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Giant Wheel
Website: Darien Lake Homepage
Ride Type: Spinning Wheel
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.3636
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 13
Last Review: 4/14/2008 4:28:00 PM
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4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PhantomNik on 4/14/2008 4:28:00 PM
Darien Lakes Giant Wheel certainly lives up to its billing, as it simply towers in the center of the park. This is a great ferris wheel, and it sits as one of the better ones Ive ridden. The placement of the ride is absolutely perfect, as it is right smack in the middle of the park, placed nicely along the edge of the lake. The views on this are magnificent thanks to its lofty height, as you get great views of the entire park (including nice looks at all the coasters) and the surrounding countryside. The cycle is good and it moves at a nice clip. The only slight blemish is the crew, that loads rather slowly (although they do load multiple gondolas at a time). Other than that though, this is a relaxing ride that gives stunning views, which is really what you look for from a park centerpiece like this. Final Rating - 8.5/10

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Lin48 on 6/23/2007 1:19:00 AM
Heres one ride at Darien Lake that I actually like. It gives you a fine view of the park and provides time to relax. Its nothing particularly special and is not always worth a long wait, but its something different to do between riding the former Superman roller coaster and using the bathroom.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 4/11/2007 3:30:00 PM
Very well maintained ferris wheel. Fun. Rerideable. Capacity large. Ride cycle long. This is a good way to get a good view of the park.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up biosciking on 11/26/2006 7:39:00 PM
The name here says it all. This really is a giant wheel, the tallest that I can ever recall riding. It is a very leisurely trip, though, with no real thrill whatsoever except for the height. Its not fast and it doesnt swing. However, you can take advantage of this by scoping out the park or getting some decent aerial pictures. Except for the Mind Eraser, this was the longest wait in line I encountered at Darien Lake, but it was certainly not unreasonable.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 7/27/2005 6:03:00 PM
This is a very good ferris wheel with a nice, central location. You can see all points of the park from it, from Superman to the waterpark and over to Viper and Twister. The ride cycle gave abour four rotations, which is about average, but they only loaded approx. 25% of the gondolas so a line built up to about 20 mins. Fortunately, they do load four gondolas at a time, which was a big capacity boost and should be used by other parks.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up x307 on 3/4/2005 2:35:00 PM
Good views, but its a giant wheel, Im not going over 7 for it.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Danny on 5/26/2004 8:28:00 PM
A very tall ferris wheel giving you a great view of the park. Unfortunately, the lines are long and the ride itself is very short.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up GenieRider on 11/11/2003 4:18:00 PM
its a pretty ride at night and when you ride it at night the whole park looks awesome but its not that thrilling.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Lake999 on 9/14/2003 1:19:00 AM
This is a nice Ferris Wheel. The Wheel moves pretty slow, and they barely fill it at all, but its relaxing and offers a beautiful veiw of the park.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Red Rascal on 9/1/2003 8:37:00 AM
Nice ride with a somewhat good view.

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