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Great Escape Retires the Giant Wheel Ride After 30-Plus Years

The popular Ferris wheel made its first appearance at the Lake George attraction in 1989.

Awkward hand-holding and make-out sessions are going to be taking a dip this summer in Lake George.

In a tweet late last month, venerable amusement park, The Great Escape, confirmed that its 90-foot Ferris wheel, better known as the Giant Wheel, had been taken out of service after 32 years. “After a very long run, providing countless memories at The Great Escape, the Giant Wheel has been retired,” tweeted the park’s handle at a concerned citizen. “We greatly value the history and tradition of this original ride, but it had reached the end of its cherished and useful lifecycle.”

The Giant Wheel has been a favorite among park-goers for decades, first spinning into service in 1989. After a savvy Redditor noticed in March that the ride, along with another one, the Wahoo Racer, had been taken off of the park’s website, it touched off a mini-controversy, with commenters wondering aloud about the ride’s fate. (The Wahoo Racer has since been re-added to the park’s website.) Only after a self-proclaimed waterslide enthusiast Twitter handle tweeted at the park last month did it confirm the news.

The Great Escape and its waterpark, Hurricane Harbor, officially opened for the season on May 1.

Will Levith
Will Levith is the editorial director of Capital Region Living and Saratoga Living.

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