The Wheel at ICON Park reopens more than a month after power failure
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Wheel at ICON Park is back open more than a month after passengers had to be rescued from the ride after a power failure. The attraction had been closed since the power failure on New Year’s Eve. Read: Pods clear, 62 people evacuate from The Wheel at ICON Park after loss of powerFirefighters used cranes to reach the 62 people trapped inside 20 different pods. ICON Park officials said the ride has been running successfully for a few days, and passed all necessary inspections to resume operations. WATCH: OCFR releases drone video of rescue at The Wheel at ICON ParkWATCH: OCFR releases drone video of rescue at The Wheel at ICON Park WATCH: OCFR releases drone video of rescue at The Wheel at ICON Park (WFTV)Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Lights back on at The Wheel at ICON Park, ride remains closed after New Year’s Eve power failure
ORLANDO, Fla. — The 400-foot tall The Wheel at ICON Park is once again lighting up Orlando’s skyline for the first time since it temporarily lost power on New Year’s Eve.
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Near record highs Wednesday as front moves closer to Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida will be cloudy and warm Wednesday. Watch: OCFR releases drone video of rescue at The Wheel at ICON ParkThere will be a 20% chance of seeing a passing shower today in Central Florida. Near record highs Wednesday as front moves closer to Central FloridaA front is set to arrive Thursday and the storm system will lower our temperatures and increase our rain chances. Read: Manatee with watercraft wound rescued, transported to SeaWorld for careHigh temperatures for Thursday will be in the 70s and storm chances will be around 40%. Central Florida will have much cooler conditions Friday with high temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 40s in the evening.wftv.com
Orange County Fire Rescue trains on The Wheel for incidents like NYE
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orlando Wheel at ICON Park remains closed on Tuesday after it lost power and stranded riders for hours on New Year’s Eve. Orange County Fire Rescue released drone video of that rescue on Tuesday showing crews climbing The Wheel to rescue people trapped in 20 gondolas. During the press conference, OCFR Captain Greg Hubbard explained that firefighters train on The Wheel on a regular basis. WATCH: OCFR releases drone video of rescue at The Wheel at ICON Park WATCH: OCFR releases drone video of rescue at The Wheel at ICON Park (WFTV)That training is what prepared them to climb The Wheel and check each pod because they could not see inside. WATCH: OCFR releases drone video of rescue at The Wheel at ICON Park“They did lose AC so we’re prepared to bring people down from every position on The Eye,” Hubbard said.wftv.com
WATCH: OCFR releases drone video of rescue at The Wheel at ICON Park
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County Fire Rescue released a drone video on Tuesday that shows crews rescuing riders from The Wheel at ICON Park after the ride lost power on New Year’s Eve.
The video shows rescue crews climbing The Wheel to reach people trapped inside the gondolas.
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The Wheel at ICON Park remains closed Sunday after 62 people evacuated on NYE
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County Fire Rescue spent New Years Eve rescuing riders that were stuck on the wheel, hundreds of feet in the air. Firefighters used cranes to reach the people trapped inside 20 different pods. All 62 people who were stuck were safely rescued according to the fire department. Read: Pods clear, 62 people evacuate from The Wheel at ICON Park after loss of powerOfficials of Icon Park said that this was all caused by a power outage. 62 people evacuate from The Wheel at ICON Park after loss of power, firefighters say Rescue crews help riders safely exit The Wheel at ICON Park Orlando.wftv.com
New this week: Mariah Carey special, 'Maverick,' 'Best Man'
This week’s new entertainment releases include Mariah Carey in concert on CBS singing Christmas songs, a free stream of the beloved 1965 animated special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and megahit "Top Gun: Maverick” lands on Paramount+ on Thursday.
