier to Branson’s Highway 76.

“Branson will be a great new location for this amazing Ferris wheel,” said Brian Murphy, COO of Navy Pier. “It was a landmark here for many years, and we are happy to know that it will continue to attract thousands of visitors each year to such a family-friendly destination.”

During its 20-year history in Chicago, the Ferris wheel helped make Navy Pier a top tourist destination. The Track Family Fun Parks anticipates the Ferris wheel will continue to draw both repeat and new visitors to the Branson community.

“We are very excited to be the new home to this iconic Ferris wheel,” said Craig Wescott, President and CEO of The Track Family Fun Parks. “Our hope is that adding this unique attraction, which is enjoyed by people of all ages, will enhance our guests’ experience during the time they spend in Branson.”

This Ferris wheel, which was modeled after the first Ferris wheel built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, stands 150 feet tall and can hold 240 passengers in its 40 gondolas. At night, the Ferris wheel shines with 16,000 lights, making it a beautiful addition to the evening skyline.

The addition of the Ferris wheel is part of The Track Family Fun Parks 35th anniversary celebration.

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