A special grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held October 27, 2021, outside the immense and wonderous Grandscape Wheel in The Colony. Following the brief ceremony, excited guests were invited to line up and enjoy a ride on the newest Grandscape attraction. Soaring 180 feet above The Colony, the observation wheel offers spectacular, never-before-seen views of Grandscape, The Colony and Frisco. Since its opening September 10, 2021, nearly 35,000 passengers have enjoyed this 360-degree bird’s eye view of North Texas.
Designed by Netherlands-based Dutch Wheels, The Grandscape Wheel is the tallest structure in The Colony, and it can be seen from far and wide. The Colony is one of only 13 cities in the U.S. that has an observation wheel of this magnitude. The Colony Major, Joe McCourry said “Grandscape has a fantastic attraction here – making this the destination to be. What a unique place this is.”
The impressive wheel features 42 climate-controlled music-playing gondolas, including a 4-person silver VIP car that includes Ferrari-style leather seating and a glass floor. The standard gondolas seat up to 8 guests and the VIP gondola seats up to 5 guests.
Jim Riggs, Managing Partner of Southwest Wheel Partners said “We’re off to a really great start, and we’re extremely happy to be here. The Colony is on the map in a big way. This is just the start of what’s happening at Grandscape.”
Grandscape promises that the wheel is nothing short of spectacular! The experience lasts approximately 15 minutes (3x revolution), and every passenger can witness astounding views, regardless of where they are seated in the gondola. Several staff members are at the base of the wheel to assist guests aboard – and the transition between guests is seamless.
The Grandscape Wheel sits adjacent to Jurassic World: The Exhibition and is located at 5470 Grandscape Boulevard, Suite 300. The hours of operation are Wednesday – Friday, 4pm – 10pm and Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm and closed Monday – Tuesday. General admission is $15.94 (12+), juniors (4-11) $12.01, seniors and military $14.31. The VIP Experience is $49.88 per person and includes front of the line access, the VIP gondola (max 5 passengers) and an upgraded stereo and a souvenir photo (per person). Tickets can be purchased online or at the onsite ticket counter. Also available for purchase are drinks (prior to boarding) and souvenir photos.
To follow COVID-19 guidelines, the Grandscape Wheel only allows families in the same household to ride together. Hand sanitizer is provided, and each gondola is sanitized between guests.
Grandscape is an outdoor retail and entertainment destination that offers world-class amenities. The mixed-use development has rolled out the welcome mat for millions of visitors a year, making this a very appealing destination for families and business travelers alike. Grandscape was recently named the most innovative retail and entertainment project in the world by Retail and Leisure International, the world’s only global magazine for the retail and leisure industry.
by Gina Wiklund