Computer-Generated Light Show At Approximately 8:45 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif.,
(May 27, 2008)
– Bright lights, big wheel is the theme of Pacific Park’s
all-new $1.5 million Ferris wheel reveal beginning at 8:30 pm on Wednesday,
May 28 at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.
Community members attending
the lighting ceremony will find the best vantage point in the upper
parking lot adjacent to Pacific Park. Following the lighting ceremony,
all guests may ride the all-new Ferris wheel for free from approximately
9:15 pm to midnight. Pacific Park will also provide free popcorn, cotton
candy and live music for everyone’s enjoyment.
“We look forward to
sharing the all-new Ferris wheel relighting ceremony and dedication
with the community,” says Jeff Klocke, director of marketing and
sales at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “Everyone is encouraged
to come to Pacific Park and join us for the festivities on Wednesday,
In addition, Pacific Park
will present Special Olympics Southern California with a check for $65,000
from the proceeds of the eBay auction of Pacific Park’s original
This community event will
also feature local dignitaries and business leaders gathered together
to dedicate the all-new Pacific Wheel including Santa Monica Mayor Herb
Katz, Santa Monica City Council Members, and Santa Monica Convention
and Visitors Bureau CEO Misti Kerns, among others.
The first lighting of the
all-new Ferris wheel will be showcased by a pyrotechnics show by Pyro
Spectaculars by Souza who has created fireworks shows for numerous Super
Bowls, Summer and Winter Games, the Statue of Liberty 100th Anniversary
tribute and other theme parks including Disneyland, Disney World and
The all-new Ferris wheel
lighting and pyrotechnics show will be synchronized to music further
enhancing the Ferris wheel’s grand reveal.
Once illuminated, the Pacific
Wheel will add sparkle to the Southern California coastline with 160,000
energy-efficient LED lights providing dynamic, computer-generated lighting
entertainment each evening. The enhanced LED lighting will also provide
75 percent greater energy savings than the previous incandescent bulbs.
With the adaptation of its solar-power application, the all-new Pacific
Wheel will continue to be the world’s only solar-powered Ferris
An exciting component of
the community event will be the use of “Close Proximity Pyrotechnics.”
This fireworks product is a self-consuming application that has no chemical
or burning debris falling to or coming in contact with the ground.
The all-new $1.5 million
Ferris wheel was manufactured by Chance Morgan Inc. in Wichita, Kan.,
and stands 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean, features 20 gondolas with
a maximum six riders per car, accommodating up to 600 riders per hour.
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission-free amusement park, will be in full operation following the ceremony. The Park offers 12 amusement rides, 21 midway games and an oceanfront food plaza. For information and hours of operation, call (310) 260-8744 or visit pacpark.com