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Branson Opens New ‘Old’ Ferris Wheel

BRANSON, Missouri — In late June, the Branson Ferris Wheel began a second career at the Track Family Fun Parks overlooking Branson after being a feature at Chicago’s Navy Pier for 20 years.

The newly named Branson Ferris Wheel has a brand-new LED lighting system with 144,000 multi-colored LED lights and a computer program that can display a simple vintage look or a modern energized light show that can be synced to a new sound system.

The 150-foot wheel has 40 gondolas that hold up to six passengers each and takes seven-and-a-half minutes per rotation.

“They purchased something that came with emotional connections; you can’t get those with a brand new attraction,” said Jeff Seifried, president/CEO of the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Branson area locals and visitors alike appreciate sentimental stories, and there is no doubt that this Ferris wheel comes with a lot of them.”

The Track Family Fun Parks, marking its 35th anniversary, has four Branson locations go-kart tracks, laser tag, bumper boats/cars, mini golf, batting cages and arcades.