It’s ‘Lights Out’ For Pacific Park’s Ferris Wheel From May 5-25, Attraction To Remain Open For Rides
May 2nd, 2016
Pacific Park to introduce new Ferris wheel lighting package for its 20th Birthday celebration
SANTA MONICA, Calif., (May 2, 2016) — It’s “Lights Out” For Pacific Park’s Ferris Wheel throughout most of May to celebrate its 20th Birthday while making way for a nearly $1 million new lighting package on the world-famous Ferris wheel that will feature higher resolution, greater color depth and faster “frames per second” display speed. The Ferris wheel will remain open for rides during the new lighting package installation.
The Ferris wheel will go fully dark on Thursday, May 5 as lighting specialists and operations personnel prepare the Ferris wheel for the removal and installation of the custom 174,000 LED lights.
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier opened on May 26, 1996, and the new lighting package is part of the 20th Birthday celebration. Each evening beginning Friday, May 6, Pacific Park will illuminate one of the Ferris wheel’s 20 gondolas with the respective year to spotlight a Park milestone, starting with 1996. On Wednesday, May 25 all 20 gondolas will be illuminated in honor of Pacific Park’s 20th Birthday, which will set the stage for the Ferris wheel’s new lighting package reveal the following day.
“Pacific Park is the only West Coast amusement park on a Pier and we are recognizing a variety of other Park milestones throughout May to celebrate our 20 years in the community,” said Jeff Klocke, Vice President at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “We look forward to sharing the Ferris wheel’s new lighting package over the next 20 years with the millions of visitors annually to the Pier.”
Standing 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the solar-powered Ferris wheel’s new lighting package will increase colors displayed from the current 8 to 16.7 million color value combinations, offer higher resolution, greater color depth and faster “frames per second” display speed. The illumination on each of the Ferris wheel’s 40 spokes will go from 18 pixels to 64 pixels creating a new lighting package with 2,560 pixels, which is 1,900 pixels more than the previous system.
The Ferris wheel’s new programming and display software upgrades increase imaging speed from 3 to 24 frames per second to display dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment in the evenings.
The Pacific Wheel’s LED lights are mounted on the Ferris wheel’s structure including the 40 spokes and two hubs. The new lighting package will feature state of the art LED components where one RGB LED replaces the indvidual primary color LEDs, which provides 81 percent greater efficiency and savings on electricity. The existing eco-friendly LED lights already provided 75 percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheel’s traditional incandescent bulbs.
Pacific Park’s new Ferris wheel lighting package is produced by Eworks Pro based in Orlando, Fla. Eworks Pro installed the current lighting system on Pacific Park’s Ferris wheel in 2008, which provided the transition from 5,392 incandescent bulbs to the 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights. In January Pacific Park began its 20th Birthday celebration with the unveiling of a new logo and brand platform that includes a new visual identity for its advertising design, collateral development and in-park signage program, among other marketing activities.
The Park also introduced a new vision statement that reads: “Our purpose is to provide an authentic California amusement experience, where guests of all ages play together in a safe and unrivaled setting.”
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 14 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and beachside retail shops. In addition to the Pacific Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of operation, call 310-260-8744, visit www.pacpark.com, follow on Twitter: @pacpark and Like at Facebook: facebook.com/pacificpark.