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The Wheel at ICON Park "Closed For Maintenance" Indefinitely

Updated: Jan 3, 2023

The lights went out over I-Drive New Year's Eve as the 400 feet tall attraction, The Wheel at ICON Park lost power, it now remains closed indefinitely.


The Wheel at ICON Park "Closed For Maintenance" Indefinitely

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 in Orlando has not reopened and remains in darkness, with ICON Park's website now simply stating that "The Wheel is currently closed for maintenance".


As of this afternoon, Monday, January 2, there is no word on when The Wheel will reopen to guests.


Today at 12 pm, ICON Park did post a message across their social media platforms saying "ICON Park's restaurants, attractions, shops and bars are open! The Wheel is currently closed for maintenance. We'll keep you posted on when The Wheel reopens."


ICON Park also released a statement Monday afternoon, "The technical team is conducting maintenance on The Wheel and, as per our protocols, the attraction will be reviewed by Florida state ride inspectors prior to reopening."


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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