|White City as it appeared during the 1893 Columbian Exposition (World's Fair) in Chicago. The hit of the fair was the invention of the Ferris Wheel.|
|The 1893 "world's first" Ferris Wheel soared over the Chicago's Columbian Exhibition at 294 feet.|
The new wheel is a different wheel than the old one, and it operates differently. The old one ran continuously and slowly, with riders getting one full, seven-minute revolution, then exiting as others got on. The new one holds 180 more riders, loads six cars at a time, then stops to load six more, and so on; once the ride is fully loaded, riders get another two revolutions, a 12-minute ride in all so a rider will go over the top at least three times.