Developers Plan Giant "Observation Wheel" for Dallas

Steven Pickering
May 25, 2018 - 5:24 pm
Texas Odyssey Observation Wheel - Dallas

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A company is planning to build a giant observation wheel on the banks of the Trinity River in Dallas. The Texas Odyssey would be more than 500 feet tall and offer dramatic views of the city. It would also be a major addition to the Dallas skyline.

Developers want to build the observation wheel on land along Riverfront Boulevard south of I-35-E in the Cedars West neighborhood.

"An observation wheel, as opposed to a Ferris Wheel, has an enclosed capsule...it's climate-controlled. You can pump content through there and create an immersive experience for people," said project manager David Taggart. 

The Texas Odyssey would be more than twice as tall as the Texas Star at Fair Park and comparable in size to the London Eye and the High Roller in Las Vegas.

"We think that this structure will complement your skyline. We like the south side, we like the Cedars," said Taggart. "Usually these types of projects attract millions of people into these areas. We're going to be excited about seeing people come down and enjoy this thing."

Some officials at City Hall have indicated their support for the project. 

"This is the latest in a line of great new attractions for southern Dallas," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in a prepared statement. "This is sure to be very entertaining and it shows us all that GrowSouth is working."

Company officials hope to make it through the city permitting and zoning process this summer. Planning could take a year, with actual construction taking about two years. That means the Texas Odyssey could open in 2021. 

"We believe this project, in this location at this time will be the catalyst for the next era of growth around the Cedars and the Trinity River, just as the London Eye sparked the rejuvenation of the Docklands area near the River Thames," said Dallas real estate developer Michael Beucler, who's a partner in the development firm.