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One month on from The Wheel at ICON Park losing power, Attraction remains Shuttered Indefinitely

It was on New Year's Eve, December 31, that the lights went out high above I-Drive as the entertainment district's iconic attraction The Wheel at ICON Park lost power, sparking dramatic scenes as firefighters climbed the massive structure to rescue stranded passengers.


Now one month, The Wheel is still not spinning, as work continues to get the ride back up and running.


For the first time since the incident, we have seen the attractions impressive LED Lights coming back on in recent nights, but the attraction itself is still closed and definitely not moving.


The Wheel at ICON Park

ICON Park say that crews have been inspecting thousands of components to determine the reason why the 400-foot observation wheel lost power, and are working on ways to upgrade the attraction to avoid similar incidents in the future.


No reopening date has revealed, with park officials admitting that inspections are still c

“This work is time-consuming and hindered by current supply-chain issues,” ICON Park said in a statement. “After our process and inspections are complete, and then state inspectors approve, The Wheel will reopen.”


A statement from ICON Park reads "This work is time-consuming and hindered by current supply chain issues. After our process and inspections are complete, and then state inspectors approve, The Wheel will reopen. This methodical approach is consistent with our dedication to providing enjoyable experiences for our guests.”


The Wheel at ICON Park

ICON Park on International Drive was hosting a New Year's Eve party, December 31, when the entertainment centres observation wheel, known simply as The Wheel lost power, resulting in a multi hour rescue operation by Orange County Fire Rescue to safely bring dozens of passengers back down to the ground.


The Wheel at ICON Park on I-Drive Loses POWER - All Riders Safely Rescued

At the time of the power failure there were 20 pods occupied on the ride, with Orange County Fire Rescue confirming that they had to rescue 62 people left trapped inside the pods during the incident.


Officials said no one was hurt, and ICON Park confirmed in a statement at the time saying, “The Wheel lost power Saturday night and we’re working with the Orange County Fire Department to safely evacuate guests.”


The Wheel at ICON Park on I-Drive Loses POWER - All Riders Safely Rescued


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