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‘Wheely exciting!’ Gondolas being installed on the new Ferris wheel in downtown St. Louis

The Ferris wheel at Union Station is expected to open in early October.
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Gondola cars are lined up waiting to be installed on the new Ferris wheel at Union Station in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The 200-foot high observation wheel named the St. Louis Wheel, will have 42 fully enclosed, climate controlled and ADA compliant gondolas that seat up to six adults each. Passengers will take three to four rotations high over the St. Louis skyline during the 15-minute ride which is expected to open in October. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

ST. LOUIS — Gondolas started to be installed on the St. Louis Ferris wheel at Union Station on Tuesday.

There will be 42 climate-controlled gondolas on the 200-foot-tall attraction.

The Ferris wheel will be open every day of the year and is scheduled to open in early October. An 18-hole mini-golf course and a carousel will also open in early October.

The gondolas are climate-controlled at a temperature of 72 degrees. Each gondola will hold eight passengers. One VIP gondola will have bucket seats and a glass floor. The ride will take approximately 15 minutes.

More than 1.6 million LED lights will allow the wheel to be illuminated in 16.7 million color combinations.

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