The Wheel at ICON Park pauses laser blaster game to shoot targets on rooftops
The Wheel at ICON Park pauses laser blaster game to shoot targets on rooftopsORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Wheel at ICON Park has decided to pause a new interactive game that had riders shooting laser blasters at targets. READ: The Wheel at ICON Park adds interactive laser blaster game to shoot targets on Orlando rooftopsBullseye Blast allowed riders aboard The Wheel capsules to shoot targets on nearby rooftops around the attraction. The attraction had set up 50 targets with varying degrees of difficulty. WATCH: Family, friends hold vigil for father of 5 fatally shot on SR-408Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
The Wheel at ICON Park adds interactive laser blaster game to shoot targets on Orlando rooftops
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Wheel at ICON Park has added a new level of interaction to its towering attraction. Bullseye Blast will allow riders aboard the wheel’s air-conditioned capsules to scan the rooftops and use interactive laser blasters to hit 50 strategically placed targets with varying degrees of difficulty, ICON Park said this week. Players must hit as many of the targets as possible with the laser blasters, which are custom-made and equipped with an infrared beam to help aim at the targets. READ: State leaders discuss future of ICON Park ridesScores are displayed on the side of the blasters, and targets flash to confirm a hit. READ: 9 things to know about the Orlando FreeFall at ICON ParkVideo: State leaders discuss future of ICON Park rides State leaders spoke about the future of ICON Park on International Drive in Orlando on Wednesday morning.wftv.com
ICON Park introduces new ride, The Carousel on The Promenade
VIDEO: ICON Park introduces Carousel on The Promenade VIDEO: ICON Park introduces Carousel on The Promenade (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — ICON Park is introducing its second self-owned and operated ride, The Carousel on The Promenade. “The Carousel on The Promenade is the first ride of its kind in the Orlando Entertainment District. We’re extremely proud to introduce our second owned and operated attraction to guests,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 14 ICON Park Carousel on The Promenade (Jon Burket)The Carousel on the Promenade at ICON Park was crafted by Chance Rides for an authentic, distinctive look that has been modeled after the finest antique carousels from years past. The 36-foot carousel features 30 figures made up of a variety of animals including horses, reindeer, sea dragons, deer, zebras and more.wftv.com
Teen falls to death from Florida amusement park ride
Amusement Park Death Florida ICON Park attractions, The Wheel, left, Orlando SlingShot, middle, and Orlando FreeFall, right, are shown in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. A 14-year-old boy fell to his death from a ride at an amusement park in Orlando, sheriff's officials said. The boy fell from the Orlando Free Fall ride, which opened late last year. The Free Fall ride and an adjacent ride, the Sling Shot, have been closed indefinitely, Stine said. Stine said there had been no issues reported previously with the Free Fall ride, which opened over the holidays.wftv.com
ICON Park to celebrate Super Bowl LV. Here’s how
ORLANDO, Fla – ICON Park is showing its spirit ahead of Super Bowl LV. This weekend, the entertainment complex along International Drive will celebrate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Officials said any fan wearing a Bucs jersey or apparel on Saturday or Sunday can receive 50% off their ticket to The Wheel. Ole Red Orlando: watch the game and listen to live music while enjoying good ol’ country cooking. Parking at ICON Park is free.
Taste the flavors of ICON Park at Sip n’ Savor event
ORLANDO, Fla – ICON Park is known for its world-class attractions like the Orlando StarFlyer, Madame Tussauds Orlando, The Wheel and the new Museum of Illusions. This Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., the entertainment complex along International Drive is welcoming back its 3rd annual Sip n’ Savor event. “ICON Park is proud to show off our restaurant tenants at this special event for the third year in a row and we’re thankful to Truly® Hard Seltzer for partnering with us this year,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, ICON Park president and CEO. “From sweet to salty to savory, we know guests will be able to find dishes to satisfy any craving!”Restaurants participating in this year’s Sip n’ Savor event include:Tapa Toro Spanish RestaurantBlake Shelton’s Ole Red RestaurantTin Roof: A Live Music JointOutback SteakhouseSugar FactoryAdmission and parking at ICON Park are free. Click here to learn more about ICON Park.
Orlando organization NAMIGO marks Mental Illness Awareness Week with a slate of online events and presentations
click image Photo courtesy NAMIGO/FacebookThe Wheel at ICON Park will go green this weekLocal organization NAMIGO (National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Orlando) is putting on a slate of virtual events to mark National Mental Illness Awareness Week – this very week – and this week/month/year the issues they're spotlighting are definitely more important than ever.Every day this week there will be free online events and related happenings to spotlight mental health issues and access to resources and support here in Orlando.The events offered include:Zoom roundtable hosted by WMFE broadcaster Matthew Peddie along with Yasmin Flasterstein, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Peer Support Space; Eric Welch, Executive Director, National Alliance of Mental Illness Greater Orlando; and Tim Cook, CEO, AdventHealth Altamonte Springs. The panel will be discussing mental health trends and statistics with a focus on Central Florida.The Wheel at ICON Park and other buildings in Orlando will be lit green this evening, in observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week.Panel discussion with NAMIGO's Crisis Intervention team and screening of the documentaryVirtual Zoom open mic. Events run every day through this weekend. For more information visit and a full list of all events this week, visit NAMIGO's website or Facebook pageorlandoweekly.com
The Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando to reopen along I-Drive
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Wheel at ICON Park will be ready to take riders again beginning June 3, according to ICON Park officials. Some of the restaurants at Icon Park, the home base for Orlando’s Wheel, reopened earlier this month. Due to the coronavirus, management at The Wheel at ICON Park have implemented new protocols to keep guests at a distance in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. “At ICON Park, we’re devoted to providing the ultimate entertainment experience for our guests. In one convenient place, you can find world class attractions, excellent restaurants and live entertainment,” ICON Park president and CEO Chris Jaskiewicz said.
Countdown to kickoff: ICON Park Orlando offers special for UF vs. UM
ORLANDO, Fla. - If you're looking for a place to kick off the college football season, ICON Park would be a spirited place to go. The Wheel will be lit in University of Miami and University of Florida colors to celebrate Saturday's big game. ICON Park also wants UM and UF fans to count down to kickoff with its college football special. On Friday and Saturday, guests who purchase the ticket special will get a ride on The Wheel and can pick between a UM Hurricanes specialty cocktail or Florida Swamp special. Tickets for ICON Park Orlandos Countdown to Kickoff can be purchased at the gate and are only available Friday and Saturday.